Oversight Chairman Chaffetz Won't Run to Keep Seat in 2018
"After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018", the Utah Congressman wrote Wednesday on Facebook. Many of you have heard me advocate, 'Get in, serve, and get out.' After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time.
Many of Utah's state lawmakers were on a bus early Wednesday on a two-day legislative visit to rural Utah when the news broke that Chaffetz wasn't going to run for a sixth term in 2018.
Chaffetz said he has "no ulterior motives" and is healthy and confident he would be re-elected. "I've always believed that", said Chaffetz, (R) Utah.
Chaffetz was first elected to represent Utah's Third Congressional District in 2008 and served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
"Serving is an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted", Chaffetz said in a Facebook post.
Chaffetz, a conservative Republican who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008, gained prominence as head of the committee that investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was USA secretary of state.
He could face stiff challenges from potential GOP candidates that include the state's popular lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, and Josh Romney, a Salt Lake City-based real estate developer and son of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
But Chaffetz has balked at the slightest suggestion his committee should investigate President Trump, despite the obvious opportunities to do so. Chaffetz faced boos and harsh criticism from constituents during a town hall meeting in February, and a Republican challenger had already announced his intention to try and unseat Chaffetz in 2018.
Come 2018, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is out of the House.
As chairman, Chaffetz raised his political profile investigating waste, fraud and abuse under the Obama administration, taking a specific interest in IT and workforce issues. "I'm happy he'll be able to spend more time with his family, which I feel is really important".
The 50-year-old Chaffetz had strolled to four easy re-elections in his Republican-friendly congressional district.
"I haven't had enough time to really think or have a moment to myself to see if it changes my thoughts", Curtis said.
Chaffetz attained national political stardom at the helm of several investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and has stood out among Republicans in Congress for his staunch, often casual defense of Donald Trump, amid concerns that Trump's ongoing ties to his businesses pose an ethical conundrum-often from his own party.