House Oversight chairman Chaffetz to leave Congress after '18

Posted April 20, 2017

Earlier today, House Oversight Committee Chairman and Benghazi enthusiast Jason Chaffetz announced that he would not seek reelection to public office in 2018. Congress is now on recess and we have not yet heard back from Chaffetz' spokesperson.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Chaffetz thanked his constituents for allowing him to represent them in Congress, explaining he'll be exiting government life to pursue opportunities in the private sector and spend more time with his family.

Republican strategists think Chaffetz is bored investigating his own people.

He's often even stumbled over himself trying to make headlines: over the summer he endorsed Trump only to recant his endorsement in October after it became clear Trump could be a political liability. But he's been criticized for not investigating President Trump's potential conflicts of interest and his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation. During heated debate over the security problems within the Secret Service the agency tasked with protecting the president accessed personal information about Chaffetz and ultimately apologized for the wrongful invasion of privacy. Chaffetz, who came out hard against Trump in the 2016 election, is in a odd position now.

So what does that leave Chaffetz to do? "Many of you have heard me advocate, 'Get in, serve, and get out, '" his statement read.

Where elsewhere? Well two-term Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) announced that he wouldn't seek a third term in 2020.

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Might we be rid of Chaffetz while also welcoming a new blue replacement?

Chaffetz's announcement follows months of fundraising efforts by his Democratic challenger, Kathryn Allen, who has raised about $400,000 this year for a total of more than $534,000 in her campaign account. It's one of the most Republican districts in the nation.

There are also Republicans lining up to challenge him.

"Americans have choices", he responded. Chaffetz never got the mayor thrown behind bars, but his interference was enough to get the DC government from carrying out a form of cannabis legalization that still prohibits the kind of retail market seen in states like Colorado and Washington. Chaffetz only had $403,000 in his account through the end of March. Jeanette and I wish Jason, Julie and their family well in their future endeavors. He undertook a wide range of probes during the Obama administration but has been criticized for inaction since President Trump's election.

In 2015, he launched a quixotic bid to succeed former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, before stepping aside when Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he was willing to run for the position.

But Chaffetz has clearly decided that speaker is no longer a job he wants. Orrin Hatch decides to retire? At the time, he said his upward mobility in the House was a factor.