DNC staffers push conspiracy theory after Chaffetz announces he won't seek re-election

Tomas Mccoy
April 20, 2017

Powerful House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) revealed in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he does not plan to seek reelection to Congress in 2018.

Chaffetz' statement says he isn't ruling out running for elective office in the future, and Republicans believe that this move may be created to help him lay the groundwork for a statewide run soon. "After more than 1,500 nights away from home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018".

Her well-funded campaign and the competitive edge that comes with being an incumbent makes Chaffetz's decision to step aside at the present all the more bemusing.

Since the announcement, Chaffetz has grandstanded like he's exhausted of public servantship, amid rumors he might run for Utah governor in 2020.

Approximately half of the voters in Chaffetz's 3rd congressional district, which spans from Salt Lake to southeastern Utah, are registered Republicans.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., described Chaffetz as "a great defender of liberty and limited government" in a Twitter post. He was met by frequent, deafening boos at a February town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating Trump's tax returns to Planned Parenthood. A representative from his office did not immediately return a request for comment from Business Insider. He led investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and her handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack.

Here's what we know then: Chaffetz never viewed himself as a House lifer.

Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he won't seek re-election in 2018.


Chaffetz told the station he will get a job in the private sector, but didn't say what that would be. While someone like Jason Chaffetz has no worries about losing his own seat, the idea of being in the powerless House minority has to hold zero appeal to him.

Chris Karpowitz, a professor of political science at Brigham Young University, said it is likely that Republicans more seasoned than Kidd such as Provo Mayor John Curtis or Evan McMullin, who ran for president as an anti-Donald Trump independent, would run.

He did send a letter to the Office of Government Ethics after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway endorsed Ivanka Trump's retail brand during a cable news interview.

Last month, Chaffetz put his foot in his mouth when he suggested on television that Americans must choose between "getting that new iPhone that they love" and paying for their health care.

Part of that excitement is fueled by the thought that it could be easier for a Democrat to win Chaffetz's seat should there not be an incumbent in the race.

Given conservative backing for term limits and populist loathing of the permanent political class, Chaffetz might be poised to become a national hero for both groups.

Thank you!Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in the United States House of Representatives.

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