House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

Jason Chaffetz won't seek re-election in 2018

Jason Chaffetz won't seek re-election in 2018

The situation with Flynn was "taking care of itself", Chaffetz said. Chaffetz repeatedly said, "hold on", and "give me a second", as audience members in a Salt Lake City suburb reacted negatively to almost all of his statements and implored him to "do your job" and investigate Trump. "I'm happy he'll be able to spend more time with his family, which I feel is really important".

Democrats championed Chaffetz announcement, saying "Chaffetz' behavior has always been beneath the dignity of the office he holds".

As much as Trump supporters don't want to hear it, Chaffetz's decision could be a signal that he expects the current administration to create the sort of problems that would inevitably have to be investigated by say... the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Utah's 3rd CD has a Cook index of R+25, and has been represented by Republicans for the last 20 years.

"I may run again for public office, but not in 2018", he wrote.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Wednesday he will not be on the ballot in 2018, forgoing a re-election bid and writing off a run for U.S. Senate.

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Representative Jason Chaffetz is the chair of the extremely influential House oversight committee. Why take even the slightest chance that a Democrat could win the seat against a GOP unknown, when Chaffetz's victory would be all but promised?

Chaffetz went on to make it clear people shouldn't look too deep into his decision to leave office.

Political observers had once speculated that Chaffetz might consider challenging Utah's senior US senator, Orrin Hatch, when Hatch - who some Republicans see as insufficiently conservative - seeks re-election in 2018.

Assuming Republicans keep their House majority in next year's midterm elections, a race to succeed Chaffetz wouldn't start in full force until 2018. "The NRCC is very confident in our ability to keep this seat red in November 2018", Stivers said.

Chaffetz is a popular figure among conservative Republicans and a long-time thorn in the District of Columbia's side.

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Still, Chaffetz has run into political turbulence. "I wish him all the best in his future endeavors".

In the four presidential elections between 2000 and 2012, Republican candidates won the district by more than 65 percent of the vote. The crowdfunding site CrowdPac has already raised over $11,000 in pledges if Curtis agreed to challenge the congressman. Curtis said he hasn't had time to think about the unanticipated change in the landscape.

"I'm proud to call him a friend", the Ohio Republican said in a statement.

Throughout his tenure in Congress he was known as a forceful foe when it came to incidents of government waste and severely lambasted those he felt guilty of such taxpayer abuse when they appeared before him during hearings.

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