UPDATE: (One varmint down hahaha:) GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz Announces He Won't Run for Re-Election in 2018
GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz Announces He Won't Run for Re-Election in 2018
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced Wednesday that will not run for re-election in 2018, a surprise decision from the congressman who raised his profile investigating the administration of President Barack Obama.
"After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018," he wrote on Facebook. "I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career. 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. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018."
He has come under pressure, mostly from Democrats, to investigate the Trump administration, including Russia's involvement in the U.S. presidential election. But Chaffetz has declined to do so, saying that Intelligence Committees are better equipped to do so. He has also been reluctant to look into Trump's potential conflicts of interest pertaining to his businesses.
Chaffetz, 50, first won election in 2008 and has easily won re-election since then. In 2016 he won his district with nearly 74 percent support. Trump won his district with only 47 percent.
This is pretty interesting. This buffoon thought he was reall going to be a big man for a while there. He must not have been able to take the folks back home publicly humiliating him. What a crybaby. (Some Hillary fans are claiming that the RUSSIANS!!!! have something on him and that's the real reason he's quitting. They have some kind of RUSSIAN!!! rabies or something.)
Now if only we could get the Clinton Creature to do the same. Forever.
Now he says he might go early. What is he running from???
Jason Chaffetz on leaving Congress: 'I may depart early'
"I will continue to weigh the options, but I may depart early," Chaffetz, who chairs the House's powerful oversight committee, reportedly told Utah's KSL Newsradio host Doug Wright. "The state needs to figure out how this works."
After the Utah Republican announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018, he made the second jarring announcement via text message on Wednesday.
So what's keeping Chaffetz in office? It turns out there are no set procedures in Utah for how to replace a congressman who leaves mid-term. According to UtahPolicy.com, state law only says that in the event that a U.S. representative leaves office, the governor will issue a proclamation calling for a special election.