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One Of Congress' Most Powerful Figures Isn't Running For Re-election

21 April 2017

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chair of the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced Wednesday he would not seek reelection in 2018. He first entered the political arena in 2003, serving as former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr.'s campaign manager and chief of staff for two years, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, where he's remained ever since. "I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career", Chaffetz posted Wednesday morning.

"I'm not going to be here forever", Chaffetz said of Washington.

Chaffetz added that he has "no ulterior motives" in making his decision to leave Congress.

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"The more I'm here, the more I'm convinced I don't want to be in the United States Senate", Chaffetz said. This was hammered at home for Chaffetz in February at a town hall meeting where he was booed and told "do your job" after saying his committee would not investigate Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

I am grateful for all of you in the current and previous 3rd Congressional District. Allen took issue with Chaffetz's comments about the need for low-income Americans to make purchasing healthcare more of a priority than buying the latest iPhone. Other than a six-year period when conservative Democrat Bill Orton represented it from 1991 to 1997, the Third District has been reliably Republican since its creation in 1982. "I'm happy he'll be able to spend more time with his family, which I feel is really important".

There has been speculation that McMullin planned to challenge Chaffetz for his seat in 2018.

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Chaffetz told the station that he made his decision after his 50th birthday in March, calling it "a time to reevaluate". "The NRCC is very confident in our ability to keep this seat red in November 2018". Here's how she phrases it: "Sources say there is kompromat on Jason Chaffetzl that this is why he turned and that Federal Bureau of Investigation know it" (link).

Chaffetz had been feeling political headwinds in recent weeks, as Democrats mobilized to raise money for a candidate to run against him, as Chaffetz also faced the threat of a possible GOP challenger. "I trust you to find the best person to serve", Chaffetz wrote.

"This is a signal that anyone who's cozying up and enabling Donald Trump and his extreme agenda is feeling incredible pressure, and Rep. Chaffetz didn't like that pressure", he said.

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