House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

  • House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

Rep. Jason Chaffetz at a hearing on Capitol Hill on September 21.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File).

Democrats championed Chaffetz announcement, saying "Chaffetz' behavior has always been beneath the dignity of the office he holds". Chaffetz now serves as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, where his actions affect the whole country.

Jason Chaffetz wants to be governor. Washington - and all the politicians who occupy it - are viewed with suspicion (and that's being nice) by the Republican base. While the comments were controversial, some applauded his brutal honesty and quickly noted former President Barack Obama making similar remarks when promoting the Affordable Care Act.

'For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives.

For the time being, Chaffetz says, he will "return to the private sector".

Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election next year for a sixth term in Congress.

"This is a decision to avoid what could have been an embarrassing defeat that would have hurt his prospects in the future", Karpowitz said.

Running for Utah governor in 2020 is a possibility, Chaffetz said, but he's not willing to commit one way or another. "Undoubtedly, he will appreciate being able to spend more time here in the great state of Utah".

As the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz expected to lead investigation after investigation into presumed 2016 presidential victor Hillary Clinton.

Chaffetz during his memorable February 2017 town hall.

He has faced pressure from protesters in his home district and federal watchdogs for not pursuing investigations into the Trump administration more forcefully. In that regard, it's worth noting that the domain "JasonforGovernor.com" now points to Chaffetz's Congressional campaign site. "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018", Chaffetz said.

Hughes and Wright didn't return messages. In 2016, it went 47 percent for Donald Trump, 24 percent for independent challenger Evan McMullin, and 23 percent for Hillary Clinton. Chaffetz won the Utah House seat after defeating fellow Republican Chris Cannon in a primary run-off election. Kidd had raised $15,500 in recent months but was left with only $1,600 after spending most of it, according to his most recent fundraising reports.

Chaffetz's remarks on a possible early departure from office were first reported by KSL Radio in Salt Lake City.

Republicans to watch as potential replacements for Chaffetz include: Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes, State Senator Deidre Henderson, Provo Mayor John Curtis and National Committeeman Thomas Wright.