Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

Apr 21, 2017, 00:18
Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

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.

"It's a tough decision". I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins, ' Chaffetz wrote. I thinks that's, get in, serve and get out.

Some have speculated that Chaffetz is preparing to run for governor in Utah in 2020.

I'm proud to call him a friend.

Chaffetz led a almost two-year investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, continuing the inquiry even after the 2016 election. Before the election, Chaffetz and other Republicans on the committee were quietly preparing to investigate Clinton's emails for potentially years but have since let the investigation go by the wayside.

"I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career", he continued.

Kathryn Allen, a Democrat who recently announced she would run against Chaffetz in the 2018 election, said she was surprised at his decision, but hopes it means a better future for what could be her congressional district. But Chaffetz has been reluctant do so, despite getting an earful from his constituents during a February town hall meeting. "The more I'm here, the more I'm convinced I don't want to be in the United States Senate", Chaffetz said. Chaffetz only had $403,000 in his account through the end of March.

"Americans have choices", he responded.

He also sparked anger when he said that perhaps under the GOP's proposed health care bill, folks should just choose between a new iPhone or coverage. "I would take a serious, serious look at running for governor", Chaffetz told the Deseret News in 2016.

Chaffetz attained national political stardom at the helm of several investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and has stood out among Republicans in Congress for his staunch, often casual defense of Donald Trump, amid concerns that Trump's ongoing ties to his businesses pose an ethical conundrum-often from his own party. Chaffetz won 73 percent of the vote last fall, and Trump won the district by 24 points.

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. Has it been merely partisan hackery, or has Chaffetz had a more specific reason?

In Utah, officials have begun running informal scenarios on how and when to hold a special election should Chaffetz resign, but have not been formally notified of the congressman's intentions, Mark Thomas, the state's director of elections, told Reuters.

"It's still somewhat surprising to me", Karpowitz said.

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