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

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 21, 2017

"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.

Before running for Congress, Chaffetz worked for politician and diplomat Jon Huntsman Jr.in 2004 as campaign manager in Huntsman's successful race for Utah governor, then as chief of staff after Huntsman took office. On Facebook, Chaffetz argued public service should not be for a full career. "Many of you have heard me advocate, 'Get in, serve, and get out, '" his statement read.

Chaffetz has represented Utah in the House of Representatives since 2009, after he defeated incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon for the GOP nomination.

If Chaffetz runs for Utah governor, however, he won't necessarily be the front-runner, Karpowitz said.

Or maybe it's something that has nothing to do with any of that!

James Evans, Chair of the Utah Republican Party, says Utah's race won't be so contested. Some 1,000 people attended a raucous February town hall meeting, yelling at Chaffetz to "do [his] job" and investigate Trump for potential conflicts of interest. Hatch told CNN last month that he will seek another term next year rather than retire. Articles featured include reporting on world news, politics, finance, health, entertainment and technology. He stressed that he did not have "ulterior motives" for making the decision and said he "may" run for office again. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. Good luck with that, you baby-faced toad.

With news that popular independent Evan McMullin is now considering running for Chaffetz's seat, those involved in the GOP establishment should be concerned that Chaffetz is trying to leave sooner rather than later.

Residents in typically liberal Washington donated money to Damian Kidd, a conservative Republican in Utah who had announced that he would challenge Chaffetz in 2018. More than a week before his announcement, Friends of Jason Chaffetz registered two domain names: Jason2028.com and JasonChaffetz2028.com.

Dr. Kathryn Allen, a Democrat and first-time candidate, harnessed the anger over Chaffetz's iPhone comments and raised more than half a million dollars for her campaign.

Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) called Chaffetz a "tenacious and dedicated public servant", adding that he "has fundamentally changed the culture on our committee so members ... can disagree without being disagreeable".

"There was some discontent in the district with Jason Chaffetz, and so he avoids what would have been an embarrassing loss, and avoiding that loss preserves options for the future", Karpowitz said.

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