House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Industry body Nasscom

Industry body Nasscom

Jason Chaffetz will not be running for office again in 2018.

Since GOP leaders hold the most sway on the House Steering Committee, which determines lawmaker committee assignments, it could be tough for Jordan to win the Oversight gavel, one of the most high-profile chairmanships in Congress. "I trust you to find the best person to serve", he said.

Possible successors to Cheffetz as House oversight chairman other than Jordan include Reps. So why is Chaffetz doing so?

Jason Chaffetz is not running for reelection in 2018, opening the field in what has been a strongly Republican district in the state. Chaffetz won 73 percent of the vote last fall. "It's a target-rich environment", he said, seeming to assume Clinton would beat Trump.

Additionally, Chaffetz said, "The president is exempt from the conflict of interest laws". The cartoon was titled: "Republicans refuse to investigate Trump's shady dealings".

But Chaffetz has balked at the slightest suggestion his committee should investigate President Trump, despite the obvious opportunities to do so. The longer you spend in Washington, the worse off you are; for every year there, it becomes that much tougher to get away from the DC stench in the minds (and noses) of Republican voters. "I really meant it when I said I was going to get in, serve and get out".

But despite the criticism and missteps, Chaffetz downplayed suggestions that he is leaving Congress due to political pressure.

Chaffetz said he will return to work in the private sector despite saying he is "confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins". Also, he was bored.

But he was under a lot of pressure from the left lately, which, in the context of everything else, may also not have been fun for him. At a town hall in February, Chaffetz was essentially booed for an hour straight, and a new billboard in his hometown of Provo questions the congressman's reluctance to investigate Russia's meddling in USA elections. Allen has an appealing pitch, particularly in the throes of a fraught health care debate: "The U.S. Congress needs a caring physician", she says on her fundraising page.

"Americans have choices", he responded.

During his time heading the committee, Mr. Chaffetz has focused often on two pet issues: criticizing the Secret Service for security lapses and holding Mrs. Clinton to account. "I would take a serious, serious look at running for governor", Chaffetz told the Deseret News a year ago.

Chaffetz might be taking a break from politics through 2018, but he didn't rule out returning to the scene in the future.

As some have speculated, Chaffetz, one of the most powerful and influential Republicans in the House, may be considering a run for governor.

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