If Chaffetz resigns, Utah would hold special election

In his statement Wednesday, the congressman said "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018". According to The Blaze, the Republican said he did not believe one should spend their entire career in politics, and after 1,500 nights away from his family over his time in office, it was time to step away. Although he left open the possibility that he would seek public office in the future, he emphasized that he would not do so in 2018.

Chaffetz told the station he will get a job in the private sector, but didn't say what that would be.

Representative Chaffetz said he made a decision to announce his intention not to run for re-election now to allow fellow Republicans the time necessary to develop the essential groundwork and campaign apparatus necessary to win the race.

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

Wednesday, Chaffetz turned the political landscape in Utah upside down. "The state needs to figure out how this works". He was met by frequent, deafening boos at a February town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating Trump's tax returns to Planned Parenthood. Chaffetz will remain as the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Another potential challenger is frequent Trump-critic Evan McMullin, a Mormon and former Central Intelligence Agency agent who mounted an independent run for president past year.

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

"After seeing his district and his state first-hand, I can certainly understand why it is calling him back", Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, said of Chaffetz's decision to not seek re-election in a statement yesterday.

Chaffetz's decision is likely awful news for Allen and the Democrats, as the district is normally not a competitive opportunity.

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. President Donald Trump won the district in 2016 with 47 percent of the vote. The names of potential candidates being circulated include State Senator Deidre Henderson, former independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin and Provo Mayor John Curtis.

Democrats championed Chaffetz announcement, saying "Chaffetz' behavior has always been beneath the dignity of the office he holds".

Chaffetz, 50, was elected to the House in 2008.

"I'm saddened to learn that Jason Chaffetz won't be seeking re-election in 2018".

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