Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Jason Chaffetz Won't Seek Reelection in 2018

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Madeline Patrick | 20 April, 2017, 09:40

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But Chaffetz, who was always thought to have higher political ambitions, left open the door to a future run for office, adding, "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018".

He said that despite "the encouragement of many", he will not be running for Chaffetz's seat as he does not live in the 3rd Congressional District, a Republican stronghold that stretches from Salt Lake County and through Provo to San Juan County.

The Oversight Committee chairman announced Wednesday he would not be seeking reelection to the House in 2018. Cannon refused to meet with Chaffetz after that.

But Chaffetz's explanation didn't stop DNC Deputy Communications Director Adrienne Watson from assuming the worst - without a shred of evidence.

Given conservative backing for term limits and populist loathing of the permanent political class, Chaffetz might be poised to become a national hero for both groups.

Chaffetz told Fox News on Wednesday he will not run for Senate.

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Some criticized the Utah Republican. The NRCC is very confident in our ability to keep this seat red in November 2018. Fueled by Chaffetz's comments about iPhones and poor people and crowdpac.com, she has raised more than $560,000. "It's the way I think it ought to be done". In 2016, it went 47 percent for Donald Trump, 24 percent for independent challenger Evan McMullin, and 23 percent for Hillary Clinton.

Readers, are you surprised at Chaffetz's decision to step aside? At the time, he said his upward mobility in the House was a factor.

"McCarthy just got 'Chaffetzed.' Something I know a little something about", Huntsman tweeted. It's one of the most Republican districts in the nation. Rumors he may run for the governor of his native state in 2020 are still circulating. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, and former Utah GOP chairman Thomas Wright.

"He is a good friend, terrific public servant and a colleague that will be greatly missed in the House of Representatives and in the Utah delegation", he said. One design reads "Chaffetz is a Bully", while another shows the congressman's face accompanied by an even pithier caption.

Thank you!Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in the United States House of Representatives. Regardless, Chaffetz likely (correctly) assumes that America will be in ruins by 2028, giving him the flawless opportunity to swoop in, save the country, and finally get the recognition he so very much deserves.

His likely Democratic challenger next fall is political newcomer and family physician Dr. Kathryn Allen, who had an uphill battle in the red district, has already raised over $560,000 for her campaign, an nearly unprecedented sum for a non-incumbent congressional campaign 18 months away from election day.

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