Chaffetz Could Be Mulling a White House Run

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Others formed a super PAC initially focused on ousting Chaffetz. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, heads to his vehicle after being his fourth interview in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. There's no clear indication, they say, whether Chaffetz will even finish out his current term.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File).

We've reached out to both Rep. Chaffetz and Friends of Jason Chaffetz for comment, and will update if and when we hear back.

After House Speaker John Boehner abruptly resigned in the fall of 2015, Chaffetz mounted a bid for speaker of the House against Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but his effort failed to gain major traction. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Hatch, first elected in 1976, has not yet said for sure whether he'll seek re-election. Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House Over. While Chaffetz made sure to let his constituents know that he is both "healthy" and confident that he would "continue to be reelected by large margins", Chaffetz did not make any mention of the fact that he had publicly declared interest in a 2020 bid for governor of Utah just a year ago. He said he made the decision after consulting his "family and prayerful consideration".

Chaffetz left open the possibility that he would run for office again, potentially in the 2020 Governor's race.

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If Democrat Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, Chaffetz promised "years" of investigations by his committee - endearing himself to Utahns and Republicans across the nation.

Romney's son, Josh, has expressed interest in running for the office.

"It's the most conservative part of one of the most conservative states in the country", Utah State University political scientist Damon Cann said.

Chaffetz has seen a rough start to 2017, including a town hall meeting at the beginning of February in Cottonwood Heights where a crowd of angry constituents openly booed Chaffetz and led chants of "Do your job!". Utah's 3rd CD has a Cook index of R+25, and has been represented by Republicans for the last 20 years.

Meanwhile Chaffetz's campaign committee recently purchased Jason2028.com and JasonChaffetz2028.com.

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Henderson said she and her family are strongly considering a campaign, and Curtis said Wednesday that he hasn't made any decisions but Chaffetz's announcement "has certainly given me pause for thought about my future".

Hughes and Wright didn't return messages.

"All of these House seats that weren't close in 2016 are going to be close in 2018", Schreiber said.

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.

He has faced pressure from protesters in his home district and federal watchdogs for not pursuing investigations into the Trump administration more forcefully. When asked by reporters if he is considering a run for the Senate instead, Chaffetz indicated he was not leaving the House to go that route.

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