The chairman of the House Oversight Committee announced Wednesday he wouldn't seek re-election and in the process re-ignited rumors of a run for Utah's governorship in 2020.
"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. "I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins", he said in a statement (and a Trumpian one at that, to declare that you're not running, but would have won if you had).
During the 2016 campaign, Chaffetz made headlines after rescinding his support for Trump following the release of a tape depicting Trump using sexually aggressive language and then providing his endorsement again as the election neared. 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. So who is Jason Chaffetz, and does this news matter to anyone outside of Utah? At the time, 2nd District Rep. Chris Stewart was reportedly a contender for secretary of the Air Force under President Donald Trump.
Chaffetz told NPR's Morning Edition in February that his committee was concerned with possible mishandling of classified information when Trump was apparently briefed on a North Korean missile test at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida while dining with the Japanese prime minister.
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James Evans, Chair of the Utah Republican Party, says Utah's race won't be so contested.
Chaffetz represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday on a grassroots crowdfunding effort by Kathryn Allen for the 2018 Democratic nomination in UT-03 that was fueled by Chaffetz' dismissal of health-care costs last month. Schreiber believes this indicates a tighter 2018 election season in red states.
He didn't rule out a run for Utah governor in 2020.
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Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election next year for a sixth term in Congress.
"I just didn't ever think I would need to make that sort of a decision this soon, so that is surprising", she said.
The position of chairman of the House oversight committee is important to conservatives because the panel performs a key function, said Rachel Bovard, director of policy services at The Heritage Foundation and a former Senate aide.
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