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Chaffetz avoids re-election battle, eyes Utah governor race

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz speaks during a business meeting in February House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz speaks during a business meeting in February
Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 03:24

In a message on his Facebook page, Chaffetz thanked supporters and announced he will "not be a candidate for any office in 2018". He first entered the political arena in 2003, serving as former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr.'s campaign manager and chief of staff for two years, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, where he's remained ever since.

"When I contemplate another 200 nights away from home, it is just too much", Chaffetz told FOX 13 news anchor Bob Evans. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins.

Representative Chaffetz said he chose 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.

On Nov. 8, 2016, Chaffetz was re-elected to Congress for a fifth term that ends on January 3, 2019. 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.

"God speed and hope to see you run for office some day in the near future", Cindy Burchett added. And he and other Republicans asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clinton lied to Congress during her 2015 testimony to House Benghazi panel.

His declining popularity has led people on both sides of the political spectrum to consider running against Chaffetz in the Third District, which mostly represents rural southeastern Utah but also includes the southern Salt Lake City suburbs and the college towns of Orem and Provo.

Chaffetz said his decision has nothing to do with thinking he could lose re-election in 2018. President Donald Trump won the district in 2016 with 47 percent of the vote.

Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he won't seek re-election in 2018.

Still, in his statement, Chaffetz maintained that it was not this possibility of losing that has made him give up his seat - but then again, would he say anything different?

Republicans have a deep bench of talented candidates in Utah who are more than up to this challenge.

If Chaffetz were to leave early, the governor would call a special election to replace him. Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, says he.