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Chaffetz Avoiding Responsibility for Nonexistent Trump Oversight

Jason Chaffetz Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election
Eleena Tovar | 20 Abril, 2017, 13:54

The congressman behind some of the most controversial moves in recent USA politics has chose to leave government for the private sector.

Chaffetz also started a media firestorm when he said low-income Americans should have to choose between an iPhone and health care coverage - a statement he later said did not come out "smoothly".

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who has been a top ally of the Trump Administration in Congress, says he will not run for re-election in 2018.

Chaffetz's decision means walking away from one of the most high-profile jobs in Washington - chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee - two years before he would be term-limited out of the gig. Kidd said he respects Chaffetz's decision to honor his promise of not being a career politician and he wishes him well with his future endeavors.

"Congressman Chaffetz has represented Utah in the United States House of Representatives with distinction, and I have appreciated working with him over the last eight years on issues vital to our state".

Chaffetz said he announced now so that another candidate could rise in the 3rd Congressional District.

The announcement was made on Chaffetz's personal Facebook page, where he thanked Utahns for the chance to serve and called it "an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted".

If Jason Chaffetz keeps his word and does not run, Allen's fundraising is likely to diminish, and Republicans would again be strong favorites in the Third District.

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, another possible contender, did not return a request for comment Wednesday.

Chaffetz, who left open the possibility of returning to politics, is at least the seventh House Republican this year to resign or announce retirement plans, including four who joined Trump's cabinet. And he and other Republicans asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clinton lied to Congress during her 2015 testimony to House Benghazi panel.

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Trump, however, severely under-performed, winning just 47% in the district. As some have noted, the Utah Governorship is opening up in 2020, and could be the prize Chaffetz now has his eye on.

He's often even stumbled over himself trying to make headlines: over the summer he endorsed Trump only to recant his endorsement in October after it became clear Trump could be a political liability.