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20 April 2017, 01:47 | Laverne Osborne
Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election
After the pre-emptive challenge previously, it's likely Hatch would criticize any Chaffetz run for the Senate next year or the governorship in 2020.
"Jason Chaffetz's time in office will be defined by his chairmanship of the oversight committee and his media appearances".
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File).
Come 2018, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is out of the House.
Russian Federation has blackmail material on Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, which is why he will not seek re-election. Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, s. "Then you can pursue what those other opportunities may be", Chaffetz said.
More than a week before his announcement, Friends of Jason Chaffetz registered two domain names: Jason2028.com and JasonChaffetz2028.com.
The 50-year-old said in his announcement Wednesday that he has "no ulterior motives", is healthy and wasn't anxious about his chances. "I'm not trying to close the door or open the door to anything in the future".
Last election, he walloped his Democratic challenger Stephen Tryon by garnering 73 percent of the vote and beat his primary opponent with almost 79 percent.
Chaffetz, a longtime fixture in Utah politics, has hinted before at potentially running for governor in 2020, and his announcement could be the first step toward that goal.
Chaffetz's decision is likely bad news for Allen and the Democrats, as the district is normally not a competitive opportunity. "One of the finer politicians who actually makes the country better".
The reasons go beyond the recent questions about his role as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is tasked with keeping a check on fraud and waste in the White House and the federal government.
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!".
But now Chaffetz will return home to Utah, vacating his seat.
Chaffetz said his decision has nothing to do with thinking he could lose re-election in 2018.
Hughes and Wright didn't return messages.
Largely unknown independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, a Utahan, was able to garner 21 percent of the state's 2016 presidential votes despite having virtually no chance of winning the election.
People reading the tea leaves are speculating that Chaffetz's decision could be a bad omen for Republicans next year. Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota is running for governor, and Reps. Sam Johnson of Texas and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas are retiring.
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