Jason Chaffetz says he may leave Congress early

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz speaks during a business meeting in February

Chairman of the powerful House oversight committee Jason Chaffetz may not finish out his term in Congress, he said Thursday, a departure that would invite jockeying for his high-profile position.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who heads the House Oversight Committee, will not run for reelection in 2018.

"I may run again for public office, but not in 2018", Chaffetz wrote on Facebook. Chaffetz says he won't for re-election or any other offi. Allen took issue with Chaffetz's comments about the need for low-income Americans to make purchasing healthcare more of a priority than buying the latest iPhone.

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) talks before the start of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

He has faced pressure from protesters in his home district and federal watchdogs for not pursuing investigations into the Trump administration more forcefully.

Trump, however, severely under-performed, winning just 47% in the district.

Chaffetz' statement says he isn't ruling out running for elective office in the future, and Republicans believe that this move may be created to help him lay the groundwork for a statewide run soon.

Referring to the possibility of a special election or a temporary appointment by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert - which would only be necessary if he left his seat in Congress vacant - Chaffetz added: 'The state needs to figure out how this works'.

As for potential opponents, well, Utah Democrats are already planning a dance party to send Chaffetz off, so there's that. Chaffetz has been the representative of Utah's Third Congressional District since 2009, and he has never failed to win at least 66 percent of the vote since his maiden campaign for the seat. Josh Romney, son of Mitt Romney, has said he is "strongly considering" running, but that would not stop Chaffetz from joining the race. "That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector", Chaffetz said in the statement.

Chaffetz rose to national prominence in his role as the chair of the House oversight committee.

Chris Karpowitz, a BYU political science professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, said Chaffetz' announcement is big and surprising news. Sam Johnson of Texas and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas are retiring.

Related News:

  • Oil struggles for direction as United States  output concerns persist

    Oil struggles for direction as United States output concerns persist

    West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures had risen 31 cents, or 0.61 percent, to $50.75 a barrel. Distillate stocks reached their lowest levels since November 2015, the EIA said.
    Bruce powers Mets past Phillies 5-4 to stop 4-game slide

    Bruce powers Mets past Phillies 5-4 to stop 4-game slide

    Collins said he'd like to get Familia into a game right away, but the reliever might be eased back in with a setup role at first. With Wednesday night's pair of home runs, Bruce has now hit six on the season - four of which have given the Mets the lead.

    3 Entertaining Ways to Improve Your Business Skills over the Coming Weeks

    In both games and business meetings you may feel everything from frustration to elation, but the trick is to keep is all hidden. Play Poker While millions of people around the world may play poker solely for fun, you can also play to up your business game.
  • Everton leading race to land Keane for £20m

    Everton leading race to land Keane for £20m

    Toffees manager Ronald Koeman has made no secret of his admiration for the 24-year-old Clarets defender. Michael Keane has told Burnley he will leave at the end of the season, according to a report.
    Apple iPhone 8 Major Update Causes Delay

    Apple iPhone 8 Major Update Causes Delay

    Apple's next iPhone could have some big design tweaks in store, if a recently leaked schematic is any indication. Apple said that it will soon stop mining, and manufacture iPhones and iPads from only green materials.
    Sony launches impressive new Alpha A9 mirrorless full-frame camera

    Sony launches impressive new Alpha A9 mirrorless full-frame camera

    The Sony α9 full-frame mirror-less camera is the latest addition to the company's hugely popular interchangeable camera line-up. Said one panelist, noting the plethora of features on the 9 and its companion lens, "this camera is one-stop shopping".
  • IPL 10: Mumbai Indians hosts 18000 underprivileged kids against Gujarat Lions

    IPL 10: Mumbai Indians hosts 18000 underprivileged kids against Gujarat Lions

    In six innings, Rohit has been dismissed by Sandeep Sharma twice, with the Mumbai batsman managing only 18 runs off 19 balls. The very next over from Malinga saw Amla punce on him taking 22 off that over and suddenly 50 runs came off two overs.
    Sky says United Kingdom  customer defections steady in Q3

    Sky says United Kingdom customer defections steady in Q3

    Sky hopes the United Kingdom government will approve its takeover by Twenty-First Century Fox next month. It reported an 11% fall in operating profit to a little over £1bn.
    Customer service a priority for new Rogers CEO

    Customer service a priority for new Rogers CEO

    The fund acquired 3,800 shares of the Wireless communications provider's stock, valued at approximately $168,000. The company's revenues were $ 3.338 billion, up from $ 3.24 billion in the first quarter of past year .
  • Regulators sue Ocwen Financial, say it mishandled mortgages

    Regulators sue Ocwen Financial, say it mishandled mortgages

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) on Thursday filed a separate federal suit against Ocwen before the same court. Ocwen said it would respond to the state mortgage regulators after reviewing their orders.
    Analysts Near-Term outlook: LENDINGCLUB CORP (LC), NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)

    Analysts Near-Term outlook: LENDINGCLUB CORP (LC), NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)

    The evolving price action puts shares into a potentially bullish, double-bottom situation if NVDA is able to reverse higher. It has outperformed by 45.67% the S&P500.The move comes after 7 months positive chart setup for the $57.16 billion company.
    Eli Manning gets heated while denying fake memorabilia accusations

    Eli Manning gets heated while denying fake memorabilia accusations

    I've tried to do everything with class and be a standup citizen. "I'm handling it", Manning said. The alleged fake memorabilia scheme dates to at least 2004, Manning's rookie year.


Most liked

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump
A reported 34 members of the Patriots visited the Trump White House on Wednesday in celebration of winning Super Bowl 51. He said almost 50 players attended the event in 2015 when Obama hosted.

Verizon's profit sinks as it loses wireless subscribers
Pacific Crest restated an "equal weight" rating on shares of Verizon Communications in a research report on Tuesday, January 24th. The cell phone carrier reported $0.86 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.89 by $0.03.

GTA Online Tiny Racers Mode To Release Next Week, New Trailer Released
Furthermore, should players go to LS Customs, the green tire smoke upgrade can be bought for half its original price. All Weed sales from the player's business will also earn 50% more profits.

Trump to attend ASEAN, APEC Summits this year
The US is one of the dialogue partners of ASEAN along with China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Australia and South Korea. According to Paynor, Widodo's visit will be in reciprocation to the state visit of Duterte to Indonesia last September.

WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (WETF) Closed its Previous Trade at $8.44
If you are accessing this report on another site, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of global copyright laws. The mean estimate of short term price target for WETF's stock is marked at $9.94 according to consensus agreement of Analysts.

Theresa May seeks Parliament's approval for snap election
Britain will go to the polls on June 8, after MPs cleared the way for an early general election. She said she preferred "to get out and about and meet voters" instead.

France promises proof Assad regime behind chemical attack
Russian Federation and Syria have claimed conventional Syrian weaponry struck a rebel chemical weapons depot, causing the tragedy. He told media Syria's military gave up all its chemical weapons in 2013 "and would not have used then anyway".

Browns have zeroed in on choice with No. 1 draft pick
On Monday, Josh Norris of Rotoworld released a mock draft in which the Bills traded up to draft Trubisky at No. 5. One of the only criticisms of Garrett is that it appeared he took plays off during his three seasons in college.

Workers relieve pressure on leaking Alaska oil well
The BP-owned well was also leaking crude oil, which stopped after authorities activated a safety valve yesterday (April 16). The oil company will ultimately have to "kill the well", an expensive and risky process that stops the extraction process.

Petrol bunks to be shut on Sundays from May 14
Nareddi said trucks, other four wheelers and bikes have sufficient fuel tank capacity to store fuel for a travel of 300 to 500 km. He also added that, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to follow traffic rules and also save petrol and diesel".

Zika Virus Also Carried by Asian Tiger Mosquito, Research Suggests
The disease, which spreads through mosquitoes, can cause fever-like symptoms and birth defects through pregnant women. Representatives from the Bay County Health Department said they are available to answer any questions about the virus.

Bose wireless headphones are spying on users, lawsuit claims
For instance, someone who listens to Muslim prayers and services through his headphones or speakers is most likely a Muslim. It claims that Bose Connect collects listening data on users, including the titles of the tracks that they're listening to.

Sean Spicer apologizes for 'inappropriate, insensitive' Holocaust comment
For example, last month, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade said Russian Federation "ran right over" Obama for eight years. Now is probably a good time to remember that Spicer used to dress up as the bunny for the White House's annual Egg Roll.

Prince's new music released almost a year after his death
As RMA announced the posthumous release and news spread on Tuesday, the silence from Prince's estate was deafening. A USA judge has blocked a planned release of new Prince music on the first anniversary of his death this week.

Rio Tinto 1Q FY17 production impacted by Cyclone Debbie
The company was maintained on Thursday, October 29 by Cowen & Co. 1/18/2017-HSBC Holdings plc Reiterated Rating of Buy. Rio Tinto's copper business has suffered a heavy hit thanks to strife at its Brazilian and Indonesia operations.