Rep. Jason Chaffetz Will Not Seek Reelection

The powerful Utah Republican has decided to return to the private sector.

Chaffetz announced Wednesday he will not be a candidate for any political office in 2018. He posted the statement on his Facebook page.

“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018. After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018. For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy, I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.” The Congressman also thanked his many supporters.
Chaffetz’ statement says he isn’t ruling out running for elective office in the future. The move has led many Republicans to believe that this move may be designed to help him lay the groundwork for a statewide run soon.
The vacant seat is not worrisome to the Republican Party. Utah is a notoriously red state and Chaffetz is popular in his district. It is hard to imagine that a Democrat could make a meaningful play for the seat.
Still, with Democrats vowing to take back Congress, they just might be brave enough to try.
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