House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), doesn’t think he wants to be a Congressman anymore. He already dropped jaws when he announced that he would not be running for Congress again, but now he says he might not even finish out his term and may just run for the hills instead.
Speaking to KSL News Radio’s Doug Wright on Thursday, Chaffetz said he hasn’t decided what he is going to do yet, but he might choose not to finish out his term. He made it clear that he still hasn’t made up his mind about what he will do and is taking into consideration what the state of Utah would have to do to replace him if he walks away from his seat.
“I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early,” Chaffetz told the radio host.
On Wednesday, Chaffetz made the announcement that he would not be running for either the House or Senate in 2018. However, at no point has he tried to rule out the possibility of a future run for another office, such as governor of Utah, for example.
At this point, his office has not returned requests for comment or released an official statement. Chaffetz is currently serving his fifth term. If he chooses to remain in Congress, he would be able to serve as House Oversight Committee Chairman until 2020 according to the House GOP’s present rules, which limit committee chairs to three terms.
Chaffetz said he is considering abandoning his career in Congress because he wants to spend more time with his family and is ready to return to the private sector. If he does decide to leave, the race to fill his seat as chairman of the Oversight Committee will commence. So far, no one on the powerful committee has been willing to publicly confirm whether they would be interested in taking his place as chairman.
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