Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who heads the House Oversight Committee, will not run for reelection in 2018. He first entered the political arena in 2003, serving as former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr.'s campaign manager and chief of staff for two years, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, where he's remained ever since. I preach that you want to get in, serve and get out.
McMullin has previously indicated his intention to mount a potential bid against either Chaffetz or Senate Pro Tem Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in 2018, but his odds for a primary victory against either of the GOP heavyweights were slim, said IJR.
"I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be reelected by large margins".
As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz led well-publicized investigations into the Secret Service as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Chaffetz told the station he will get a job in the private sector, but didn't say what that would be. Utah's 3rd District has always been reliable for Republicans: Chaffetz was elected with 66 percent of the vote in 2008; in his subsequent re-elections, he has easily garnered over 70 percent.
He's been the subject of a campaign to draft him to run for the 3rd Congressional District. I have no doubt the 3rd Congressional District will be represented by a Republican.
While Chaffetz's decision removes a high-profile foe of House Democrats, the seat he will vacate does not appear ripe for pickup. "I've been away from my family for more than 1,500 nights, and it's as simple as a fact that I love my wife and I adore my kids and you just gotta reevaluate your life when you're sleeping on a cot in your office", he said.
Kathryn Allen has been transformed from a political unknown into a liberal hero for calling out Mr Chaffetz on Twitter, giving her an early boost in name recognition. According to a statement posted to Chaffetz' public Facebook page, he has chose to leave public service and go back to working in the private sector, despite his stated confidence that he would have held onto his seat in next year's election. He has been the target of frequent protests at Town Halls in his district, and, in February, fierce opposition forced him to withdraw a bill that would have sold off public lands. Schreiber believes this indicates a tighter 2018 election season in red states.
"Chairman Chaffetz' behavior has always been beneath the dignity of the office he holds and he should step down as Chairman of the Oversight Committee immediately", said Tyler Law, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman. I'm not trying to close the door or open the door for anything in the future.