Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

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Jason Chaffetz, an eight-year Republican congressman and the chair of the House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that he won't be seeking re-election in 2018. 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.

Her well-funded campaign and the competitive edge that comes with being an incumbent makes Chaffetz's decision to step aside at the present all the more bemusing.

Chaffetz said he will return to work in the private sector despite saying he is "confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins".

Chaffetz told the station he will get a job in the private sector, but didn't say what that would be. Such a win would not necessarily be good news for the president, however, as McMullin or a conservative in his mold would probably be as much of a thorn in Trump's side as Allen would be in this seat. "I'm proud to call him a friend", Stivers said in a statement.

Jason Chaffetz will not be running for office again in 2018.

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A spokesperson for Chaffetz did not immediately return a request for comment.

It's possible that Chaffetz doesn't see a place for himself under the Trump administration.

Damian Kidd has already announced a challenge, previously vowing to go up against Chaffetz in a GOP primary. But, he added, "Remember, the federal government is 2-plus million people". And like many Republican members of Congress, Chaffetz faced a fiery crowd in a town hall in February. "He has not investigated any of Trump's misdeeds".

Chaffetz was more recently a leading figure in Congress' investigations into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email and server as secretary of state.

The District of Columbia has been a frequent target for Chaffetz. He infuriated local residents when he said the District should rejoin Maryland in order to gain votes in Congress.

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He did send a letter to the Office of Government Ethics after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway endorsed Ivanka Trump's retail brand during a cable news interview.

But he refused to look into contacts that Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had with a Russian official amid suspicions that Moscow played a role in influencing the USA elections. The situation with Flynn was "taking care of itself", Chaffetz said. (He dropped out after Rep. Paul D. Ryan entered the race.) Supporting your party's nominee for president was kind of a minimal requirement for being speaker.

Jason Chaffetz also worked as both the campaign managers and chief of staff for former Utah Governor John Huntsman from 2003 to 2005, according to the House of Representatives website.

"The very nature of bureaucracy is to cut corners and is to innocently get off track", Bovard said.

A group of neighbors in Capitol Hill paid for an ad against Chaffetz in a Utah newspaper that ran last weekend.

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