Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not run for reelection in 2018

Posted April 20, 2017

To Democrats, his exit is yet more evidence that anti-Trump protests are having an effect on Republicans. A small group gathered outside the building that houses his office in Provo to dance in celebration.

I am grateful for all of you in the current and previous 3rd Congressional District.

Embattled Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced on Tuesday morning that he won't run for re-election to his seat in 2018, possibly depriving Democrats of a solid opportunity to pick up a House seat.

"After seeing his district and his state first-hand, I can certainly understand why it is calling him back", Cummings said.

For now, he plans to transition to the private sector, but he isn't closing the door on politics all together.

The Massachusetts-based advocacy group EarthAction called the congressman's decision a "big victory" for resistance to the Trump administration.

"Many of you have heard me advocate, 'Get in serve, and get out.' After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time", Chaffetz wrote, saying he had "no ulterior motives" and would considering running for public office "again, but not in 2018".

Chaffetz became chairman of the House Oversight Committee in 2014. Another domain, JasonForGovernor.com, redirects to his congressional campaign page. Cannon refused to meet with Chaffetz after that. The lawmaker says his decision is a personal one- but it sure smells political.

During his time heading the committee, Mr. Chaffetz has focused often on two pet issues: criticizing the Secret Service for security lapses and holding Mrs. Clinton to account.

Chaffetz said he announced now so that another candidate could rise in the 3rd Congressional District.

House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted that Chaffetz is "a great defender of liberty and limited government" and wished him the best. Utah Republican candidates are chosen by state delegates, not through a traditional primary vote.

The job also allowed him to annoy residents of Washington, D.C., a predominantly Democratic jurisdiction, often meddling in District affairs.

Assuming Chaffetz still has gubernatorial ambitions, then, in a best-Chaffetz scenario, our lovely Benghazi boy hopes to enjoy a solid eight years as governor of Utah before finally making good on what appear to be presidential aspirations.

Kathryn Allen is actively fundraising for the Democratic nomination and took time on Wednesday to celebrate his announcement.

Despite Chaffetz' confidence, he has been plagued by recent gaffes-such as his comment that people who can't afford health insurance should stop buying iPhones-and accusations that he runs his oversight committee in a hyper-partisan way.

"He finds himself in this no-win situation in DC", longtime Salt Lake Tribune political reporter Robert Gehrke told me in an email Wednesday.

"That is what we have run on all along and will continue to run on", she told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.