Jason Chaffetz Won't Run for Re-election in 2018

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz Will Not Seek Re-Election, Per Sources

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzAmerica's biggest enemy isn't North Korea or Iran - it's Steve Bannon The Hill's 12:30 Report Chaffetz considering early departure from Congress MORE (R-Utah), who stunned Washington with an announcement that he is not running for reelection, might not even finish his remaining term.

"I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career", he said in a statement. "I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins". Instead, the five-term congressman said he wants to spend time with his family, return to the private sector and potentially run for Utah governor. "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018".

Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also drew fire from Democrats after saying he would not investigate Trump's business empire, given that he had promised before the presidential election that he would investigate Clinton "for years" if she was elected.

Chaffetz told the Deseret News in January 2016 he was interested in looking at running for governor.

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The remarks triggered a firestorm of criticism on social media with people comparing how many iPhones they could buy if they didn't have to pay medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.

At a recent town hall in his home district, Chaffetz was roundly criticized by a furious audience, an indication of just how favorably his district views their representative.

Chaffetz on Wednesday announced he wouldn't be on the ballot in 2018, either for a sixth term in the House or a bid for Senate.

Chaffetz has faced mounting criticism in recent months for declining to investigate President Donald Trump and likely would have faced a bruising primary and general election battle in 2018.

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