A staunch conservative who had taken a firm stand on many big issues in Congress and vowed to continue the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal has just announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.
According to CNN, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) explained, "After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018. For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker (Paul) Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector."
50-year-old Chaffetz was elected in 2008 and has gained notoriety for opposing Obamacare, marijuana legalization, Obama’s war strategy in Afghanistan, the use of full-body scanners in airports, importing nuclear waste into the U.S., same-sex marriage legalization, Planned Parenthood, and mandatory vaccinations , as well as for rejecting the notion of a scientific consensus on manmade climate change.
Aside from being a major part of the investigation into Hillary’s unauthorized use of her personal e-mail server to conduct State Department business, Chaffetz was also a big critic of her and Obama’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi crisis.
Chaffetz has a wife and three children and told the Deseret News last year that he’s going to seriously look at running for Utah governor some day, possibly in 2020.
What do you think of this? Click here to comment, react to, or share this on Facebook.