Staunch Conservative In Congress Who Went After Hillary Won’t Run For Re-Election
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.
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