A key U.S. Republican congressman who said this week he would not seek re-election or run for any other office next year now says he may leave Congress before his term in the House of Representatives runs out in early 2019. "I know the travel back and forth can be quite daunting", Gov. Herbert added, thanking Chaffetz for his service.
He continued: "For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives".
"I started poking around to see what I might be worth and what sort of possibilities are there", Chaffetz said. Chaffetz is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the Trump administration. "That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector", he wrote.
Chaffetz, a conservative Republican who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008, gained prominence as head of the committee that investigated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was USA secretary of state.
Chaffetz's decision was first reported by BuzzFeed. "It is an honor to serve with Jason on the Oversight Committee, and I wish him and his family all the best in the next chapter of their lives".
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Chaffetz faced more than 1,000 protesters at a town hall in February in his Utah district.
"I take him at his word that he's exhausted, that it's time to take a look at his own life and 1,500 days on that cot has taken its toll".
I am grateful for all of you in the current and previous 3rd Congressional District. "He's very rich. I don't think that he ran for this office to line his pockets even more". Together we have been a strong advocate for Utahns.
Representative Chaffetz said he chose to announce his intention not to run for re-election now to allow fellow Republicans the time necessary to develop the essential groundwork and campaign apparatus necessary to win the race. But he was facing a surprising challenge from a Democratic newcomer who raised more than a half-million dollars by tapping into anger over Chaffetz' recent comment suggesting people should spend their money on health insurance instead of iPhones.
Why, exactly, Chaffetz wants out is a question yet to be answered.