Here Is Why Jason Chaffetz Will Not Run Again For Congress
The political world was tossed a fast ball today when it was announced that Congressman Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House’s powerful oversight committee, will not seek re-election to Congress. The Utah Republican said he will “not be a candidate for any office in 2018.”
This is all rather remarkable as Chaffetz was known as a hard-charging chairman, taking on investigations into Planned Parenthood and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. This was not a seat just to give up. But the ire of Democrats will be a formidable component to the mid-terms and smart folks who know they might lose are going to seek lifelines now.
So what happened to make this rising star buckle down to the private sector? Well, Chaffetz said that he has no “ulterior motives” for his decision, and from what we know he probably is telling the truth.
What is the thorn, however, in his side is the political movements that make him vulnerable as a candidate. Chaffetz’s Democratic challenger outraised him by a more than 3-1 margin in the first quarter of the year. That must have stung!
Kathryn Allen, a physician who announced in March she would challenge Chaffetz raised $561,000 compared with Chaffetz’s $171,000, according to the Assocaied Press.