It’s not easy for Democrats to find good news theses days, but learning that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will not seek re-election in 2018, as he posted on his Facebook page, must have pleased more than a few in the minority caucus.
“Since late 2003 I have been fully engaged with politics as a campaign manager, a chief of staff, a candidate and as a Member of Congress. I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career. Many of you have heard me advocate, ‘Get in, serve, and get out.’
Chaffetz has also said, however that he’s interested in taking a “serious look” at running for governor of Utah in 2020. Apparently, public service should last only as long as when it becomes necessary to step down to prepare a run for a sweeter political gig. Gotta love a man of principle.
Chaffetz was first elected in 2008 to represent Utah’s 3rd District.
As chairman the House Oversight Committee, he has been in the middle of conflict of interest investigations into Hillary Clinton and possible investigations into President Donald Trump.
Remember back in October after Trump was caught saying those awful things about how he treats women, and Chaffetz said he couldn’t support a man like that because, you know, he has a daughter? And he said, “So, I’m not going to put my good name and reputation and my family behind Donald Trump when he acts like this, I just can’t do it.”
Eventually he came around, sort of, but it’s probably not all that confortable in Donald Trump’s Washington for a Republican like that.