Chaffetz Could Be Mulling a White House Run

FILE Rep. Jason Chaffetz R Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington

"I spend 1500-plus nights away from my family".

Despite the sadness, Henderson added, she supports his decision and admires that he's keeping his campaign promise to not stay in office forever.

But there are other factors worth examining in considering the lawmaker's decision to exit congressional life this year.

Chaffetz claimed he intends to return to the private sector in the announcement, but there are two key races coming up in Utah that could tempt the nationally-known Republican.

Chaffetz said he announced now so that another candidate could rise in the 3rd Congressional District.

Why are Democrats so happy to see Chaffetz go? He has simply run out of gas for the level of commitment necessary to do the job well, and wants to return to the private sector to have more time for his family. Last year, the heavily Republican district elected Chaffetz over Democratic challenger Stephen Tryon by more than 40 percentage points. "I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins", he said in a statement (and a Trumpian one at that, to declare that you're not running, but would have won if you had). He also noted that he had the backing of Speaker Paul Ryan in his current position as chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee.

After selling her private practice-the struggles of keeping it up, she writes, have made her understand the plight of the small business owner-Allen now works in a private clinic for the employees and staff of the Utah Transit Authority.

Again, fair enough. But if you had to say it... According to an intel community source, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has learned that Russian Federation has "kompromat" blackmail material on Chaffetz and has been using it to keep him in line with regard to Trump's Russian Federation scandal.


Because of the GOP's 11 commandment, "thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican", that would mean a serious no-win situation for the lawmaker. He also has his eyes on the White House.

News of Chaffetz's plans was first reported by BuzzFeed.

Residents in typically liberal Washington donated money to Damian Kidd, a conservative Republican in Utah who had announced that he would challenge Chaffetz in 2018.

When asked about whether he's considering a run for Utah Governor in 2020, as some have speculated, Chaffetz said he has not ruled it out.

"More medically trained people are needed in government. We can't investigate everything all the time".

Trump simply is not popular in Utah.

Unlike Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's Atlanta-area seat, Chaffetz's district isn't going to suddenly be competitive for Democrats.

State Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, said he's looking at "the opportunity" of launching a bid."Chaffetz [is] stepping back and his timing is ideal", McCay said, noting that it allows ample time for a "full field" of candidates to file. And maybe he knows something we don't.

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