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    Rep. Chaffetz Leaving Before the End of His Congressional Term?

    Rep. Chaffetz Leaving Before the End of His Congressional Term?

    “I really like the work in Congress, but I love my family more”

    Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) make public plans to forgo reelection in 2018, an announcement that shocked most Hill watchers.

    Now, Rep. Chaffetz says he might not even finish his current term. “I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early,” Chaffetz said Thursday during a radio interview.

    From The Hill:

    House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who stunned Washington with an announcement that he is not running for reelection, might not even finish his remaining term.

    Chaffetz told KSL News Radio’s Doug Wright that he may not finish out his full term through 2018. But he said he’s still debating the decision amid uncertainty over how Utah would establish a process to replace him early.

    “I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early,” Chaffetz told the Utah radio host on Thursday.

    According to The Hill, Chaffetz wants to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector.

    When asked about running for Utah’s Governorship in 2020, Chaffetz refused to comment one way or another.

    As Mary blogged yesterday:

    Chaffetz has become one of the most vocal representatives in Congress who has worked hard to find answers on former Attorney General Eric Holder’s blood soaked Operation Fast and Furious, which led to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. He recently held a hearing to find more answers regarding the death of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata, who was killed by Zeta drug cartel members who used guns from straw purchasers connected to another operation.

    Chaffetz also worked hard as chairman of the Oversight Committee to investigate failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email server when she served as secretary of state. He was one of several congressmen who investigated the Benghazi terror attack that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

    “I really like the work in Congress, but I love my family more,” said Chaffetz.

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    So, what we have here is a career politician who suddenly, without any real explanation, announces that he is not going to seek reelection and may not finish out his current term of office. This is highly unusual.

    Now this could be that he is simply tired of the Washington scene. It could be that his wife and family are unhappy with that environment. Understandable, but hardly a reason which needs to be concealed.

    There be family health conditions of an emergency nature. Again, hardly something that a public figure would have to conceal. After all, a few hours work investigating the activities of the Representative’s family would disclose if someone was spending a lot of time at the doctor’s office.

    Could there be some other, possibly more sinister reason for his departure? Possibly.

    Could this be some super secret position change done by the Trump WH? Again, possible.

    It is just very strange that a national politician, whose star is clearly on the rise, is suddenly bailing. It will be interesting to see what the reason turns out to be.


       
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      Walker Evans in reply to Mac45. | April 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      It is very strange and hopefully has nothing to do with any threats based on his investigations. If it is not anything nefarious it will be very interesting to discover the reason this rising star is voluntarily bailing out.


       
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      snopercod in reply to Mac45. | April 21, 2017 at 7:28 am

      My money is on “extortion”. They have something on him…obtained through a FISA warrant, perhaps?


     
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    Valerie | April 21, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Meanwhile, John Podesta suddenly starts tweeting, to taunt Chaffetz.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/66bzvy/pervert_alert_world_class_pedophile_john_podesta/


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