Not doing anything (i.e. not wasting money on special interests) is exactly what
we need right now. Jason, keep saying No!!! Money does not grow on trees. No No
No No! No for a long time until the economy recovers.
I know first hand that Jason is a very caring man. And not just because he has
to be. My son a U.S. Soldier was killed in Afghanistan the end of Oct. 2009,
Jason called me, came to the funeral, he also took time on the Congressional
floor to recognize my son's sacrifice for our country. I sent him an email one
day and had one back from him within a few minutes. He really does care about
the people of Utah that he represents. Of course we are not all going to agree
with every public offical but from what I have seen Jason Chaffetz is A-Okay in
my book. Thanks for your service Jason!
Tying one's wagon train to Glenn Beck's wagon train only proves this guy is a
serious narcissist who spends much of his time running toward the cameras and
microphones. He's kind of the House equivalent of Roland Burris. Throwing down
a hissy fit at an airport, I think the guy was afraid his ego wouldn't fit
inside the x-ray machine.
I find Mr. Chaffetz quite refeshing! He's done a whole lot more to get his
messages across and more influence than I expected for a Freshman. The longer
we leave in in the the better for Utah and our nation. As far as the TSA is
concerned, I wouldn't give the liberal press to much credit for sharing the
truth on that. I'd take it all with a grain of salt. If you really want to
know Jason's true feelings on something you don't have to read the news, ask
Jason directly on Facebook, or call him!If Cahffetz is smart he will
leave the Senate alone. Theres more power and influence in the House. I don't
see Nancy Pelosi running for the Senate and there is a reason. Plus the House
holds the pursestrings of Congress and the Feds. If Chaffetz is truely a fiscal
conservative, then the Hoause is where his message is needed most.I
could care less if people in the midwest know about Chaffetz. He represents
Utah to Congress, not Nebraska or Iowa.
To Anonymous: Thank you--My sentiments exactly--keep chasing away
moderate Republicans. But sadly 'moderate' means what? It means
anti-intellectual, extremist and a celebration of 'dumb' which I find very sad.
What is 'Moderate?' Think about it and act--perhaps consider growing up!
Keep chasing away your moderates Republicans, it keeps Democrats in power.
I am embarassed by my this congressman. But even more troubled by his election
and seeming popularity in this district. I can't vote Democrat, so what do I
do? Stay home? Try and campaign on behalf of someone who is smart and
substantive? Sad state of affairs in Utah (and I guess in Mississippi and
Alabama too I suppose).
Jason is a media darling because of his extremists positions. He is an
embarrassment to Utah. Coulter is frequently in the national media, and I don't
think she necessarily brings positive views to conservatives.
Jason is a talk a lot, do nothing media hound.
THAT terrorist got on the plane in EUROPE not the USA,NOTHING we
would have done would have stopped him,just incovenience us if
not trample on OUR rights against unreasonable searches and seizures,Chaffetz is RIGHT.Pagan is WRONG.
you must not check CNN online out very much. They have highlighted him and
Jared Polis as part of their Freshman Year series. It does not
matter that you do not know him, because he is not working for you!
So, transportation is not a right. I think you flunked history class. Read up on
how the British "impressed" sailors on the open seas when transportation was not
a right, but an invitation to be kidnapped. Then try to figure out how that
affected our Constitution.
I love all the "he's done nothing" folks on this forum....The facts
speak otherwise...and you all just sound foolish.
At the very least, Chaffetz isn't a radical left-wing syncophant currying
Pelosi's favor, willing to sell out his country in exchange for a bribe from the
He is a media darling just like Brian David Mitchell. One of those two is
always in the media saying or doing something weird.
You haters are ALL WRONG.Chaffetz has done a great job, a GREAT JOB
promoting himself and accomplishing as much as a kid paying video games.
This is what you get with a candidate that ran on 1 issue. What has he done
about it? Nadda
Ooooooooooh, all that cred! He has done nothing for Utah.
Please tell us exactly where transportation is a right under the US
Constitution.I cant seem to find that maybe because its not there.Chaffetz has a
PERSONAL grudge agaisnt TSA "Do you know who I am !!!" Do you expect to get on a
plane with absolutly ZERO security or scanners under some "right" that does not
exist? Have fun getting blwon to little tini tiny bit and we will talk about the
Cosntitution and all these rights you say are there but in reality are not . The
Constitution does not give us the right to do whatever whenever . Never has.
he's the ultimate posterchild of partisan politics. He claims it's easy to do
his job - he simply has to vote 'no.' I certainly hope he is doing more than
saying 'no' in his committee meetings and amongst his peers. It's easy to play
the buffoon when you are in the minority and to be contrary to any effort at
real problem solving. I'd hate to see what happens if he actually
had to chair some committee or rise to any sort of position which requires more
than mere button pushing that any trained monkey could accomplish.
Blah, blah, blah...a guy w/ ALL this purported cred is SURE to fall & probably
Let get rid of Bob Bennett and Orin Hatch this year and replace them with some
young guns likes Chafettz.
I have a very strong suspicion that many of these negative comments were posted
by the same individual under different names. If you look at their tone,
sentence construction and style, as well as the rapid succession in which they
were posted, you'll see what I mean.Representative Chaffetz is not
my congressman, but based on his media activity AND his accomplishments (don't
believe the hype, he has in fact accomplished quite a bit legislatively for a
freshman...if you want to see someone who accomplished next to nothing
legislatively, take a long, hard look at Senator Obama's record!) I would
definitely vote for the man.Lee Davidson, however, didn't really do
his homework. Newt Gingrich was clearly the most remarkable freshman congressman
in recent history. Upon election in 1978, he began crafting the coalition of
House newcomers that eventually spawned the Contract with America, which, turn
resulted in Republicans taking control of Congress for the first time in 40
years. Not to take anything away from Jason, but as yet his efforts are on a
completely different scale. One hopes he will eventually accomplish as
much...heaven knows it's sorely needed.
Not being in Utah gives me a good perspective on your instate attacks of
Congressman Chafftez. Lets clear up a few points:1. Pablo: Walter Payton,
Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr and even Mike Dicka took off their helmets too! Are
they not "REAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS"? Oh, just being a bit to picky or jealous?2. JMT: Who has been in the media or called for more news conferences in the
history of politics? How about President Obama! Jason was elected in Utah and
represents Utah! He is your voice especially when you consider the lack of voice
from the others who represent Utah in Washington D.C. 3. Have all of you
who complain about this Congressman seen how busy and productive he has been? Or
is your voice only to speak to critize without knowing the facts! I thought
so!4: To Pagan, If Jason is failing to protect us then what can you say
about our Homeland Security Secretary who failed to put proven scanning technics
into use, has failed to protect the borders, failed to recognize the impact of
this attack on National News Shows and tried to push the Obama line! there are
TSA trolls please go away now! I love the "flying is not a Constitution right"
bit. Are you serious?! Please point to your favorite current legislator and show
me in what regard they respect the Constitution. Transportation is actually
protected under the Constitution, it is a right, not to mention that the
Constitution is intentionally biased against INFRINGMENT-- ie focused on what
the federal government limitations are, not what those limitations "are not".
Please don't toss around "the Constitution" or "rights" when you
understand neither and you vote for politicians who consider it be insignificant
at best. Speaking of rights, let's start by taking "equal protection
under the law" seriously. This doesn't mean more invasive laws, this means
access to representation. If you want to create universal services that really
matter, give us all equal access to legal representation. How can we ever have
"equal protection of the laws" without that? (Or tell me why the writers of the
Constitution used "under" and "of" but not "in" when describing protections.)
You'd be surprised how fair big corporations, including insurance companies,
would start acting when their armies of lawyers were not an advantage.
Chaffetz interviews: 12,000Work done for Utah: 0He is a
collection of worthless opinions and do nothing.
Wish he represented us up here in Logan. I like Jasons attitude. Washington
needs a Shake up. He is not afraid to ask questions and question the status
You guys that believe showing off your naked selves at the airport makes you
safer, go for it - but leave me out of it. I appreciate Chaffetz working to
protect my 4th amendment rights. The whole point of the 4th amendment is to
prevent blanket searches of innocent people!First it's the airports,
then it will be train stations, bus stations, highway checkpoints, entrances to
shopping malls, and anywhere else they can claim is a terrorist target. They
will just state that we have given implied consent to enter or use those places
too.Until they start checking behaviors, not bodies, I will continue
to oppose TSA theatrics which remove freedoms while doing little to make us
Wake me up when he does something a little more valuable than complaining about
full-body scanners at airports.
'Pagan maybe he is not looking out for you, but your opinions represent a very
small % of Utah.' Granted, my opinions are only my own.
However that fact is changing, as SLC's own anti-bias laws can attest too. As those laws did not exist last year.
As someone who has spent a lot of years in Washington and on Capitol Hill, Jason
is doing a great job. Those bloggers who say he's doing nothing have ABSOLUTELY
NO IDEA WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.As a Republican, he can't get
bills through with the Democrat majority, but he is doing a great job as a
conservative spokesman. That's what he can do and that's what will do the most
good.Go Jason! We need to get rid of Pelosi. P.S. Jim
Matheson helps keep Pelosi in power. Please, Utah, let's work towards getting
rid of Pelosi by getting rid of Matheson. That's the best thing we could do
I find it interesting that in a story about how much the media is fascinated by
Rep. Chaffetz that the only person interviewed was Chaffetz himself. If Rep.
Chaffetz is as much of a media favorite as the articles title states, then why
not interview some of these media outlets? It seems that this whole story is
really about how much Rep. Chaffetz likes to be in the limelight.I
find myself wondering in this election year, what has my representative actually
accomplished? Besides the body scanner bill the only thing my Rep. seems to
have accomplished is being on tv a lot.
He wastes time talking to TMZ, a tabloid web site because he loves wasting his
and taxpayer time. Why are you talking to a tabloid about Miss California
Jason? It has nothing to do with Utah. You just love to hear your gums flap.
These comments are a joke. "Jason does nothing." "He does no work, just talks
to the media." What else are our representatives supposed to "do?" The use of
their bully pulpit is their most important role. Representatives are supposed to
pass laws that protect freedom - but in our current partisan climate, that is
impossible for a Republican. Jason protects freedom by using his bully pulpit
to help tyrants understand the proper role of government. Tyrants are the only
ones who are afraid of, or hold contempt for, the words of freedom.Thank you Jason.
You've done more for your state (and the nation) in just your first year than
nearly any other Utah congressman--and more than congressmen from elsewhere.
Pagan maybe he is not looking out for you, but your opinions represent a very
small % of Utah.Jason for the most part is doing exactly what the
majority of Voters wanted.Obama wont be relected, due impart to
losing the independants.
I agree, chaffetz is a joke. He is against Hate Crime protections,
even though it recently covered orietnation and in July '08 a couple was
attacked in they're own home. No charges to date. He is
against body scanners, when just last month we had a (thankfully) failed
terrorist attack. This man is not looking out for you.
This guy is a serious joke. He's back there doing NOTHING! I was at a meeting
when someone asked him about what he's accomplished and he wasn't able to
articulate anything. He's co-sponsored some bills but not done anything himself.
When the Republicans get back in the majority and set the priorities
THEN we'll see what sort of clout this guy has. Right now he's the punchline.
Those who are claiming that Jason isn't doing anything CLEARLY don't understand
the way things work in the House.When you are in the minority, NONE
of your bills will even be given consideration by the majority. It's just the
way it works. Jason is doing a great job by being a spokesman and
trying to get attention for Utah and the conservative cause. If Jason's efforts
work toward getting a conservative majority in this year's congressional
elections, HE WILL HAVE MORE THAN DONE HIS JOB.Since I believe you
are reading these blogs...You're doing a great job, Jason. Keep it up. We need
to get rid of Pelosi, all the other far-left committee chairmen and take back
our country.KEEP FIGHTING
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is getting alot of attention. So do train
He's done a great job. He has done exactly what he said he'd do. How many
politicians keep their word? How often does the rhetoric match the action?
Chaffetz's actions show that he really is concerned about the National Debt and
all the other things he campaigned about. Keep up the good work, Representative
Sounds like a pretty good first year, these are the conservatives we've been
trying to get in office.
One thing we can never forget about congress-getting re-elected is your number
one priority (the perpetual campaign of the house with a two year term and on
average you will need about $800,000 for the campaign- do the math on how much
you must raise each day in a two year cycle- Utah is a cheaper seat but still
near the average)- the only people you have to care about are those in your
district- thus far I have not seen Chaffetz stand for anything that would not be
perfectly predicatable for the 3rd dist. of Utah- so on that account he is
either a perfect fit for the dist. or he knows exactly what will keep his dist.
happy and votes that way- if I ever see him vote in some way that was not
predicatable for his dist. then I will get interested in him and see what he
really stands for- as of now he is a good politician just like most
Lee Davidson did a great job on this article, with the exception of covering the
things Chaffetz has been able to get done.
If Chaffetz is "popular" with the media it is because he is a train wreck. He
is a clown and thus entertaining. He has no shame. But on any matter of any
significance, he is powerless. He is sent to be a legislator, so when will he
participate in any meaningful way? And to Lee Davidson, whom I've known since
the 80's, this article, reported from SLC, should make you embarrassed. I
expected journalism, not public relations on behalf of the class clown.
It baffles me that so many are willing to giveup personal freedoms to have the
illusion of security?Terrorists will figure out a way around any
security Pre 9/11 security was as far as we needed to go (on that specific
Front).If all law abidding citizens were allowed to carry crimanals
would think twice. Crimanals are cowards and want a sure thing.
Keep working hard, dont let us down. We need you. thanks
Congress spends our money. Do they do it by voting on a specific issue and
deciding if it needs federal dollars, or to the take money that has been
budgeted to a department away from that department and give it to their
friends.It is time earmarks were no longer the return on investment
for big money, incumbents re-election campaigns, or lobbyists.A city
shouldn't have to pay some lobbyist to donate to a campaign fund of someone back
in DC to get the help they need from the federal government.I like
the way Chaffetz is doing things. Keep it up.I wish we had more doing that
in the Senate. This last month, we have seen the bribes for votes taken by
others. Chaffetz is clean in this area.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has and is doing exactly what he said:“Therefore, I, Jason Chaffetz, in my capacity as Congressman, do hereby
pledge that I will personally support spending reform in Congress by refusing to
seek, support, or enact earmarks during the appropriations process for fiscal
year 2009.”“Earmark reform is a critical component to
reforming Washington and fixing the mismanaged appropriations process. If I am
fortunate enough to win, I will join other fiscal conservatives in the fight to
fix this broken system,” said Jason Chaffetz.from his 2008
campaign website.He did the 2009 and he is trying to fix the current
So any criticism of Chaffetz comes down to him being LDS? My being critical of
Him has nothing to do with his religion( I have voted for numerous people who
are LDS) and everything to do with him being a grandstanding media hog who for
some reason thinks modern technology that could prevent a tragic terrorist
attack is somehow a huge invasion of privacy .We all have to give up some
personal freedom in order to fly on a plane . If you dont like it, take the bus.
There is no constitutional right to fly on a plane . Sorry .
The last I checked, Chaffetz has 10 bills he sponsored, plus one amendment that
got 310 votes in favor. I know one of the bills was signed by Obama, and some of
them made it to the senate.That doesn't take into account the over
60 bills he was original co-sponsor for or the hundreds he was co-sponsor
for.Chaffetz co-sponsored the bill with Matheson to block Italy
sending their hazardous waste to Utah, it passed the House and gets blocked by
Bob Bennett in the Senate.Chaffetz has been busy, not just getting
press.We could use 500 more in US House and Senate just like him.
Experts told you to Invest and diversify and eveyone I know who did that lost an
average of 60% of there retirement. Including my parents my wifes parents.Experts say allot of things that are biased towards there end goals.
Chertoff profits from the sales of invaision of privacy body porn scanners. Somtimes the very things with the intent to keep us free are the very
things destroying freedom.Jason is one of the only ones out there
that is leading.Wake UP Sheeple.(and Im not a republican, and
I voiced my anger towards the passing of the antipatriot act.)
I'm glad others find this man is helpful. I do not. I
will never vote for this man.
"Of course asking him to do some actual work is out of the question, unless the
media will cover it. Fact is, he does little. He talks and talks, yada, yada,
yada and at the end of the day far more is said then done.He was a
con job from moment one. And nothing has changed."We are talking
about Jason, not Obama.
If when (Hope not) a plane with 200 passengers gets blown to bits because full
body scanners were not used if little jason will be the "media darling" he is
now. Doubt it .
Chaffetz has always been a "media darling" - his ego demands nothing less. When
he was a kicker for the BYU football team, the instant he had kicked the
football, off came the helmet so he could quickly fluff up his hair and smile
for the cameras - which he knew would be on him. Real football players wear
their helmets all the time, "media darlings" yank them off to preen for the
fans. I suppose we should celebrate having a media darling in congress than an
unselfish gridder who toils quietly in the trenches.
Jason seems like a personable and nice enough guy BUT his voting record (which
in the end is all that really matters) is the sam old knee-jerk, right wing,
unwilling to see any other point of view, that is no different from any of the
other John Birch type Republicans Utah sends to Washington. In the end it's
nothing new except a fresh face.
Only if he leaves TSA alone. I understand his concern in the matter but I'd vote
for him IF I felt that he was supportive on the war on terrorists. To me, he is
going against this and that concerns me. Jason, you are not becoming popular the
best way. In fact, if you keep this up I will NEVER vote for you. You act like
you've never served you country in the military where real men fight for freedom
at ALL costs and that includes a simple body scan.
I just wish he had more common sense. Experts tell us we need these new
scanners, but he is too bull headed to acknowledge this. He is too proud perhaps
to back off.
Outside of Utah, clear of the Zion press, we in the midwest do not even know who
this guy Chaffetz is. I read, I listen, I am aware of my surroundings... and I
honestly had never heard of this guy... at all.The DN needs to check
its ego and its spinning of the news. If Chaffetz is a darling of
the media then how come he does not appear on my tv, etc. ? Huh?????What a bunch of hooey.
I recently talked with a close associate who works in government on capitol
hill. It was amazing that he described Congressman Chaffetz exactly as your
article, a "media darling". Unfotunatley he also stated that few in congress
take him serious! "He is a master of dodging any question about what he has
accomplished. As a Republican, I am ashamed that in a time when we desparately
need leadership, we send a dog and pony show to represent us. Your article
says it all!
At least we know he is not in back rooms making secret deals with the criminal
element of Washington, the lobbyists.From what seems to be a change
in Washington, there is more debate going on in many crucial bills and less
rubber stamping going on. Makes me wonder with all his publicity if it is
putting more attention on all of our congressmen to act more like
congressmen.His influence seems to be doing something positive for
this nation, something Obama can't say. All I can say is we need him there for a
while to demonstrate what a government is supposed to be, open, honest, and mix
with the people, not lobbyists.
Congress is a perfect place for a Narcissist. Have no doubt he's having the
time of his life. That's like an alcoholic saying they are having the time of
their life at the liquor store.
He does no work, just talks to the media. He is a world class primadona. The
story is so ironic.
Of course asking him to do some actual work is out of the question, unless the
media will cover it. Fact is, he does little. He talks and talks, yada, yada,
yada and at the end of the day far more is said then done.He was a
con job from moment one. And nothing has changed.
Before the liberals start the bashing, I'd like to congratulate Jason on his
first year and say thanks for his constitutional conservative stance that he has
wisely chosen to maintain in his freshman year, hard to do in such a cesspool of
corruption as the beltway is.
If Jasson is against whole-body imaging, would he be in favor of limited
profiling? By that, I mean, check passports for prior trips to Yemin, Pakistan
or Afganistan, behavioral profiling, checking for cash one-way ticket purchases,
and for heavens sake use the 'no fly' list, and keep it current.
Way to go Jason!!! (just thought I'd get this one in before the anti-LDS
Glad he is having a great vacation at the expense of Utah, what has he done?
NOTHING, Except obstruction!