State plans for special election after Chaffetz confirms he may step down before his term ends

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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 21, 2017 10:33 a.m.

    Hey Vermonter -

    RE: "If I was a voter in the Third District, I would have a problem with him leaving early. Chaffetz was elected with the assumption that he would be in Congress for his full 2-year term."

    Ha! You're giving Utah "Conservatives" far too much credit.

    These people voted for Trump, and then don't mind at all that Trump is not living up to all the bold (and stupid and undoable) promises he made.

    These folks are totally Trumped. The Republican elite has successfully peonized them, so much so that now they actually don’t mind being treated like garbage.

    They don't have any problem at all with Chaffetz disrespecting them. Chaffetz could spit on them, and they would probably beg for more. Unlike most of us, they LIKE to get Trumped.

    They are loyal Trumplings. Don't expect to see them feel dishonored or disrespected when their betters insult them. Peons don’t have that in them.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 20, 2017 6:21 p.m.

    I would be interested to know what Donald Trump said to Jason Chaffetz in their private meeting in the Oval Office a few weeks ago.

    I think there is more to this story...MUCH more...

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 20, 2017 3:49 p.m.

    It's a confusing time for Jason. X-Y graphs with no Y axis, graphs where 300,000 is greater than 900,000, a never ending investigation into Benghazi where he never did provide any answers.
    Hillary's corruption and trump's obvious innocence. The left wing delusion that Russia had connections to the greatest president, even President trump.
    It's hard for Jason because things are going so perfectly well for his side of the political isle.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 20, 2017 3:26 p.m.

    I'm sure he's quitting so he can do some secret special-op Hillary reconnaissance work.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 20, 2017 2:51 p.m.

    "Chaffetz angered the left because he could find no evidence to investigate President Trump for any wrong doing! "

    Uh, wrong!

    He angered moderates because he refused to even try to investigate The Donald.

    Rupert Murdoch's news in London is reporting that the Russians may have some compromising information on Jason himself! That is something that also needs to be investigated.

    It not just the "left" who are upset about shenanigans in the White House these days. There are plenty of us sensible people who are neither left nor right who are plenty upset with what's happening to our country.

    It's time for a big change, one that can't come from an extremist on either side.

  • rslutefan Gilbert, AZ
    April 20, 2017 2:17 p.m.

    It's a good lesson for kids Mr. Chaffetz. When the going gets tough -- get going!

    You failed to accomplish the position as House Oversight Committee chair. You were so partisan. When you run for office you put your job and the integrity of doing that job above all else. The only good reason you should have for stepping down is your or a family member's health issue or other major personal or family concern.

    Afraid of losing re-election. If you did your job, and did it to the very best of your abilities you shouldn't care about elections - win or lose. That is if you had sufficient integrity. But you're scared and want to pursue other political endeavors and don't want your reputation tarnished for losing. Much better to tarnish it as a quitter, and a flip-flopper partisan that wouldn't do the job they needed to do.

  • UtahTroutStalker Draper, UT
    April 20, 2017 1:47 p.m.

    Well if you cannot do the job you were sent to do then bowing out early is the admirable thing to do.

    Jason, I will support your decision to step down.

    We need someone in there we can trust to look into Trump's dealings so the country can know if there is or is not a conflict of interest. The sooner we know, the sooner we can figure out if we should or should not support agenda items from this POTUS.

  • JRL in AZ Tucson, AZ
    April 20, 2017 1:08 p.m.

    @Tlingit: The Constitution says a Senate vacancy can be filled by the governor, but not House vacancies - you need an election for that.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 20, 2017 1:00 p.m.

    I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until he leaves early and cites legitimate reasons for doing so. But the fact is he is not currently do his job by going after Trump for his obvious violations of the emoluments clause and the connections of his campaign to Russia during the elections. There is certainly more stink there then there was in anything he pursued in Hillary's investigations.
    It is very coincidental that Nunes had to remove himself from chairing his congressional committee do to his connections to the Trump campaign and his improper handling and misleading statement around confidential information and now Chaffetz leaving. Seems while the swamp is draining it's revealing a lot more nefarious creatures than we realized.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    April 20, 2017 12:54 p.m.

    @Jim Schwartz.

    Huntsman is different than Palin. Huntsman got called up to the big leagues by Obama. Almost all voters understand this didn't hold it against Huntsman.

    Chaffetz appears to just be tired of Washington, D.C. Now, I don't blame him. But, he signed up for 2 more years when he ran in 2016. He should keep his commitment to the voters. Sometimes work is work.

  • MacA Chicago, IL
    April 20, 2017 12:51 p.m.

    It's worth noting that on April 12, Louise Mensch, a former conservative member of the British Parliament, and currently employed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. - and someone with sources in the intelligence community - tweeted out: “Sources say there is kompromat on Jason Chaffetz that this is why he turned and that FBI know it”

    "Kompromat" is compromising information, an old KGB trick of luring powerful people into comprising situations and filming it. (Some say they have that on Trump himself.)

    But Chaffetz sure did bail out rather unexpectedly, didn't he.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 20, 2017 12:41 p.m.

    Hmmmm

    Spend the next 2 years without another Benghazi investigation or Democrat to accuse,
    while trying to avoid the President with the REAL dirt, foreign influence, and perpetual conflicts of interest,
    an enemy of the President for investigating him,
    or a traitor by your party for doing it.
    all while being yelled at by the nation to Do YOUR job!

    or

    quit early,
    spend more time with family
    and be building a war chest to run for a local office were he stands a better chance to win with less national humiliation...

  • Jim Schwartz Fort Lauderdale, FL
    April 20, 2017 12:36 p.m.

    @Vermonter -

    Maybe they were chapped in Alaska when Palin left, but here in Utah, Jon Huntsman, Jr. left his post early, stuck us with Dirty Herbie, aka "Available Jones," went to be the Chinese Ambassador for Barry Obama, and nobody batted an eye.

    How incensed people get about Chaffetz leaving may depend on how horrible his replacement is, and you can see there are some horrible prospects lining up to take his place, like his poser pal Sean Reyes.

    @JimInSLC -

    I agree that it smells fishy that Chaffetz is imposing a term limit on himself. You show me a politician who is willing to impose term limits on himself, and I'll show you a politician who hasn't been elected into office yet. (George Washington was no politician. He was a statesman.)

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 20, 2017 12:38 p.m.

    Chaffetz angered the left because he could find no evidence to investigate President Trump for any wrong doing! That makes Chaffetz their enemy! If the investigator can find no evidence of wrong doing, investigate the investigator! Now the left sees some kind of "conspiracy" behind Chaffetz leaving? "He's hiding something"! Right!

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 12:37 p.m.

    If he didn't want the job why did he run for re-election?

  • JBs Logan, UT
    April 20, 2017 12:31 p.m.

    I am in his district and am disappointed not to have the opportunity to not vote for him. I'm glad he's leaving, but I think he is cunning and is not telling the whole story, like him putting himself in position to run for governor. I don't mind that. I just mind it if he is not being honest about it, and I don't think he is.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    April 20, 2017 12:14 p.m.

    With only a two year appointment for U.S. Representatives, he had to know this before deciding to run the last time. I understand and appreciate his not wanting to serve any more due to family reasons and wanting to do something different. However, he leaves early and he becomes a quitter, in addition to going against his conservative values and fiscal responsibilities due to the wasted expense of a special election for someone who will serve a very short time before the next election. Something doesn't seem right about this.

  • Tlingit Orem, UT
    April 20, 2017 12:03 p.m.

    You have to wonder about people who rush to assume the worst about others.

    If Chaffetz were to step down early, his vacancy would be filled by gubernatorial appointment. In other words, the Democrats' money machine would have to dislodge a Republican incumbent, which would be slightly harder and more expensive for them than prevailing in a race where all candidates are newbies.

    In short, the reason Chaffetz could be considering an early departure is to help out his party, not hiding from some skeleton in his closet.

    Since no one actually knows, why not choose to believe something positive about people?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 20, 2017 11:55 a.m.

    Pretty unusual move. One might think that there is something more to this than Mr Chaffetz wanting to spend more time with his family.

    Pure speculation, but I am guessing something bad is brewing for Mr Chaffetz.

    JMHO. Obviously, time will tell.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    April 20, 2017 11:49 a.m.

    If I was a voter in the Third District, I would have a problem with him leaving early. Chaffetz was elected with the assumption that he would be in Congress for his full 2-year term. In the absence of extenuating circumstances, this is essentially breaking your commitment to your constituents.

    In Alaska, Sarah Palin left the Governor's Mansion early, and was rightly excoriated for it.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:38 a.m.

    Chaffetz may well be under great pressure from the emerging Trump - Russiagate situation. There are some reports the Russians have dirt on him that they have threatened to use on him (how true this is I have no idea). But it would explain his refusal to examine any of the Russiagate matter.

    I don't like to see anyone in big trouble, but I think Chaffetz has big trouble.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    April 20, 2017 11:32 a.m.

    Since I'm from Idaho, he's not my dog in the fight. (But generally he's fought for the type of government I would like to have... SMALL.)

    If he finishes his term, he's done a good job of explaining why.

    If he doesn't... yeah, there's something that we're not being told.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 20, 2017 11:29 a.m.

    How typical of the Left... "Someone must have some dirt on Chaffetz and that's why he is leaving"... Please, If you're a Utah resident this guy will be your Governor in 3 short years.

    I'm proud of this guys performance and I will actively campaign for him when he makes his run for the Governorship... In the meantime I will enjoy watching him on Fox News.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:23 a.m.

    I thought it commendable that he would impose term limits on himself. But now something smells fishy.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:23 a.m.

    Chaffetz spent years and millions of taxpayer dollars trying to dig up dirt on Hillary. Now that Trump's in office, and there's tons of conflict of interest, Russian dirt and possibly treasonous dirt, he can't or won't do his job and wants to quit? There's a piece of this puzzle that is missing. We need an independent investigation.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:19 a.m.

    He'd make a great Fox News anchor to replace Bill O'Rielly.

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:18 a.m.

    If he steps down it will only be because the R's have agreed on who they want to be in that seat in the future. No agreement, he stays till the end.

  • NorthboundZax Carbondale, IL
    April 20, 2017 11:16 a.m.

    "I have no plans to take my foot off the gas" - a curious choice of words as he went from reckless driving to leaving the car stalled at an intersection pretty much overnight once Trump was elected.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:14 a.m.

    Avoiding information that requires drastic oversight over the Donald, the Congressman uses the parachute.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 20, 2017 11:09 a.m.

    "'My future plans are not yet finalized, but I haven't ruled out the possibility of leaving early. In the meantime, I still have a job to do, and I have no plans to take my foot off the gas,' Chaffetz said in a statement."

    Oh my! A typical statement from a "Conservative" politician, almost completely bereft of truth.

    Well, that statement is easy to interpret into facts, isn't it?

    What Chaffetz is ACTUALLY saying is that he is far to cowardly to do his job.

    As the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, it is his job to POUNCE on the most corrupt Presidential administration in the history of the United States.

    But Chaffetz will NOT do that, because he is too timid to take on the corrupt billionaire and his rich and powerful Republican friends.

    There are individuals who seize the day and make history, and then there are perpetual victims who let themselves get pushed around. Chaffetz, the timid soul that he is, belongs to the latter category, doesn't he?

    This is what Chaffetz is actually saying:

    "I'm quitting because I'm scared."

  • thebig1 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 11:01 a.m.

    oh to know what someone has on him

  • David Centerville, UT
    April 20, 2017 10:58 a.m.

    Has Chaffetz done something that threatens his political aspirations and wishes to distance himself at this point? Perhaps, but not likely.

    More likely is that Chaffetz wishes to distance himself from DC so that he can run for Governor.

    Or perhaps he truly does wish to take a break, reconnect with his family, before jumping back in. This is all speculation because Chaffetz hasn't said much beyond leaving his position to spend more time with family.