House GOP demotes lawmaker who defied leaders on trade vote; Chaffetz says it was his choice

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  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 25, 2015 9:57 a.m.

    Chaffetz's style is hyper-partisan, brook-no-opposition harshness. This is just the latest example of his arrogance. He does not represent the true spirit of Utah.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2015 3:14 a.m.

    How is this even legal? Removing someone for voting against party rules? How is using fear to manipulate members legal? Representatives should be able to vote their conscience without worrying about getting blacklisted by the party's leadership. Reinstate him chaffetz.

  • RonSwanson Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2015 9:33 a.m.

    Along the same lines with TRUTH, Chaffetz has a bad case of Potomac Fever. No cure like the Caucus, well, what used to be the Caucus..

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 22, 2015 9:13 p.m.

    The Utah Republican party is just as bad. A recent questionaire sent to party members asked if propective candidates for public office should have to appear before a party committee and demonstrate party loyalty. I voted no.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 22, 2015 9:05 p.m.

    Once again party loyalty trumps. Time for a moderate third party to fill in the gaps.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 22, 2015 8:24 p.m.

    As a result of representing his constituents, a rePublican is demoted by Party boss rePublican chaffetz for defying other rePublican party bosses...


  • Phred Ogden, UT
    June 22, 2015 7:06 p.m.

    President Obama has had a lot of criticism for doing things that he has acknowledged he did not have the authority to do. The Republicans have been criticized by the opposition for opposing many of the things he wants. The Democrats claim it is either racism or partisanship while the Republicans are convinced they are trying to turn the direction the country around and head in the "right" direction.

    In this case, it is the Republicans that are championing the granting of additional powers to the POTUS and the Democrats are standing in opposition (kind of deflates the argument that Republicans are opposed to anything the President wants).

    The President, of course, is happy to accept additional authority.

    The Democrats say they are opposed, in an effort to prevent the job loss that has been typical of foreign trade agreements.

    What is it the Republicans are hoping to gain by their stance?

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    June 22, 2015 2:59 p.m.

    This is a sad commentary on the state of our democracy.

    Re FT You're right... it does sound like the Third Reich.

    Each government official should be able to vote according to their constituents needs and desires. Our officials do for us... oh wait, never mind.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 22, 2015 2:15 p.m.

    Chaffetz has evolved from a conservative into Chris Cannon....time to demote Chaffetz!

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    June 22, 2015 1:53 p.m.

    The article has been cut from AP's version too much. It isn't clear why the congressman opposed fast track. It could have been because he has concerns about the impact on labor. More likely, it is because he doesn't want to do anything that can be interpreted as support for President Obama. There is no way to tell.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 22, 2015 1:37 p.m.

    This is yet another way people get "co-opted" in Washington.

    It doesn't matter if you say you will do good things when running your election campaign back in small-town USA (and they elect you to do that)... when you get to Washington the party takes over, and you have to become a drone for their cause or else.

    Some people fight against it, but they are marginalized and sidelined until they are powerless and eventually gone. It's a sad part of our political system.

    You can't vote your own conscience sometimes... you have to vote the party line (or else).

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 22, 2015 1:35 p.m.

    Sounds like a tactic from the third reich. Party loyalty over the people who elected you. Sad state of American politics.