Lawmakers want to set rules for replacing Chaffetz

New poll says most Utahns want all voters to choose candidates, not party delegates

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    May 19, 2017 2:33 p.m.

    Aren't you also worried by the President Trump's behavior? Aren't you disappointed that Utah Republicans like Representative Chaffetz abandoned Utah principles to ride his coattails to power?

    Let's replace our spineless representatives with Democrats. Here's Utah's first real chance to end the Republican stranglehold on Utah.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2017 2:32 p.m.

    :Here's how this would work if we had representative government. There would be a multi-stage runoff, with anyone in any party or no party being able to run.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2017 2:29 p.m.

    I guess the replacement has to be a Republican?

    If so, it's load of rot.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    May 18, 2017 2:14 p.m.

    When the going gets tough the weak start running. Thank you Jason, I always thought you where weak.

  • plan-ahead Farmington, UT
    May 18, 2017 8:05 a.m.

    Chaffetz can't resign quickly enough in my opinion. His aimless pandering to the GOP continues to baffle me. I'm glad he's considering resignation as we need more representatives who are willing to stand for what is right and fewer political puppets.

    It's also disheartening to read that our Utah representatives don't trust our ability to make informed decisions. I'm my opinion, any politician who seeks to disenfranchise the people who brought them to power should be removed from that power. That disenfranchisement is already largely in place through legislation which prevents any common person of any political affiliation from running for office.

    Yes, a primary will be more costly and time consuming. Yes, there is a possibility that the people would choose differently than the delegates, but heaven forbid we should let the people choose for themselves.

  • Rufus Cedar Hills, UT
    May 18, 2017 1:01 a.m.

    @Utah County Republican,

    With respect, I disagree with my fellow Utah County Republican. Political parties exist primarily to win and hold office, not to keep elected officials accountable or to assure a candidate's transparency.

    Determining a candidate's merit is the sole privilege and responsibility of the voters. Party delegates must always play a subordinate role to that of the people in determining who should hold office.

    I'm not trying to reopen the SB 54 debate. My point is simply that we need a real and robust election to choose a new representative in Congress, not an insider process.

    I hope we never have to vote for a candidate based on whether she or he is "beholden to the party platform." Shouldn't we, rather, as citizens, choose candidates based on whether they are beholden to the rule of law, the Constitution, integrity, virtue, and common sense?

    Parties have their place. I just don't want them to take mine.

  • IceCreamGhost Sandy, UT
    May 17, 2017 11:38 p.m.

    I hope they do this in a bipartisan way. I'm so sick of all the bickering. Just enact the fairest, most transparent method and be done.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 17, 2017 10:01 p.m.

    Utah House GOP says it wants to set rules for replacing Chaffetz



    How about the STATE - Republicans AND Democrats - set the rules.
    Then let the PEOPLE of the 3rd district elect the person THEY want - not the House GOP.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    May 17, 2017 6:02 p.m.


    I don't appreciate your rudeness. The article doesn't answer my question. Why did he run last year if he wasn't committed to serving the term? So what if a job in the private sector turns up. Doesn't mean he has to take it. I'm disappointed in Chaffetz.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2017 6:00 p.m.

    Demos. can look forward to the time in Utah (never)when they can do the same thing.

    Or, they COULD move to Kalifornia right now where demos. do the same thing.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:34 p.m.

    Because legislators don't listen to their constituents, the caucus system will choose. And why not, we keep re-electing them. This is so tiresome.

  • Utah County Republican Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 17, 2017 5:28 p.m.


    The use of political parties is how the people keep their elected officials accountable.

    The purpose of a candidate affiliating with a party's political platform is to provide the voters guidance in how they will make decisions when in office. The party delegates (neighborhood representatives) vet the candidates each election cycle to make sure they are holding true to the party platform.

    The caucus-convention system requires transparency from candidates and empowers voters through neighborhood participation. The Utah state house wants the delegates to keep the candidates beholden to the party platform and not to who ever will fund their expensive signature/primary race for them.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    May 17, 2017 4:54 p.m.


    You are 100% correct. Well said.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    May 17, 2017 4:42 p.m.

    Haven't they gotten the memo? As Trump's ship sinks, Chaffetz can get back in front of the cameras (his natural habitat) without having to do any hard work or cross his own party. So he might be here to stay.

  • Rufus Cedar Hills, UT
    May 17, 2017 4:35 p.m.

    It is time for the people to take back the election process from the parties. The House of Representatives is supposed to be the Vox Populi or "voice of the people." Too many times it seems to be more like the "voice of the party." Let's have a real election and not let party insiders make our decision for us.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2017 3:56 p.m.


    "Why is Chaffetz retiring? He just got re-elected 6 months ago."

    Why don't you try reading the article instead of expecting others to do it for you?

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    May 17, 2017 2:29 p.m.

    Why is Chaffetz retiring? He just got re-elected 6 months ago.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2017 2:21 p.m.

    Bradley Edward Manning Manning was charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which was the most serious charge and which could have resulted in a death sentence. President Ronald Reagan would never have commuted his sentence.