"The Republic will survive without me. I promise." Probably
the most factual and to the point statement this man has made in the last nine
years. His public humiliation at the Planned Parenthood hearings with not
knowing where his visual aid came from (ooopsy) will be the thing I most
remember. Absolutely priceless. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the
beginning of this decision.
lost in DC - West Jordan, UT"The fact he has upset so many liberals
means one thing - he has been doing a great job"WOW!And foolish
me - I thought there was a Constitution and a person named Jesus who told us
that we should all work together for the common good. I would like to hope that
the people we entrust to run the United States are not playing battleball.This Sunday school I went to may not have been LDS but surely taught me that I
was meant to treat others with love and support and that believing in the common
good would carry me along.
If Chaffetz does fallow the lure of the camera and Mic, as he most assuredly
will, I am wondering if the Chaffetz fam. will be relocating to New York or
will Jason take his "have cot will travel" with him.He now
joins Palin in the hall of quitters!
Old-fashioned integrity seems to have disappeared in so many areas these days.
When you run for office, you ask for trust that you will do the job you're
seeking, that you will honor the financial and moral support given you by
voters, and that you will stay the course, not quitting when the going gets
tough. To say he never intended to make his political office a lifetime job so
he's justified in quitting, even though it's just six months after his
reelection and his job is not done, is totally unworthy, shallow, and
inexcusable. People did not work six months ago to keep him in office until
something better came along...they supported him because they believed in him,
trusted him, and he has now essentially thrown that trust in their faces!
The fact he has upset so many liberals means one thing - he has been doing a
great job. we will miss him. a little disappointed he did not serve out his term
I understand his desire to leave, but why leave now when getting his replacement
will cost the taxpayers of Utah millions. Why didn't he not run for
re-election in 2016 and save us millions? I am sure that he knew then that he
was not going to run for re-election. If he is so adamant about leaving now why
didn't he tell us a year ago and save all of the money that getting his
replacement will cost us now?
imp7why so bitter?his pension for 9 years' service is about
$27,000, far below the $400,000 paid to ex POTUSs for at most 8 years'
service.the hate from the left is...not surprising
"Why he is leaving early will apparently remain a mystery."My theory? He is head of oversight. GOP controls everything. So, if you
oversee and investigate those in charge (read GOP), you will be blasted by your
GOP base and damage your credentials.Or you forgo your
responsibility to investigate (which he has apparently decided to do) and damage
your credibility to everyone but the far right.Either way, it is a
lose/lose situation for Chaffetz.
he wants to spend more time with his children yet all three of them will be out
of the house this year. I'm glad that Ruby the dog will still be
there. Well, his wife and Ruby may be there but obviously "there" is
moving to New York to work for fox, which places mr. C farther from his
children not closer.
I don't blame him for leaving - but I don't understand not serving out
your term. To me that is almost inexcusable. Like Palin, the voters did
elect you to represent them until something better came along. He made a
commitment to the public that if elected, he would serve them for a specific
term. You don't quit on your commitments..... pure and simple.
Disappointed he is chasing dollars before finishing his job."Let's pass the buck, and force insurance companies to pay, for
injuries which people got while not paying premiums."Amigo....
this still happened before ObamaCare. Hospitals had to see all comers in
through the emergency room door, and by default, that became the primary care
for a segment of our society. The cost of providing that service was baked into
every one who could pay a bill.... Hospitals didn't just eat those cost.
Everyone paid for the uninsured. And people should feel entitled
to life saving medical treatment. Your wallet should not determine if you live
or die at the hospitals door. It's simply unethical. Immoral. Denying
care based on income is simply wrong... period.
Run, Jason, run!
Seems a bit selfish. This doesn't make any sense at all. Congressional
terms are only two years long. Surely he could have announced that his is not
seeking reelection and then finish his term. Why he is leaving early will
apparently remain a mystery.
I too am a lifelong registered Republican and have been saddened by the extreme
partisan politics on both sides. We need to return to the middle, moderate
position of governing where all parties can come together, compromise, and solve
problems as best as possible. When nobody gets all they want, that is probably
the right law to pass. If one side is trying to ram their agenda down our
throats, it is always ugly. Obamacare was done wrong, and now the Trump
administration is doing the same kinds of things with presidential edicts.I wish Chaffetz was staying in office. He campaigned 6 months ago and I
am sure he didn't tell constituents back then "Vote for me so I can
resign in 6 months". Something happened to change his view and position. I
suspect he sees the writing on the wall--Trump will be impeached and Chaffetz
doesn't want to be in Congress to see it happen or have his name on the
process one way or the other.
The hate and anger by the far Left crowd is absolutely astounding. I do not
understand how all of you can have so much of it inside you. I'm not sure
I'd want to even be around a group that just oozes such vitriol.It's amazing.........
Jason Chaffetz served the 3rd congressman district honorably. His departure is
frustrating and disappointing he ran for this term and voters including myself
expected him to serve it out. He obviously was rattled by the hostile and
perhaps potentially dangerous townhall meeting in SL county. I believe it was
the turning point. Deciding not to run for reelection is one thing leaving
office early is quite another.
You can only speak for yourself...don't assume all Utahans feel the same
way you do. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
This strikes me as very odd. I've never heard of an elected official
announcing an unforced resignation six months after an election. Why did he run
for reelection, if he was going to quit within six months?
Very sad to see him leave. He's been a champion for worthwhile causes.
Let's hope wherever he goes he can do as much good as he has done in the
If Chaffetz goes to Fox, good for him! He has served 9 years sleeping on a cot
away from his family. I hope he gets a much better paying job and can be a new
voice for conservatism. How many of you would be willing to do what he has
done... away from your family and sleeping on a cot every night?
So Trump will be impeached as soon as the next mid-term Congress members take
their oath of office. Chaffetz will be collecting million dollar
paychecks on Fox complaining about all the healing the country is experiencing.
His Fox audience will nod their heads in approval. "Healing is
so wrong!" they will exclaim on cue.The loyalty oath Chaffetz
gave Trump will always be in effect.
Than k you Jason Chaffetz for your wonderful service in the House of
Representatives. You have done well. The only thing I would have recommended was
that you supported President Trump's agenda more. Other than that,
you're a fine man. Good luck in the future!
So many matters hidden from the public eye. What was prominent on the stage
though were cries of Benghazi, Hillary emails and bullying Washington D.C.
citizens. The shtick was nearly non-stop for the better part of the past 8 years
and now we hear of "family time" and yet the compass is set for
(national) Fox, which is back East. The wife and kids moving this time? And the
scurrying off to cast a vote on the health care bill that hadn't been
scored or really reviewed, that was a bold move, but a necessity in the partisan
eye? And the perceptive really -as to why he is prematurely leaving - driven by
so many narratives. Getting pushed by the Trump side that has the
"goods" on him or losing the stomach to go after the ogre on the hill
that wears the R moniker? If only more in the beltway, could or would talk,
whisper or wink; otherwise, after June 30 Mr. Jason gets to re-brand, sort of.
If Chaffetz wants to go early, that is his right. I'm sure none of the
respondents that are being negative have ever quit a job, ever?If
Jason wants to go to greener pastures, that his his right. He's not our
slave, nor does he have to give us the reasons why. He did just what the voters
of his district wanted him to do and he has done a great job. Personally,
I'd vote for him again but I'm no longer in his district.The good thing is that apparently, he's not staying in Washington to be a
highly paid lobbyist. I wish him good luck at Fox News.
Provo Mayor John Curtis is the best available candidate for the congressional
seat. He is an experienced problem solver, knowledgable about the needs of his
constituency, moderate in his politics and with impeccable honesty. Let's
hope he wants to continue his public service.
Why didn't he make this decision prior to the election last November? This
is going to cost several million $ for the Utah tax payer. Plus all of the
additional angst of another election. We certainly don't need more excuses
to sling mud. This is very discouraging, especially if this is just a money
play for him. I sincerely hope that is not the case.I am a staunch
conservative. I'm discouraged at the lack of ethics on both sides of the
Hallelujah! It's about time. And now he is pretending that he cares about
investigating Trump and the Russia connection? I'm not buying it, not for a
second. What has changed all of a sudden? If he couldn't look his daughter
in the eye and then he still voted for Trump, he has no credibility with me.
Further, he not only wouldn't listen to his constituents and do his job, he
just didn't care. Nothing penetrated that elephant-thick skin of his.I don't believe anything he said in the past or will say in the
future while he is in office or on Fox News if that is where he ends up because
he backed Trump to the hilt, and now he wants us to believe him? Surely we are
not that stupid, are we? Time will tell.
Ha HaThose who voted for Chavitz are you still happy?
@airnaut,Let's pass the buck, and force insurance companies to
pay, for injuries which people got while not paying premiums.Something for nothing,--entitlement mentality. Make someone else pay for your
misfortune.Perhaps I could get someone to pay my mortgage. We live
in a country where people are no longer able to care for themselves. Pathetic,
In my opinion his replacement should be done by the electorate of their district
not by the inner workings of the party. If someone is appointed to finish his
term it should be someone who agrees to only finish the term and then recuse
themselves from an open nomination process and election for the next term.
Trump must have really scared him when he insisted he not investigate him. That
he would go to a private sector role rather than 'Do His Job' and
investigate Trump's ethics and conflict of interest issues is quite
telling. The man has no backbone and is only in it when he can play his game.
The endless investigations of Hillary's trumped up allegations was
ridiculous. Now when something real comes along, Jason turns and runs. btw - I'm a lifelong GOP voter. One who is disgusted with the amoral
leadership of today's GOP.
I do not know how GOVERNMENT Insurance works [ I believe they get it for the
rest of their lives], butwouldn't it be sweet and wonderful if
his foot is now considered a "pre-existing condition", and Jason
Chaffetz gets dropped?!
It's a shame that Orrin Hatch didn't do this many years ago.
Can't exactly call someone who has served in Congress for over eight years
a "quitter". He's making good on his belief that this
shouldn't be a lifetime career, although he should have finished his
I'm frustrated that Herbert would want to avoid a regular election process
for a special election. The only thing special about the election is that it is
outside the normal cycle. The Congressional vote of the person who is elected
will be just as valid as if they had been elected during a regular election thus
the voters should have the same say in the process.That probably
costs more but you don't skimp on elections for a healthy democracy any
more than you would skimp on medical care for a healthy life.
Of course he's going to quit, he would have to start working if he sticks
around.See his city hall meeting that hurt his feelings, because he
obviously believed he should only investigate the Democrats, and can't
believe his constituents expect him to act non-partisan and investigate the
worst president ever, for conflicts of interest and possible treason.Quitter, remember this if he tries to fool Utahn's into electing him to
I have no problem with Jason upgrading his paycheck and perhaps a better long
term job where he doesn't have to re-interview every 2 years. The US House
ought to change its terms to a 4 year term and bump the pay up. At the same time
limit the number of terms to 3.
Is it June 30 yet?
What has not been discussed with Congressman Chaffetz is the absolute disgusting
treatment he received at his last town hall meeting. The Congressman has given
us his very best efforts even if there are many that don't agree. I have
been very proud of his service and the major committees he has served on these
past few years. He has represented Utah well.There is no one among
us that would feel any differently toward his or her current job if we had
received the level of abuse that he has had to deal with recently. He should
keep his head held high and remember there are many millions in this great
country that appreciate all the good he has done for us. My very best wishes to
a very good man.
In the stock market, they call it "inside trade access information" so
I'm wondering if he received inside political stock information and decided
to leave now while his career stock is still in its prime before the GOP stock
Jason just spent a week trying to take Obama's government pension because
he makes big bucks in the private sector. So Jason will give up his government
pension as soon as he hires on with FOX, right? Right?
I used to be a fan of his, but this pending resignation is making me lose
respect for him. Especially if it is just to take a job at Fox News. I have no
respect for a decision like that. He should finish out this term, live up to the
commitment he has made to the voters in his district, and then just not run for
re-election. Then if Fox News still wants him, great. If not, then at least his
integrity would still be intact.
I'm just glad he was able to get surgery, for a pre-existing condition paid
for by taxpayers, before he left office. I'm also glad he get's his
congressman pension even though he's leaving to make a lot more money while
trying to take away another person's pension because that other person is
also making money. Also, he gets to leave before the investigations into
trump get interesting. I wonder why.
The people must bear the expense of a special election. I think he owes voters
a very complete explanation as to why he did not bow out before the last
Glad to see this self serving grandstander go. I hope he never seeks political
office again. If he truly loved Utah and his country he would finish his term.
It was his choice to sleep on a cot.
Truly disappointing. It seems he is going off to get a bigger pay day.
Good luck in your new position at the DNC.
Can't stay in the spotlight because he won't investigate Trump. So
it's time to go work for Fox News.
First Palin, then Chaffetz, next Trump, it's just a matter of time!
My, that was sooner than I expected.Let me guess --- If
you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen?Rats are fleeing a
Utahans have one word for this. Quitter!