Chaffetz resignation requires counties to pony up $675K for special election

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  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    July 15, 2017 12:52 p.m.

    Truth will set us free =

    One day soon our constitutional law over government will be honored.
    Our blindness to violating each other's rights ended.
    You can't take life without due process/medical necessity: Life begins at the beginning, Bribery in any form cannot stand, Doctors with script powers are our masters not equal citizens.
    All of these Bad Behaviors Will Be Seen As Bad Behaviors.
    Now we are deceived/blinded to reality because of survival reasons.
    Survival reasoning/logic is what drives all life forms.
    We just didn't know Satan/instinct had control over our thoughts and choices.
    Something had to be the brains operating our existence. It sure isn't our conscious minds.
    The gift from God of how Satan accomplishes his task is here on earth.
    IBM Watson computer will prove, using science based logic, what our minds would never share.
    Instinct mechanism is and must be: Independent Artificial Intelligence Programs that protects status quo operations. It does not make moral judgments, so we could have choices. For us to evolve, we must embrace this gift from the creator of Satan/instinct.
    Do we want to be blinded to true reality forever?.
    No, repent and sin no more.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 14, 2017 4:01 p.m.


    1) No
    2) No

    Answers to both are easy to find if one is inclined to look. Be careful though. I find that many would rather be outraged by incorrect information than satisfied with the truth.

  • Observer2 Alta, UT
    July 14, 2017 3:13 p.m.

    TWO Points: Someone Please Jump in to Verify:

    1) Jason Chaffetz's retirement after serving 4 terms (8 1/2 years) in U.S. Congress: Full Congressional Salary for the rest of his life ($174,000 per year);

    2) Jason Chaffetz's medical benefits after serving 4 terms in U.S. Congress: Full Congressional Medical for the rest of his life ($0 Deductible on anything and everything).

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    July 14, 2017 1:20 p.m.

    If it costs Utah county a half-million dollars we need to find better employees. That's ridiculous.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    July 14, 2017 9:22 a.m.

    So when can we expect news coverage of the costs imposed by Sheriff Winder's decision to resign for nothing but personal reasons to take a better job? Where are the outraged comments about an elected Democrat resigning for personal gain?

    I like Chaffetz but am unhappy with his resignation. I am also troubled by the stark differences in local media coverage of his and Winder's resignations.

    I will also note that if the governor and legislature would have allowed each party to select their nominees in convention there would have been no need for a special primary election. The final, public vote coukd have occured as planned, at nearly zero cost, concurrent with the regular municipal general election in November. That satisfies the constitutional requirement that US House seats be filled via popular election.

    In other words, most of these costs are imposed as much by count my vote as by Chaffetz resigning.

    There is no special primary for Winder's seat because Democrats were allowed to select a replacement in convention.

  • Read2Learn Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    @ Rick for Truth

    I respect your pitch for a possible solution. There are other solutions as well, like requiring he use his campaign funds to cover the costs. It is appalling to expect taxpayers to foot the bill.

    I take issue with your demeaning reference to "dems" and the idea they would rubber stamp a tax on anything. The truth is, the elected republicans in Utah are notorious for spending tax money on whatever profits them personally. Have you ever driven by Greg Hughes' home? Shameful. The family of Howard Stevenson is making bank on charter schools, which have no better test scores than public schools that the legislature has decimated in recent years. Jason Chaffetz has enjoyed the limelight and has used his prominence to find a paid gig at FOX news.

    The truth is republicans are the ones with the rubber stamp. They will shamelessly stamp anything that is big business and personally profits they and theirs. Meanwhile, voters blindly keep putting them in office and in turn vote against their own interests.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 14, 2017 8:20 a.m.

    Cheap at twice the price .

    What a relief to get him out.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 14, 2017 8:17 a.m.

    Yeah, but Chaffetz gets to line his own pockets, the Republican way.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2017 8:11 a.m.

    So much for "fiscal conservative"!

  • followhim Provo, UT
    July 14, 2017 8:09 a.m.

    I like Chaffetz, but no representative across the country should resign for reasons other than verifiable health issues or promotion to the president's team. Doing so should require they pay for the special election. Think twice before you say "I'm tired" or "I want to spend more time with my family" or "I want to pursue other interests". Those reasons are all good, but don't run if that is the situation. Jason, I'm sorry you were not as committed as you claimed you were.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    July 14, 2017 8:03 a.m.


    Counties in Utah are left holding the bag while the epitome of the re-Publican Political Machine wanders off to greener pastures ($$$$$$$).


    Side note...

    People like Jason Chaffetz will continue to be elected/re-elected simply because of their re-Publican political affiliation matched with the right cultural qualifications.

    Double Perfect.

  • Mick , 00
    July 14, 2017 7:15 a.m.

    I'll tell you a possible reason why. Maybe the death threats became a little too real after the recent shooting at the baseball practice.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2017 7:05 a.m.

    Subsidizing Fox News.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 14, 2017 6:24 a.m.

    Mr Chaffetz should be ashamed.

    This is a mere 2 year term. He knew exactly what he was signing up for.
    The single biggest change in his circumstances is that Trump is now president. The GOP controls the house and the senate.

    Chaffetz has never shown a willingness to investigate fellow Republicans and he did not want to alienate his supporters by doing so.

    Yes, He should pay back the Utah taxpayers. He cheated them out of this money.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    July 14, 2017 5:32 a.m.

    Why did Rep Chaffetz run for reelection in November anyway? Things did not change much after the election. There is no doubt that Utah would have rewarded another GOP candidate with the office.

    So why, someone please tell the rest of the US, why would someone raise money, seek election, win easily, then decide to chuck it all after only a few months?

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    July 13, 2017 11:02 p.m.

    His campaign funds should be used to pay for this.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    July 13, 2017 10:30 p.m.

    Politicians worlds revolve around themselves, with no reguard to the average citizen. Chaffitz is a quitter, costing us dearly. Wish they would all quit and be replaced by good leaders willing to put the people first. Sad part is, we will still be paying through the nose for his pension and parting gifts.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 13, 2017 10:29 p.m.

    The bulk of the Utah County expense is the unintended consequence of the switch to mail ballots instead of traditional live polling places.

    Utah really needs to adopt a new process to fill unexpected vacancies like this. Authorize the Governor to appoint someone to fill an office on an "acting" basis until the next regularly scheduled election. Maybe have him make the selection from among a slate of 3 candidates proposed by the party of the person leaving office or something like that. We should be able to get someone into the position to do the work within 10 days of a vacancy, not six months.

  • Max Upstate, NY
    July 13, 2017 8:55 p.m.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, HE should have to pay for it. To run and get elected only to immediately resign is disgraceful. He isn't sick, he doesn't have any issues with his family that I am aware of. Nothing has changed whatsoever except he got a better offer from Fox News. He should have completed his term and then went to work for Fox.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    July 13, 2017 8:30 p.m.

    Rebekah "why do people keep voting against themselves in this state." You recommend we elect a Dem who will rubberstamp every tax imaginable? One should not cut off a hand because it has a scratch or sore. One possible solution would be to change he states laws and give the power of appointing a replacement to the Governor followed with a required vote approval of the state legislature.

  • LisA Draper, UT
    July 13, 2017 8:14 p.m.

    Since he left voluntarily, and not because of injury or other legitimate reason, he should cough up the money for the election. He'll likely get paid more working for Fox.
    Politicians don't seem to have any comprehension of what life is like for common people, and local communities should not have to foot the bill for Chaffetz's lack of persevering to the end of his term.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 13, 2017 7:46 p.m.

    Another "fiscally responsible" Utah Republican. Utah taxpayers can't afford any more fiscal conservatives.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2017 7:41 p.m.

    Breach of contract, send the bill to Chaffetz.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    July 13, 2017 7:27 p.m.

    Interesting.... when I complained about this being a burden to the tax payers a few weeks ago 2 Bits pronounced that this election wouldn't cost the tax payers anything... just shows how complex these situation are.

    I get why he resigned - cost to the family vs. feeling you can get something done. I too commute out of state to my job.... and sometimes you do need to ask yourself is the greater good being served by being away so much. So I get it.

    But I do wish he could have finished off his term. It's only a two year commitment.

  • Rebekeh Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2017 7:07 p.m.

    He should legally be held accountable. He should pay that tab, or FOX news should pick it up as a sign on bonus. He is leaving his job and costing taxpayers their own livelihood, so he can shirk his duties. Who else can just quit their job and leave their employer hundreds of thousands in debt. It's just maddening. And it's wrong.

  • Rebekeh Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2017 6:40 p.m.

    Awesome. Why do people keep voting against themselves in this state?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2017 6:38 p.m.

    "Chaffetz resignation requires counties to pony up $675K for special election."

    This is bad enough, but consider local taxes are regressive, so this is coming out of the hides of people who can't afford it.

    Chaffetz isn't so wonderful.