Rep. Jason Chaffetz( R-Utah) who stunningly announced this week that he won’t seek re-election and may leave office before his word culminates, strongly affirmed he’s quitting because of some as-yet circulated scandal.
” Not in any way mold or anatomy ,” Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said in an interview with Politico.” I’ve been given more enemas by more parties over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine ,” he sustained.” From the Secret Service to the Democratic Party. I am who I am. If they had something certainly scandalous, it would’ve come out a long, long time ago .”
Chaffetz acquired the outrage proclamation this week that he won’t run for re-election next year, or be” successful candidates for any office” in 2018. In the days since, he said he may not even finish out his current term.
” If I do step down early, it will be months from now ,” Chaffetz told The Wall Street Journal.” It’s hard for parties to accept, I certainly do want to be with my family more. Maybe it’s more a midlife crisis more than anything else .”
The announcement has prompted motions of surmise about Chaffetz’ future. Some have said he may be eyeing a bid for superintendent in 2020. Chaffetz told the Journal he was looking at the private sector.
Utah election officials told Reuters they haven’t been formally told about any a blueprint for Chaffetz to resign. Mark Thomas, the state’s superintendent of elections, told Reuters officials have begun gathering information about when and how to hold a special ballot, but” don’t know what he’s planning .”
” This is more informal, simply wanting to know ourselves and be prepared ,” Thomas said.
Chaffetz has described fierce criticism from Democrat in recent months over declarations he’s been slow to investigate President Donald Trump’s ongoing and false claims of voter scam and wiretapping by onetime President obama. He likewise depicted sharp-worded praises from Republican and constituents after saying in February he wouldn’t look into ties between onetime Trump national defence adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador — a relationship that led to the Flynn’s firing.
“It’s taking care of itself,” Chaffetz said at the time.