Chaffetz went on to dismiss any speculation that he was stepping down for ulterior motives, saying it was a personal decision to return to the private sector. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018. I preach that you want to get in, serve and get out. "I'm not opening or closing the door on anything", he said, adding that he may potentially seek another bid for office.
New questions are coming up surrounding the surprise announcement from Representative Jason Chaffetz. "Part of the backlash that Chaffetz felt came from a bill he put forth to basically get rid of 3-million acres of land from federal land to Colorado and he got so much public blow-back that he actually had to withdraw that bill". He declined to investigate Trump's massive business interests despite promises to ferociously continue investigating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton following an investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Chaffetz faced more than 1,000 protesters at a town hall in February in his Utah district.
Dr. Kathryn Allen, a Democrat preparing to run for the Utah House seat, has already been attacking Jason Chaffetz and fundraising for her campaign. Others formed a super PAC initially focused on ousting Chaffetz.
Chaffetz said that by announcing his decision at this early point, he hopes "to give prospective candidates time to lay the groundwork for a successful run".
During the raucous 2016 presidential campaign that pitted Clinton against Trump, Chaffetz distanced himself from the Republican candidate following the public airing of a video past year in which Trump made lewd comments about women. He became chairman of the Oversight Committee in 2015.
But the timeline for his retirement has changed over the last few days after first announcing in a Facebook post he wouldn't run for any office in 2018.
"After seeing his district and his state first-hand, I can certainly understand why it is calling him back", Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, said of Chaffetz's decision to not seek re-election in a statement yesterday.
Chaffetz was re-elected four times in one of the most Republican congressional districts in the country. I'm proud to call him a friend. Trump's approval rating was just 47 percent in the most recent poll in the state, a poor showing in a place as conservative as Utah. "The NRCC is very confident in our ability to keep this seat red in November 2018", Stivers said.