I have the full support of Speaker (Paul) Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
"I'm not going to be here forever".
Chaffetz was first elected in 2008 and represented his state's heavily-Republican third congressional district. But Chaffetz told the Deseret News a year ago that he was "convinced" he did not want to seek a Senate seat, instead indicating that he might want to run for governor of the Beehive State in 2020.
The media-friendly Republican, who assumed leadership of the powerful Oversight Committee in 2015, led investigations into Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Chaffetz's statement insisted he was confident he would be re-elected by large margins were he to run again, and that a Republican would succeed him.
After wrapping up his Presidential campaign in December, McMullin told a Reddit AMA that he has not made a decision about his political future, and sources say that hasn't changed-though McMullin's operation found out only this morning that Chaffetz would be leaving office. At a February 9 town hall meeting in Cottonwood Heights, Chaffetz was booed by many of his constituents frustrated with his management of the House Oversight Committee.
"I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career", he said in a statement posted on Facebook. Many of you have heard me advocate, "Get in, serve, and get out". When John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) resigned previous year as House speaker, Chaffetz announced a run for speaker.
The most likely answer, theorize Republican strategists watching this play out, is that Chaffetz is just bored with his job. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Allen's contributions spiked after Chaffetz appeared on national television and suggested low-income Americans would be able to afford health insurance if they chose to forgo new iPhones, a comment he later tried to walk back. Chaffetz called Kellyanne Conway's actions "wrong, wrong, wrong" and joined Cummings in asking the Office of Government Ethics to review the matter.
"I think that situation has taken care of itself", he said. The Utah governor race wouldn't be until 2020. In a Facebook announcement on Wednesday, he crowed that had he made a decision to run again, he'd handily beat any challenger. He was mum about whether he would pursue a run for governor.
"Jason Chaffetz has been a valuable member of the Republican team, and we wish him the best as he begins this new chapter in his life", he said. Sam Johnson of Texas and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas are retiring.