"But it doesn't change the bigger picture - another congressional representative from somewhere else in America will assume the committee chair and have the same ability to interfere with locally passed laws by locally elected representatives".
Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, commended Chaffetz's service and said he was confident Republicans could keep the 3rd District red.
As the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz expected to lead investigation after investigation into presumed 2016 presidential victor Hillary Clinton. A few constituents even went so far as to purchase a billboard in Utah County, demanding Chaffetz investigate Trump's alleged conflicts of interest with Russian Federation.
A Democratic Party spokeswoman said Wednesday that Republican Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz's decision not to seek re-election "raises questions" about whether Russian Federation has dirt on him.
After House Speaker John Boehner abruptly resigned in the fall of 2015, Chaffetz mounted a bid for speaker of the House against Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but his effort failed to gain major traction. Up until February, Chaffetz was still investigating Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Chaffetz is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the Trump administration.More news: Ex Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offers facts on government
"I'm not going to be here forever", Chaffetz said of Washington.
I have no ulterior motives.
While the natural temptation and easy click bait for some websites are to blame the Russian Federation scandal for his decision, the political reality is that Chaffetz is likely leaving because he thinks Republicans have a good chance of losing the House in 2018, and he doesn't want to serve in the House minority.
American Fork resident Damian Kidd, a Republican, and 29-year-old Democrat Ben Frank say they're in the 3rd District race.
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Representative Chaffetz said he chose to announce his intention not to run for re-election now to allow fellow Republicans the time necessary to develop the essential groundwork and campaign apparatus necessary to win the race. The Utah lawmaker earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University and played football at the school. A 2016 poll revealed that Chaffetz was the overwhelming favorite to run.