Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) stunned supporters and had Democrats literally dancing in celebration last night, when he announced that he won’t run for Congress again in 2018.
This morning, Chaffetz just told a Utah radio station that he might resign from his seat in Congress early as the Wall Street Journal reports that state officials are preparing for a special election to fill his seat.
“My future plans are not yet finalized but I haven’t ruled out the possibility of leaving early,” he said. “In the meantime, I still have a job to do and I have no plans to take my foot off the gas.“
Meanwhile, Utah officials have begun preparing for a special election to replace him, said Lieutenant Gov. Spencer Cox. James Evans, chairman of the Utah Republican Party, said, “It’s my impression that Congressman Chaffetz still has a few legislative measures that he wants to shepherd through but we are preparing in case he steps down before his term ends.”
The conservative Washington Times also reports that Utah officials expect Chaffetz to resign fairly soon, quoting an anonymous Republican insider as saying there’s a “lot of discussions going on.”
The Utah Republican gained notoriety for leading the Republican Party’s Congressional crusades against Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi “scandal,” and was still investigating Clinton as recently as a few weeks ago when he complained that Donald Trump’s administration wasn’t giving him the new material he needed to waste more time and tax money beating a dead horse.
He also made headlines for saying that poor people shouldn’t buy iPhones so they can pay for their healthcare, just days after he and Republicans tried to pull the rug out from 24 million Americans covered by Obamacare.
Rumors are swirling as the public speculates on exactly why the Republican politician so ambitious he registered websites for his 2028 presidential bid in a few weeks ago is suddenly needing to his time pitching “more time with the family” excuses .
He sent out this tweet and Facebook post (see left) with a profile of Mrs. Chaffetz just a few minutes ago – as Twitter went abuzz at the prospect of an exposed extra-marital affair.
— happy holidave (@happyholidave) April 20, 2017
Regardless of Chaffetz’s ultimate reasons for departing Congress, his numerous detractors are already beginning to celebrate his impending departure, even if we don’t know how fast it’s going to happen.
Via KSL Radio:
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition