House Oversight panel head Chaffetz to leave Congress after 2018

  • House Oversight panel head Chaffetz to leave Congress after 2018

House Oversight panel head Chaffetz to leave Congress after 2018

"I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early", Wright said Chaffetz texted him. "In the meantime I still have a job to do and I have no plans to take my foot off the gas".

"This is a signal that anyone who's cozying up and enabling Donald Trump and his extreme agenda is feeling incredible pressure, and Rep. Chaffetz didn't like that pressure", he said.

"For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives".

Jason Chaffetz announced, via Facebook, that he will not seek reelection in 2018.

"This is a decision to avoid what could have been an embarrassing defeat that would have hurt his prospects in the future", Karpowitz said. Josh Romney, son of Mitt Romney, has said he is "strongly considering" running, but that would not stop Chaffetz from joining the race.

Chaffetz has gained significant attention in his role overseeing the Oversight Committee.

Chaffetz's staff in Washington, D.C., and in Utah did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Chaffetz has been more visible than most colleagues as chairman since 2015 of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a post considered critical for government transparency and accountability. But Chaffetz has been reluctant do so, despite getting an earful from his constituents during a February town hall meeting.

He has faced pressure from protesters in his home district and federal watchdogs for not pursuing investigations into the Trump administration more forcefully.

A former Chaffetz aide told Reuters the congressman may seek to run for Utah governor in 2020, though no firm decision had been made yet.

Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans disagreed with Allen's optimism and said despite her impressive fundraising: "All this money is a wash out there".

Another top contender could be Republican Rep. Deidre Henderson of Spanish Fork, who was also on the trip.

"I just didn't ever think I would need to make that sort of a decision this soon, so that is surprising", she said.

Hughes and Wright didn't return messages.

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.

In reality, a Democrat in his district, Kathryn Allen, had already raised $400,000 to go up against Chaffetz next November, according to the New York Times, while a primary challenger, Damian W. Kidd, also planned to go up against the congressman.

Buzzfeed first reported the news.

The writing was on the wall for Chaffetz after the special House elections in Kansas and Georgia.

Gaffetz announced Sunday that he will be running to be John Boehner successor as House speaker.