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Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will not run for re-election in 2018, he announced in a Facebook post Wednesday.

"For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives", he explained in the statement.

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. Chaffetz is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the Trump administration.

Henderson said she and her family are strongly considering a campaign, and Curtis said Wednesday that he hasn't made any decisions but Chaffetz's announcement "has certainly given me pause for thought about my future".

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Chaffetz's district, a large swath of Utah southeast of Salt Lake City including Provo, voted 78 percent for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Chaffetz has refused to initiate probes into potential financial conflicts of interest in the Trump White House, as well as into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's cozy ties to Russian Federation.

Republican Damian Kidd has already declared that he will run for Jason Chaffetz's seat in the House of Representatives, having announced this run before Chaffetz said he will not seek re-election. According to The Blaze, the Republican said he did not believe one should spend their entire career in politics, and after 1,500 nights away from his family over his time in office, it was time to step away.

Chaffetz had previously served as chief of staff to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018".

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But Chaffetz has balked at the slightest suggestion his committee should investigate President Trump, despite the obvious opportunities to do so.

In 2015, he launched a bid for House speaker after Rep. John Boehner resigned from Congress. Paul Ryan was eventually elected to the post after a tumultuous process.

Observers were quick to point out Chaffetz has before expressed an interest in being Utah's governor and could seek the role in 2020.

Of course, voters won't have the opportunity to see how the political battle would play out because Chaffetz is stepping aside in 2018. Allen took issue with Chaffetz's comments about the need for low-income Americans to make purchasing healthcare more of a priority than buying the latest iPhone. He had faced some criticism for not appearing to want to investigate Trump and his business empire as aggressively as he signaled he would have Democrat Hillary Clinton , whom Trump defeated previous year. "It is over the top", Chaffetz said to reporters at the time.

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