Rss@dailykos.com (kerry Eleveld) · Thursday, April 20, 2017, 1:33 pm
Classic: A member of Congress decides, for no particular reason, to forego reelection in the upcoming cycle. Then lots of rumors fly about his future planning—maybe running for governor in 2020, or perhaps even a 2028 bid. Wow, what a long-range thinker.
Or not. Now Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz might be stepping down early, reports the AP:
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he may not finish his final term in Congress.
Chaffetz told KSL Newsradio by text Thursday that he's weighing his options and "might depart early." He says the state of Utah needs to figure out how that would work.
Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election next year for a sixth term in Congress. He was elected last year to a two-year term that started only four months ago.
Chaffetz wasn't immediately available for comment.
Hmm. But why? That's always the question. Jason Chaffetz isn't just any GOP member. Ambition seeped from his pores when he first arrived on the Hill in 2009. In 2015, he won the coveted chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee. Despite a tough town hall appearance recently, he holds pretty solidly red seat. And he was seemingly on the rise, with plenty of places to go.
But you don't outright quit for no reason. The lure of more money? Perhaps.