House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced that he will not seek political office in 2018, while citing good health and the enduring and unequivocal support of House Speaker Paul Ryan. Wednesday’s announcement has led to speculation that Chaffetz will instead run for governor of Utah in 2020, reports Elise Viebeck.
“For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives,” Chaffetz (R-Utah) wrote on his Facebook page.
Chaffetz was first elected to the House in 2008. As oversight chairman, Chaffetz led numerous investigations, primarily of Hillary Clinton, during the Obama administration but has been widely criticized for his unwillingness to aggressively investigate the Trump administration and Trump’s conflicts of interest.
At a town hall meeting earlier in the year, he faced several angry demonstrations in his district since Trump’s election, but Chaffetz dismissed them as “very, very small minority” that is “not representative of the average person, certainly not in Utah.”