Jason Chaffetz will not seek reelection in 2018
In what I can only explain as a surprising turn of events House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz has announced he will not seek reelection in 2018. Here is more:
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Wednesday he will not run for reelection next year, ending a fast-rising political career, at least for now.
“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” he wrote on Facebook. “I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.”
He is saying that he does not believe politics should be a career and that is why he is stepping away…for now:
“I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career,” he wrote. “After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018.”
Asked whether he would run for governor in 2020 in an interview with Utah’s KSL Newsradio, Chaffetz said, “Maybe,” adding, “I’m not trying to close the door or open the door to anything in the future… a couple years from now you can make that decision.”
If this is the real reason why he is stepping away then I applaud him for holding true to his convictions and for putting his family above power but still part of me wonders if there is more to this story than we are being told at this time. The one thing I believe I can state with certainty is this: the left will claim this is a referendum on Donald Trump.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium