Election 2018

Jason Chaffetz is Not Running for Re-election

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Oversight Committee chairman and chief chicken fucker Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced this morning that he will not seek re-election in 2018.

"Since late 2003 I have been fully engaged with politics as a campaign manager, a chief of staff, a candidate and as a Member of Congress. I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career. Many of you have heard me advocate, 'Get in, serve, and get out.' After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018," he said.

Chaffetz was re-elected by a margin of 47 percent and not many politicians would abandon such a sure thing, so you can speculate why he would chose to head for the exit now.

I'd just like to point out that Chaffetz will leave behind an apparatus in shambles that may no longer even be capable of conducting credible oversight. Chaffetz followed the example of former Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa by using the committee as a partisan tool for opposition research.

If Democrats retake control of Congress, they could form a functioning committee but the committee's credibility in the eyes of the general public may never recover. It's been a running joke for most of a decade from the time of Solyndra and Fast and Furious.

If Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives, the ranking Democrat on the committee who could become the next chairman is Rep. Elijah Cummings.

  • Badgerite
  • Badgerite

    He’s done what he sold himself to do. He will now hop onto the life time gravy train that awaits the influence peddler. Count on it.

  • swift_4

    Do you think it will be weeks, days, or hours before we find out he’s taking a real lucrative job with an industry he’s sided with?

  • Scopedog

    I’d just like to point out that Chaffetz will leave behind an apparatus in shambles that may no longer even be capable of conducting credible oversight.

    I’d say that was the GOP’s plan–come in, fuck everything up and make things so terrible that even if Democrats came in and fixed things, people’s faith in the institution would have already eroded.

  • Aynwrong

    I’ve mentioned this before. The one thing I always keep in mind about Chaffetz was how he publicly announced after the release of the Access Hollywood tape that he could not in good conscience support Trump because he has to think of his 15 year old daughter. He was supporting Trump again within the week. I guess the kid got over it.

    A profile in courage he is not.

    It would be fantastic to see the committee run by Cummings. True it would have no credibility with R’s but no Democrat ever would. At least a serious person would be handling serious matters.

  • mnpollio

    Does anyone want to bet that Chaffetz becomes a Fox News talking head?

    • Georgie

      Sounds about right, and ick.

  • muselet

    “I may run again for public office, but not in 2018.”

    Assuming Jason Chaffetz isn’t just out-and-out lying, that means he’s not going to try for Orrin Hatch’s seat, assuming Hatch doesn’t run again (he’s gone back and forth on it). Maybe Mike Lee’s seat in 2022, but that’s a long time for someone like Chaffetz to be out of the limelight.

    Gary Herbert won’t be up for reelection until 2020, and although Chaffetz strikes me as the sort of politician who would consider a governorship a degrading step down, that’s the only obvious move he can make after 2018.

    One way or another, we’re not rid of the grandstanding little weasel.

    –alopecia

  • ninjaf

    Why is it always left up to the Democrats to be the adults and clean up after the Republican children?

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Someone has to be the adult.. :/

      • ninjaf

        Sure would be nice if both parties were adults. It would make the years when Democrats are out of power less traumatic. And the years when they are in power more forward moving.

  • Jebus Christ. Issa then Chaffetz. What a clusterfudge.

    Cummings, however, would be awesome. Unfortunately, you’re right, though. Anything he would do would be seen as partisan, especially since he’d have so much Trumpcrap to investigate.