Hey Vermonter -RE: "If I was a voter in the Third District, I
would have a problem with him leaving early. Chaffetz was elected with the
assumption that he would be in Congress for his full 2-year term."Ha! You're giving Utah "Conservatives" far too much credit.These people voted for Trump, and then don't mind at all that Trump
is not living up to all the bold (and stupid and undoable) promises he made.These folks are totally Trumped. The Republican elite has successfully
peonized them, so much so that now they actually don’t mind being treated
like garbage.They don't have any problem at all with Chaffetz
disrespecting them. Chaffetz could spit on them, and they would probably beg for
more. Unlike most of us, they LIKE to get Trumped.They are loyal
Trumplings. Don't expect to see them feel dishonored or disrespected when
their betters insult them. Peons don’t have that in them.
I would be interested to know what Donald Trump said to Jason Chaffetz in their
private meeting in the Oval Office a few weeks ago.I think there is
more to this story...MUCH more...
It's a confusing time for Jason. X-Y graphs with no Y axis, graphs where
300,000 is greater than 900,000, a never ending investigation into Benghazi
where he never did provide any answers.Hillary's corruption and
trump's obvious innocence. The left wing delusion that Russia had
connections to the greatest president, even President trump.It's hard
for Jason because things are going so perfectly well for his side of the
I'm sure he's quitting so he can do some secret special-op Hillary
"Chaffetz angered the left because he could find no evidence to investigate
President Trump for any wrong doing! "Uh, wrong!He
angered moderates because he refused to even try to investigate The Donald.Rupert Murdoch's news in London is reporting that the Russians may
have some compromising information on Jason himself! That is something that
also needs to be investigated. It not just the "left" who
are upset about shenanigans in the White House these days. There are plenty of
us sensible people who are neither left nor right who are plenty upset with
what's happening to our country.It's time for a big
change, one that can't come from an extremist on either side.
It's a good lesson for kids Mr. Chaffetz. When the going gets tough -- get
going!You failed to accomplish the position as House Oversight
Committee chair. You were so partisan. When you run for office you put your job
and the integrity of doing that job above all else. The only good reason you
should have for stepping down is your or a family member's health issue or
other major personal or family concern. Afraid of losing
re-election. If you did your job, and did it to the very best of your abilities
you shouldn't care about elections - win or lose. That is if you had
sufficient integrity. But you're scared and want to pursue other political
endeavors and don't want your reputation tarnished for losing. Much better
to tarnish it as a quitter, and a flip-flopper partisan that wouldn't do
the job they needed to do.
Well if you cannot do the job you were sent to do then bowing out early is the
admirable thing to do.Jason, I will support your decision to step
down.We need someone in there we can trust to look into Trump's
dealings so the country can know if there is or is not a conflict of interest.
The sooner we know, the sooner we can figure out if we should or should not
support agenda items from this POTUS.
@Tlingit: The Constitution says a Senate vacancy can be filled by the governor,
but not House vacancies - you need an election for that.
I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until he leaves early and
cites legitimate reasons for doing so. But the fact is he is not currently do
his job by going after Trump for his obvious violations of the emoluments clause
and the connections of his campaign to Russia during the elections. There is
certainly more stink there then there was in anything he pursued in
Hillary's investigations. It is very coincidental that Nunes had to
remove himself from chairing his congressional committee do to his connections
to the Trump campaign and his improper handling and misleading statement around
confidential information and now Chaffetz leaving. Seems while the swamp is
draining it's revealing a lot more nefarious creatures than we realized.
@Jim Schwartz.Huntsman is different than Palin. Huntsman got called
up to the big leagues by Obama. Almost all voters understand this didn't
hold it against Huntsman. Chaffetz appears to just be tired of
Washington, D.C. Now, I don't blame him. But, he signed up for 2 more
years when he ran in 2016. He should keep his commitment to the voters.
Sometimes work is work.
It's worth noting that on April 12, Louise Mensch, a former conservative
member of the British Parliament, and currently employed by Rupert
Murdoch's News Corp. - and someone with sources in the intelligence
community - tweeted out: “Sources say there is kompromat on Jason Chaffetz
that this is why he turned and that FBI know it” "Kompromat" is compromising information, an old KGB trick of luring
powerful people into comprising situations and filming it. (Some say they have
that on Trump himself.) But Chaffetz sure did bail out rather
unexpectedly, didn't he.
HmmmmSpend the next 2 years without another Benghazi investigation
or Democrat to accuse, while trying to avoid the President with the REAL
dirt, foreign influence, and perpetual conflicts of interest, an enemy of
the President for investigating him, or a traitor by your party for doing
it.all while being yelled at by the nation to Do YOUR job!or
quit early, spend more time with family and be building
a war chest to run for a local office were he stands a better chance to win with
less national humiliation...
@Vermonter -Maybe they were chapped in Alaska when Palin left, but
here in Utah, Jon Huntsman, Jr. left his post early, stuck us with Dirty Herbie,
aka "Available Jones," went to be the Chinese Ambassador for Barry
Obama, and nobody batted an eye. How incensed people get about
Chaffetz leaving may depend on how horrible his replacement is, and you can see
there are some horrible prospects lining up to take his place, like his poser
pal Sean Reyes. @JimInSLC -I agree that it smells fishy
that Chaffetz is imposing a term limit on himself. You show me a politician who
is willing to impose term limits on himself, and I'll show you a politician
who hasn't been elected into office yet. (George Washington was no
politician. He was a statesman.)
Chaffetz angered the left because he could find no evidence to investigate
President Trump for any wrong doing! That makes Chaffetz their enemy! If the
investigator can find no evidence of wrong doing, investigate the investigator!
Now the left sees some kind of "conspiracy" behind Chaffetz leaving?
"He's hiding something"! Right!
If he didn't want the job why did he run for re-election?
I am in his district and am disappointed not to have the opportunity to not vote
for him. I'm glad he's leaving, but I think he is cunning and is not
telling the whole story, like him putting himself in position to run for
governor. I don't mind that. I just mind it if he is not being honest about
it, and I don't think he is.
With only a two year appointment for U.S. Representatives, he had to know this
before deciding to run the last time. I understand and appreciate his not
wanting to serve any more due to family reasons and wanting to do something
different. However, he leaves early and he becomes a quitter, in addition to
going against his conservative values and fiscal responsibilities due to the
wasted expense of a special election for someone who will serve a very short
time before the next election. Something doesn't seem right about this.
You have to wonder about people who rush to assume the worst about others. If Chaffetz were to step down early, his vacancy would be filled by
gubernatorial appointment. In other words, the Democrats' money machine
would have to dislodge a Republican incumbent, which would be slightly harder
and more expensive for them than prevailing in a race where all candidates are
newbies. In short, the reason Chaffetz could be considering an early
departure is to help out his party, not hiding from some skeleton in his closet.
Since no one actually knows, why not choose to believe something
positive about people?
Pretty unusual move. One might think that there is something more to this than
Mr Chaffetz wanting to spend more time with his family.Pure
speculation, but I am guessing something bad is brewing for Mr Chaffetz. JMHO. Obviously, time will tell.
If I was a voter in the Third District, I would have a problem with him leaving
early. Chaffetz was elected with the assumption that he would be in Congress
for his full 2-year term. In the absence of extenuating circumstances, this is
essentially breaking your commitment to your constituents. In
Alaska, Sarah Palin left the Governor's Mansion early, and was rightly
excoriated for it.
Chaffetz may well be under great pressure from the emerging Trump - Russiagate
situation. There are some reports the Russians have dirt on him that they have
threatened to use on him (how true this is I have no idea). But it would
explain his refusal to examine any of the Russiagate matter. I
don't like to see anyone in big trouble, but I think Chaffetz has big
Since I'm from Idaho, he's not my dog in the fight. (But generally
he's fought for the type of government I would like to have... SMALL.)If he finishes his term, he's done a good job of explaining why.If he doesn't... yeah, there's something that we're not
How typical of the Left... "Someone must have some dirt on Chaffetz and
that's why he is leaving"... Please, If you're a Utah resident
this guy will be your Governor in 3 short years.I'm proud of
this guys performance and I will actively campaign for him when he makes his run
for the Governorship... In the meantime I will enjoy watching him on Fox News.
I thought it commendable that he would impose term limits on himself. But now
something smells fishy.
Chaffetz spent years and millions of taxpayer dollars trying to dig up dirt on
Hillary. Now that Trump's in office, and there's tons of conflict of
interest, Russian dirt and possibly treasonous dirt, he can't or won't
do his job and wants to quit? There's a piece of this puzzle that is
missing. We need an independent investigation.
He'd make a great Fox News anchor to replace Bill O'Rielly.
If he steps down it will only be because the R's have agreed on who they
want to be in that seat in the future. No agreement, he stays till the end.
"I have no plans to take my foot off the gas" - a curious choice of
words as he went from reckless driving to leaving the car stalled at an
intersection pretty much overnight once Trump was elected.
Avoiding information that requires drastic oversight over the Donald, the
Congressman uses the parachute.
"'My future plans are not yet finalized, but I haven't ruled out
the possibility of leaving early. In the meantime, I still have a job to do, and
I have no plans to take my foot off the gas,' Chaffetz said in a
statement."Oh my! A typical statement from a
"Conservative" politician, almost completely bereft of truth.Well, that statement is easy to interpret into facts, isn't it?What Chaffetz is ACTUALLY saying is that he is far to cowardly to do his
job.As the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, it is his job
to POUNCE on the most corrupt Presidential administration in the history of the
United States.But Chaffetz will NOT do that, because he is too timid
to take on the corrupt billionaire and his rich and powerful Republican
friends.There are individuals who seize the day and make history,
and then there are perpetual victims who let themselves get pushed around.
Chaffetz, the timid soul that he is, belongs to the latter category,
doesn't he?This is what Chaffetz is actually saying:"I'm quitting because I'm scared."
oh to know what someone has on him
Has Chaffetz done something that threatens his political aspirations and wishes
to distance himself at this point? Perhaps, but not likely.More
likely is that Chaffetz wishes to distance himself from DC so that he can run
for Governor.Or perhaps he truly does wish to take a break,
reconnect with his family, before jumping back in. This is all speculation
because Chaffetz hasn't said much beyond leaving his position to spend more
time with family.