Jason Chaffetz may not finish final term in Congress

Thomas said his department in the office of Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox was basing the informal information-gathering on Chaffetz's statements to local media that he might leave office early.

In the meantime, Chaffetz also tells us he has a job to do in congress, and he has no plans of slowing down.

The 50-year-old said in his announcement Wednesday that he has "no ulterior motives", is healthy and wasn't anxious about his chances.

The Utah Republican announced Wednesday he wouldn't run for re-election or for any other political office in 2018 and would instead rejoin the private sector.

"This is a decision to avoid what could have been an embarrassing defeat that would have hurt his prospects in the future", Karpowitz said.

"The time off between 2018 and the next campaign may be a time to cleanse the public's palate of a lot of the backwash that has tainted the current attitudes toward politicians, especially those of any prominence", according to Red State.

As for who could take Hatch's place in the Senate, 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney has reportedly become interested in the race.

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The Utah State Legislature did not pass a bill that would have addressed the intricacies of a special election.

The reasons go beyond the recent questions about his role as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is tasked with keeping a check on fraud and waste in the White House and the federal government.

He appeared less eager, at times, to conduct oversight of the Trump administration, resisting calls from Democrats to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the president's financial dealings. He was met by frequent, deafening boos at a February town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating Trump's tax returns to Planned Parenthood.

As for potential opponents, well, Utah Democrats are already planning a dance party to send Chaffetz off, so there's that.

Both were secured by the Chaffetz campaign organization in April 6. Curtis said Wednesday that he hasn't made any decisions but Chaffetz's announcement has "given me pause for thought about my future".

Hughes and Wright didn't return messages. After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time.

Despite this, following Chaffetz's announcement, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Steve Stivers, released a statement saying he believed Republicans could hold onto Chaffetz's seat. He has expressed interest in running for Utah governor in 2020. Herbert said it would likely mimic a typical election process.

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