Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz revealed on Thursday that he is considering leaving Congress midway through his current term. Just a day earlier, Chaffetz announced that he would not seek reelection.
The Utah politician appeared on radio host Doug Wright’s program on KSL out of Salt Lake City, according to a Thursday article from The Hill. Chaffetz told Wright that he hadn’t made a final decision about his political future.
“I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early,” the Republican said.
Congressman Chaffetz is currently the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The Hill‘s write-up emphasized that if he departed, it “would also set in motion a race to succeed Chaffetz on the powerful committee. Aides to Oversight Committee members declined to say Wednesday if they were interested in running for the chairmanship.”
The publication also highlighted that the Utah Republican “didn’t rule out another bid for public office in the future, such as a run for Utah governor in 2020.” However, as a Thursday report from the AP pointed out, Chaffetz would “face a stiff challenge from potential GOP candidates that include the state’s popular lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, and Josh Romney, a Salt Lake City-based real estate developer and son of Mitt Romney.”
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