BOMBSHELL: Rep. Jason Chaffetz Says He's Not Running for Re-Election

Henderson said she and her family are strongly considering a campaign, and Curtis said Wednesday that he hasn't made any decisions but Chaffetz's announcement "has certainly given me pause for thought about my future". According to The Blaze, the Republican said he did not believe one should spend their entire career in politics, and after 1,500 nights away from his family over his time in office, it was time to step away.

"I want to go back to the private sector", he said.

Before D.C. residents rejoice too much, though, remember that our lack of statehood means we're still at the whim of whoever replaces Chaffetz.

Chaffetz represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District.

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Or maybe it's something that has nothing to do with any of that!

The Utah congressman said that "by announcing now", he hopes to give other potential candidates a chance to build up the groundwork needed to run a successful campaign. His experience in Congress obviously opens up numerous job possibilities, though they may be slightly limited if he intends to return to his home state of Utah. And like many Republican members of Congress, Chaffetz faced a fiery crowd in a town hall in February. The Democrat had already raked in about $500,000 as of last month. Trump won the Beehive State in 2016 but voters in the largely Mormon state were less than thrilled with his brand of conservatism.

Jason Chaffetz said on Wednesday that he's not running for re-election in 2018.

There has been speculation that McMullin planned to challenge Chaffetz for his seat in 2018.

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Chaffetz's decision launched multiple reactions inside and outside the Beehive State. I trust you to find the best person to serve.

In March, Chaffetz again caught flack when he made a comment in regard to President Trump's proposed American Health Care Act, saying provisions in the bill could lead Americans to put aside money for their health care instead of "getting that new iPhone".

In a statement, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he was stunned about Chaffetz' decision.

With news that popular independent Evan McMullin is now considering running for Chaffetz's seat, those involved in the GOP establishment should be concerned that Chaffetz is trying to leave sooner rather than later. While someone like Jason Chaffetz has no worries about losing his own seat, the idea of being in the powerless House minority has to hold zero appeal to him.

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The governor said Chaffetz's announcement "caught everyone by surprise".

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