Governor To Call Special Election If Rep. Chaffetz Doesn't Finish Term

"His razor-sharp mind, expansive knowledge and gift for communicating will serve him well when he transitions into the private sector", Herbert said. If Chaffetz leaves his term early, there would be a special election to fill the seat, he said.

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.

In his role as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz has been walking a tight line between party loyalty and support for the president and a district that's heavily conservative but lukewarm on President Donald Trump, Cann said.

But the timeline for his retirement has changed over the last few days after first announcing in a Facebook post he wouldn't run for any office in 2018.

Chaffetz left open the possibility that he would run for office again, potentially in the 2020 Governor's race.

Chaffetz added that he has "no ulterior motives" in making his decision to leave Congress.

Make no mistake, Chaffetz must resign from his Chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Chaffetz was also criticized for continuing his review of over 600,000 of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as Secretary of State despite recommendations against further investigation from FBI Director James Comey. "I'd be thrilled to have a television relationship", he said. Chaffetz said the decision was made so he could spend more time his family and return to the private sector after 15 years in politics.

In a message posted to his Facebook page, the Utah Republican thanked his constituents for electing him to office, calling it an "honour and a privilege that I have never taken for granted".

But as Trump appeared to weather that storm and was competitive with Clinton in the homestretch to the November 8 election, Chaffetz moderated his criticism of the NY real estate developer.

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz says he may not finish his term in office. Utah Republican candidates are chosen by state delegates, not through a traditional primary vote.

Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin spoke with advisers to evaluate his options in regards to a senate run in Utah, with shot at victory suddenly seeming more likely than before. However, he has been confronted with an unexpected challenge from Democratic newcomer Kathryn Allen.

As chairman, Chaffetz raised his political profile investigating waste, fraud and abuse under the Obama administration, taking a specific interest in IT and workforce issues.

  • Larry Hoffman