Jason Chaffetz announces he won't run for office in 2018

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Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced that he will not run for re-election in 2018 and will not seek any public office next year.

"I learned a long time ago, I'm going to keep my eyes wide open", Chaffetz told CBS This Morning.

Chaffetz did not, however, say that he would not be seeking public office ever again.

He did not mention those possibilities in announcing his decision to leave the political arena, just five months after his re-election to Congress for a fourth term. "I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee".

But Chaffetz has balked at the slightest suggestion his committee should investigate President Trump, despite the obvious opportunities to do so.

The 50-year-old powerful figure on Capitol Hill, said he was returning to the private sector after more than 13 years as an elected official.

The announcement was made on Chaffetz's personal Facebook page, where he thanked Utahns for the chance to serve and called it "an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted".

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Chaffetz has been one of the most visible Republican members of the House of Representatives in recent years, winning election in 2008, despite Democrats being successful across the board. This was hammered at home for Chaffetz in February at a town hall meeting where he was booed and told "do your job" after saying his committee would not investigate Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

He's been the subject of a campaign to draft him to run for the 3rd Congressional District.

"Chairman Chaffetz' behavior has always been beneath the dignity of the office he holds and he should step down as Chairman of the Oversight Committee immediately", said Tyler Law, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman. "I'm happy he'll be able to spend more time with his family, which I feel is really important".

From his Oversight perch, Chaffetz has also vowed to aggressively step up congressional oversight of the District of Columbia.

Chaffetz's remarks on a possible early departure from office were first reported by KSL Radio in Salt Lake City. Democrats clearly have the momentum firmly on their side.

Jason Chaffetz wants to be governor. Wednesday, he made it clear he will not be running for any office in 2018, but that doesn't mean we've seen the end of his political career. We wish him the best in his future pursuits.

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