House Oversight chair Jason Chaffetz just announced he isn't running for re-election

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Before Congress and the White House both turned red, Chaffetz was a feisty GOP attack dog; he targeted Hillary Clinton's handling of the bombing at the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who thanked Chaffetz for his service in Congress after his announcement, is considering a run for governor, but he said Wednesday that decision is too far in the future to address now.

"I learned a long time ago, I'm going to keep my eyes wide open", Chaffetz told CBS This Morning. I preach that you want to get in, serve and get out.

"I started poking around to see what I might be worth and what sort of possibilities are there", Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz was first elected to represent Utah's Third Congressional District in 2008 and served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

After announcing Thursday that he may not finish his term, Chaffetz told Politico that he is considering private sector jobs, including boards of directors and television contracts.

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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. Utah Republican candidates are chosen by state delegates, not through a traditional primary vote. "I'm not opening or closing the door on anything", he said, adding that he may potentially seek another bid for office.

BuzzFeed reported that Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, arguably the most powerful backer of the Sheldon Adelson-funded campaign to ban internet casinos nationwide, will step down at the end of this Congress. The longer you spend in Washington, the worse off you are; for every year there, it becomes that much tougher to get away from the DC stench in the minds (and noses) of Republican voters.

Chaffetz frequently targeted Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

"He finds himself in this no-win situation in DC", longtime Salt Lake Tribune political reporter Robert Gehrke told me in an email Wednesday.

Last month, Chaffetz put his foot in his mouth when he suggested on television that Americans must choose between "getting that new iPhone that they love" and paying for their health care. 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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