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WSJ: “Utah Prepares Special Election as Rep. Chaffetz Says He May Step Down Early”

by Prince Of Petworth April 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm 14 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

Maybe his days of screwing us will be over even sooner than we thought! Thanks to a reader for passing on the Wall Street Journal article:

“Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the top Republican on the House committee primarily responsible for conducting oversight and investigations of the Trump administration, said Thursday he may leave Congress before his term ends, a day after announcing he would not run for re-election in 2018.”

  • Truxton Thomas

    I think the speculation is he is cowardly seeking to avoid controversial votes that could mar whatever office he will be seeking next (such as governor or senator), but I really hope it’s because he’s about to be nailed with something.

  • Bettin

    My money is on being caught in an affair with an aide or someone else, so he has to go home and “fix” it.

    As there is no known or public reason such as family health or issue like that (as those can be dealt with and time is usually given), it is a rash and quick decision due to something stupid on his part.

  • ET

    Who steps down just after getting re-elected if they don’t have to? Just to avoid controversial vote? He is in Utah one of the reddest states as long as he votes GOP and keeps his head down he should be OK. There is a story here. Hopefully the Utah press is interested in finding it out.

  • Idontgetit

    Local girlfriend? Boyfriend?

    • MsSunshine

      Isn’t the adage: Found in bed with a dead girl or a young boy?

      • Truxton Thomas

        I thought it was “live boy,” but yeah.

        • MsSunshine

          The Twitterati are saying it’s Russia related — as in some big blackmail scheme. So boys or girls may still be in the picture. Or golden showers.

          • IDontGetIt

            Wait, that was HIM????

          • anonymouse_dianne

            That’s what I’ve heard as well.

      • ET

        It was live boy and dead girl. And you have to think Edwin Edwards to thank for THAT love line.

  • L

    I want to know who knows what and what they know. Gimme the dirt!

    • ET

      Snopes is on on the case! (already) As of now the kompromat is unproven. Who knows what will be said tomorrow.

  • chasscott

    Check out these two links on Chaffetz’s former selves as a formerly liberal, formerly Jewish, Dukakis-family-linied Democrat! His Wiki bio makes this all even more interesting!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Chaffetz

    http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/05/446008850/5-things-you-should-know-about-jason-chaffetz

  • Julia Vipsania

    What is with the Twitter post about his wife? Who does that? This is nothing if not phenomenally weird.

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