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June 30th. Fin

by Prince Of Petworth May 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm 28 Comments

Chaffetz Letter to Utah’s 3rd Congressional District:

“Dear 3rd District Constituents:

Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly nine years has been a rare honor and privilege. When I first ran for Congress in 2008 I promised I would get in, serve, and get out. I told voters I did not believe Congress should be a lifetime career. I knew from day one that my service there would not last forever.

As you know, after careful consideration and long discussion with my wife, Julie, we agree the time has come for us to move on from this part of our life. This week I sent a letter to Governor Herbert indicating my intention to resign from Congress effective June 30, 2017.

My life has undergone some big changes over the last 18 months. Those changes have been good. But as I celebrated my 50th birthday in March, the reality of spending more than 1,500 nights away from my family over eight years hit me harder than it had before.

Julie and I have been married for over 26 years. We have three wonderful children. Two of our children got married over the past 18 months – each having found an amazing spouse. I couldn’t be more proud of them. Our oldest son recently graduated from the University of Utah and his wife from BYU. In August, they will move out of state for law school. Our daughter, who attended UVU, married a great young man who found a terrific job two time zones away. Our youngest daughter remains at home attending high school, but soon she, too, will spread her wings and set off on her life’s path. Julie and I are facing the reality of being empty nesters. All of us, it appears, are ready to begin a new chapter.

I’ve slept on a cot in my office largely to save money for the Chaffetz family, but also to remind myself that my service there was temporary. Though the time away and the travel have been a sacrifice, our family has always been united that public service was the right thing to do. We feel my time in congress has been well spent, but it now seems the right time to turn the page.

I have very much enjoyed serving, but never for a moment have I thought that I was indispensable. I know others can and should serve. The House is known as the “People’s House” because it is made up of a cross section of ordinary Americans who represent almost every walk of life – as it should be. While remaining true to my principles I have made the effort to “reach across the aisle.” I count many Democratic members as my friends. I hope whoever replaces me will do even better.

I would be remiss not to mention the great men and women who have served in my office, both in Washington and here in the District. They have worked hard to serve our constituents and have made me look good too many times to mention. I will miss our association. Their commitment and dedication remind me every day of why this nation will remain the strongest and most free in history.

I recognize that very few people get the opportunity you’ve given me; I will be forever grateful for the trust and confidence voters placed in me to serve five terms in the U.S. Congress. I have no doubt you will select a great new representative for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Thank you for allowing me to serve.

Best wishes,
Jason Chaffetz”

  • FridayGirl

    Can I be the first to say HALLELUJAH?!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      I was going to say “good f*$king riddance,” but that works too!
      .
      It seems the rats are starting to jump off the ship….this may be just the beginning….

      • madmonk28

        Works for Ailes, too.

  • Anon

    Immediately after a Special Prosecutor is appointed…hmm…

  • WashingtonBullets

    Sounds like his career is on the fritz

    • anoNE

      Seems to be heavy speculation it’s to recharge and StY away from any more drama prior to a 2020 run for governor, no?

    • BRP

      he’s apparently been telling colleagues he’s going to work for Fox

  • CHGal

    I’m obviously very happy to see him go, but it’s complete BS to resign during a 2 year term. Unless something really happens – and not “I decided to spend more time with my family” – you should have to pay the cost of the special election or just tough it out for 18 months.

  • PettyShabazz

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

  • Wendy Testaburger

    He slept on a cot in his office to save money. Does that mean he didn’t have an apartment or hotel to stay in while he was here? Do a lot of Congressmen do that?

    • Elle

      Oh, I always thought that it was so DC wouldn’t “corrupt” him. Maybe both? I can imagine both explanations appealing to the same voter demographic.

    • Gee

      Several of them (all repubs, I believe) sleep in their offices at taxpayers’ expense. Nothing like the highly paid living in public housing

    • Jimbo

      Optics.

    • Future Senator of the Douglas Commonwealth

      I just looked this up. It sounded strange to me at first. But apparently a lot of the house members do it. Several news outlets claim around 50 house members (and maybe 1 senator) live in their offices. And after listening to them, it makes sense. They “work” long hours. There is a gym in the building (although other that Paul Ryan, who’s using it?). The commute is zero. They save money. Apparently its mostly repubs, but a few dems too, and mostly men but a few women.

      For some people its optics. They want to seem like they aren’t comfortable in DC. They are not settling here.

      I would prefer to buy a small house or a condo, but I can see how the optics of that could play poorly. But if I don’t get reelected I can just sell it or rent it out.

      If EH Norton tried to live in her office do you think she would lose her claim to District Residency?

  • Petworthington

    Anybody want to have retirement party – Let’s get a bar spot and toast to his leaving us the hell alone!

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Excellent idea. I vote for Busboys and Poets. You could get a real rousing crowd.

  • Kevin

    This is wonderful; I thought the shithead would be around until November 2018. It suggests a new cleansing product, “Twerp-B-Gone….”

  • Reality

    Byyye! And don’t get ass marks on the door when it hits you on the way out.

  • d

    Yeah, I read he was angling for a gig with Fox News. They’ve lost a douchebag or two recently, so I can see why they might be interested in hiring him.

  • Uptowner

    “While remaining true to my principles I have made the effort to “reach across the aisle.””

    More like reach way outside his jurisdiction and mess with DC for no apparent reason. And apparently his principles include a strong central government that overrules select local laws, seemingly at random. What a schmuck. Good riddance.

  • chasscott

    Good riddance, you smoldering sack of shit.
    May karma bring you everything you so richly deserve.
    My June 30 image of you turd, swirling as you are flushed down the hole into the depths of the sewer where you belong with the rats.

  • ET

    I am not going to be pretend to have a sad about this.

    • lizcolleena

      That’s how I feel about Ailes. The damage he’s caused to our society, not to mention the pain he inflicted on so many personally, just make it impossible for me to care.

      • Frank

        I do care. I’m glad Ailes died. I hope it was painful and he was covered in feces.

  • wdc

    Coward. Kicked the hornet’s nest and then ran away when it looked like he might get stung.

  • K

    He slept on a cot in his office to save money for his family, but he sees nothing wrong with resigning early from his office which will cost the tax payers of Utah $$ in order to fund a special election. What a f*ing hypocrite.

  • CathedralHeightsMetro

    I love how the guy who loves to interfere in DC’s governance.. is so anti-DC that he’d rather sleep on a cot than, gasp, give the impression that he’d ever put down any roots here by renting a damn apartment/room like a normal person.

    Bye.

  • MadMax

    It’s not like the other options that Utah will send our way are going to be much better.

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