Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

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He said he had no ulterior motives, and was not leaving office because of health concerns. On Facebook, Chaffetz argued public service should not be for a full career.

"After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time".

Many of Utah's state lawmakers were on a bus early Wednesday on a two-day legislative visit to rural Utah when the news broke that Chaffetz wasn't going to run for a sixth term in 2018.

He didn't rule out a run for Utah governor in 2020.

"One day at a time".

"I'm trying to leave the door open for possibilities down the road", he said.

The Utah Republican has "authority to investigate these things and compel responses, so hopefully we'll see some action from him", Shaub said.

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He added that he will likely stand as an independent, but has been in talks with Ukip over representing the party. In August 2014 Mr Carswell defected from the Conservatives to Ukip and forced a by-election.

Chaffetz, who was first elected to Congress in 2008, revealed his future plans in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. Congress is now on recess and we have not yet heard back from Chaffetz' spokesperson. However, his positions appear to align perfectly with the Trump administration; in addition to his tax and Planned Parenthood stances, he's a "religious freedom" proponent and a climate change denier who wants to sell off public land, and has, like the President, called vaccine safety into question.

Still, Chaffetz has run into political turbulence. The Salt Lake Tribune is already speculating he might make a gubernatorial bid in 2020. He became chairman of the Oversight Committee in 2015.

Some criticized the Utah Republican.

Chaffetz' announcement shakes up the state's political landscape. Others formed a super PAC initially focused on ousting Chaffetz. Speculation, on Wednesday, ran the gamut from a burgeoning ethics investigation that might have landed Chaffetz in the Congressional doghouse, to a possible run for governor.

Chaffetz's announcement follows months of fundraising efforts by his Democratic challenger, Kathryn Allen, who has raised about $400,000 this year for a total of more than $534,000 in her campaign account. "I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be reelected by large margins". At a town hall in February, Chaffetz was essentially booed for an hour straight, and a new billboard in his hometown of Provo questions the congressman's reluctance to investigate Russia's meddling in USA elections.

As Vox's Jeff Stein reported, "As the chair of the committee tasked with investigating "waste, fraud, and abuse" in the federal government, Chaffetz is perhaps the government official with the most power to check Trump's unprecedented potential to leverage the White House for private gain".

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