Reactions to Jason Chaffetz’s Announcement to Step Down in 2018

Reaction from both the public and private sectors has been swift to Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s (R-Utah) announcement on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, that he will not seek re-election in 2018 to keep his seat in the House of Representatives – or seek any public office at all in 2018.

In a post on his Facebook page, Chaffetz wrote that his decision to not seek re-election was a personal one that he gave long consideration to before arriving at his conclusion. He rejected the idea that he will not seek re-election due to any concerns on his part whether or not he would be successfully re-elected, referring to the support of the House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and confidence that he would win by a “wide margin” if he, Chaffetz were to seek re-election.

Chaffetz referred to his long-held belief that public office should not be a lifetime, explaining that he has advocated many times for elected officials to provide public service for short periods of time with the statement, “Get in, serve, get out.”

The congressman explained that the timing of his announcement not to seek re-election in 2018 so that prospective candidates have time to lay the groundwork for their own election bids.

Reactions to Chaffetz’s Announcement Not to Seek Re-Election in 2018

The reactions for Chaffetz’s announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2018 have varied from those wishing him well in the future to those who will be happy to see him go, to speculation about his true, yet unspoken reasons for returning to public life in nearly two years.

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