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    Jason Chaffetz Quits - Won't Seek Re-Election or a Senate Seat

    "Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in the United States House of Representatives.
    Serving is an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted.

    After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018."

    From grass roots to GOP establishment to gone in eight years

    https://www.facebook.com/JasonChaffe...58423022140234





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    another one bites the dust... a hero who's clearly tired of all the corruption, and he's getting out.
    No pwr to prosecute... only 'refer' to a corrupt DoJ / DC swamp. Sick of it. Can't blame him.
    Gowdy also has talked of stepping down months ago...
    (sigh)
    Last edited by goldenequity; 04-19-2017 at 04:55 PM.



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    I wouldn't assume he's gone. He may well get a lobbying gig.

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    https://theconservativetreehouse.com...eave-congress/

    comments worth reading... pro-Trumpers kick him to the curb.
    Last edited by goldenequity; 04-19-2017 at 05:04 PM.

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    Utah governor 2020. Virtual certainty.
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    Evidently the men's bathroom was wired for video.

    Or possibly a child related thing.

    These are the only two plausible explanations.

    I always thought that he was faggy.
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    9/11 Thermate experiments

    Winston Churchhill on why the U.S. should have stayed OUT of World War I

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    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No need to make it a superhighway.
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    The only way I see Trump as likely to affect any real change would be through martial law, and that has zero chances of success without strong buy-in by the JCS at the very minimum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com...eave-congress/

    comments worth reading... pro-Trumpers kick him to the curb.
    So let's see. Jason Chavez angers the Tea Party by not challenging Orin Hatch, the teocons are mad, Donald Trump keeps Orin Hatch around for even longer...and that's a good thing because...that's anti Jason Chavez. Are the teocons drunk on stupidity?
    9/11 Thermate experiments

    Winston Churchhill on why the U.S. should have stayed OUT of World War I

    "I am so %^&*^ sick of this cult of Ron Paul. The Paulites. What is with these %^&*^ people? Why are there so many of them?" YouTube rant by "TheAmazingAtheist"

    "We as a country have lost faith and confidence in freedom." -- Ron Paul

    "It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute." -- Ron Paul
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No need to make it a superhighway.
    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    The only way I see Trump as likely to affect any real change would be through martial law, and that has zero chances of success without strong buy-in by the JCS at the very minimum.

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    Mitt will probably run for Senate and McMullin is considering running for Chaffetz's seat.
    I dont think that there will be any curtailing of Donald Trump as president, he said. "He controls the media, he controls the sentiment [and] he controls everybody. Hes the one who will resort to executive orders more so than [President] Obama ever used them." - Ron Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Original_Intent View Post
    Utah governor 2020. Virtual certainty.
    This.
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    Makes sense. He can distance himself from the Trump disaster, make $$$ as a lobbyist (more since he can convince people he's going to be in government again in 2020), and can then be governor again (rinse and repeat).

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    The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

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    He will get a nice federal government retirement. Smart man.
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    Let me elaborate. He won re-election with something like 76%. He's made it clear he is confident he would win again, and he is right.
    So now everyone gets the goosebumps about what a "statesman" he is and not like typical politicians.
    When he runs for governor of Utah in 2020, he would pretty much need to be getting his team organized and laying the groundwork by 2018 anyway.
    2020-2032-ish governor and set up for presidential aspirations. Nice. All this whining about "1500 days sleeping on a cot away from his family" is just playing to the crowd what a self sacrificing public servant he is. The fact that he is voluntarily relinquishing power is playing VERY well here.
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    Default Utah's Chaffetz says he may not finish term in Congress

    http://www.kfvs12.com/story/35195485...rm-in-congress

    April 20th 2017

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz's decision not to seek another term in Congress and possibly resign sets the GOP congressman up for a 2020 run for governor without a damaging re-election campaign or pressure to doggedly investigate his party's president.

    Instead, the 50-year-old congressman who breezed through four re-election campaigns can lay the groundwork for the governor's race, opening the door for a number of ambitious Utah Republicans to try to replace him in Congress.

    A day after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election next year, Chaffetz said Thursday that he may not even finish the two-year term that started four months ago. Chaffetz said in a text message: "My future plans are not yet finalized but I haven't ruled out the possibility of leaving early. In the meantime I still have a job to do and I have no plans to take my foot off the gas."

    Chaffetz has faced mounting criticism in recent months for declining to investigate President Donald Trump and likely would have faced a bruising primary and general election battle in 2018.

    He said in his announcement Wednesday that he had "no ulterior motives," is healthy and wasn't worried about his re-election chances. Instead, Chaffetz said he wants to spend time with his family, return to the private sector and potentially run for Utah governor.

    Chris Karpowitz, co-director at Brigham Young University's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, said Chaffetz's decision to bow out is somewhat surprising but eases the path for a governor's race.

    "This is a decision to avoid what could have been an embarrassing defeat that would have hurt his prospects in the future," Karpowitz said.

    If Chaffetz runs for governor, he won't necessarily be the front-runner, Karpowitz said.

    He could face stiff challenges from potential GOP candidates that include the state's popular lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, and Josh Romney, a Salt Lake City-based real estate developer and son of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Chaffetz's announcement came on the heels of surprisingly strong showings by Democrats in races in Georgia and Kansas and fundraising reports that showed he was being outraised by a Democratic challenger, though it's unlikely the GOP will lose the seat.

    "It's the most conservative part of one of the most conservative states in the country," Utah State University political scientist Damon Cann said.

    As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz has been walking a fine line between party loyalty and a district that's heavily conservative but lukewarm on President Donald Trump, Cann said.

    Chaffetz led high-profile and persistent investigations into Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but took a tepid approach to Trump's alleged conflicts of interest and ties to Russia. In February, he was drowned out by boos at a town hall meeting, where constituents shouted, "Do your job!" A month later, he touched off anger by suggesting people should spend their money on health insurance instead of iPhones.

    Dr. Kathryn Allen, a Democrat and first-time candidate, harnessed the anger over Chaffetz's iPhone comments and raised more than half a million dollars.

    Allen said Chaffetz's decision doesn't change her platform, but she hopes it gives Democrats a better shot in the heavily Republican 3rd congressional district, which stretches from suburban Salt Lake City to desert towns in southeastern Utah.

    Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans disagreed with Allen's optimism and said despite her impressive fundraising: "All this money is a wash out there."

    Evans predicted several Republicans will line up to replace Chaffetz, including Provo Mayor John Curtis, former state GOP chair Thomas Wright, Utah's House Speaker Greg Hughes and state Sen. Deidre Henderson, a former Chaffetz campaign manager.

    Henderson said she and her family are strongly considering a campaign. Curtis said Wednesday that he hasn't made any decisions but Chaffetz's announcement has "given me pause for thought about my future."

    Hughes and Wright didn't return messages.

    Another potential challenger is Trump-critic Evan McMullin, a Mormon and former CIA agent who mounted an independent run for president last year. McMullin didn't respond to messages seeking comment but has said he's considering a run for U.S. Senate or House in 2018 in Utah.

    Attorney Damian Kidd, a Republican who had already stepped in to challenge Chaffetz, said he hopes Chaffetz's exit will free up fundraising money. Kidd had raised $15,500 in recent months but was left with only $1,600, according to his most recent fundraising reports.

    Since he was first elected to Congress in 2008, Chaffetz has become known as a media-savvy congressman who has made frequent appearances on cable news shows and earned publicity for sleeping on a cot in his office instead of living elsewhere in Washington.

    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that Chaffetz has served the state well. If Chaffetz leaves his term early, there would be a special election to fill the seat, he said.

    Chaffetz is at least the seventh House Republican to resign this year or announce plans to retire, including four who left to join Trump's Cabinet. Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota is running for governor, and Reps. Sam Johnson of Texas and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas are retiring.
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