On Facebook, Chaffetz argued public service should not be for a full career.
"When I contemplate another 200 nights away from home, it is just too much", Chaffetz told FOX 13 news anchor Bob Evans. Kidd had raised $15,500 in recent months but was left with only $1,600, according to his most recent fundraising reports.
"I want to go back to the private sector", he said.
Jason Chaffetz is not running for reelection in 2018, opening the field in what has been a strongly Republican district in the state.
Or maybe it's something that has nothing to do with any of that!
He's also not so definitive about a political resurgence down the line; Politico reported Chaffetz's political team has begun snapping up URLs associated with potential future runs. Utah Republican candidates are chosen by state delegates, not through a traditional primary vote.
Since Trump took office, Chaffez has faced fractious town halls packed with angry voters who accuse him of providing comparatively lax oversight of the sitting Republican president.
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So why, then, is the Utah Congressman and House Oversight Committee Chairman contemplating an early exit from office? He had faced some criticism for not appearing to want to investigate Trump and his business empire as aggressively as he signaled he would have Democrat Hillary Clinton , whom Trump defeated previous year.
Chaffetz frequently targeted Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
Residents in typically liberal Washington donated money to Damian Kidd, a conservative Republican in Utah who had announced that he would challenge Chaffetz in 2018.
"Congressman Chaffetz has represented Utah in the United States House of Representatives with distinction, and I have appreciated working with him over the last eight years on issues vital to our state", Herbert said in the statement.
New questions are coming up surrounding the surprise announcement from Representative Jason Chaffetz. I trust you to find the best person to serve. Chaffetz has served in his current seat since 2008.
In announcement, Chaffetz preemptively denied some possibilities.
Chaffetz rose to national prominence in his role as the chair of the House oversight committee.
He said that despite "the encouragement of many", he will not be running for Chaffetz's seat as he does not live in the 3rd Congressional District, a Republican stronghold that stretches from Salt Lake County and through Provo to San Juan County.
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