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Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:29 PM

Chaffetz considering early departure from Congress

Source: KSL, via The Hill

Chaffetz considering early departure from Congress

By Cristina Marcos - 04/20/17 11:49 AM EDT

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who stunned Washington with an announcement that he is not running for reelection, might not even finish his remaining term.

Chaffetz told KSL News Radios Doug Wright that he may not finish out his full term through 2018. But he said hes still debating the decision amid uncertainty over how Utah would establish a process to replace him early.

"I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early," Chaffetz told the Utah radio host on Thursday.

A Chaffetz spokeswoman didn't immediately return a request for comment.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/329716-chaffetz-considering-early-departure-from-congress



I can't get this article at the KSL website. Here's a link to an earlier article: Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he won't seek re-election but his plans remain unclear
http://www.ksl.com/?nid757&sid43923640

Hat tip, JoeMyGod: REPORT: Chaffetz May Not Finish Current Term
http://www.joemygod.com/2017/04/20/report-chaffetz-may-not-finish-current-term/

ETA:

Belated hat tip: This DUer posted before I did: Jason Chaffetz might not finish term?
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10028954350

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Reply Chaffetz considering early departure from Congress (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 20 OP
JustAnotherGen Apr 20 #1
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 20 #4
left-of-center2012 Apr 20 #12
Justice Apr 20 #18
JustAnotherGen Apr 20 #24
StevieM Apr 20 #43
JustAnotherGen Apr 20 #48
Dammit Jim Apr 20 #44
Wellstone ruled Apr 20 #33
Still In Wisconsin Apr 20 #2
WhiteTara Apr 20 #9
calimary Apr 20 #21
WhiteTara Apr 20 #26
madaboutharry Apr 20 #3
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 20 #8
cstanleytech Apr 20 #10
gopiscrap Apr 20 #20
50 Shades Of Blue Apr 20 #5
MurrayDelph Apr 20 #36
50 Shades Of Blue Apr 20 #46
hibbing Apr 20 #6
Blue Idaho Apr 20 #7
ancianita Apr 20 #11
Me. Apr 20 #13
not fooled Apr 20 #14
stonecutter357 Apr 20 #15
bucolic_frolic Apr 20 #16
Justice Apr 20 #17
meow2u3 Apr 20 #34
TheCowsCameHome Apr 20 #19
NastyRiffraff Apr 20 #22
Mendocino Apr 20 #23
NewRedDawn Apr 20 #25
B Stieg Apr 20 #27
lapucelle Apr 20 #28
gordianot Apr 20 #29
KPN Apr 20 #30
lapucelle Apr 20 #31
Dopers_Greed Apr 20 #32
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 20 #35
Sienna86 Apr 20 #37
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 20 #38
dalton99a Apr 20 #45
JustAnotherGen Apr 20 #49
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 20 #39
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 20 #40
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 20 #41
grantcart Apr 20 #50
not fooled Apr 20 #51
jack69 Apr 20 #42
riversedge Apr 20 #47
Calista241 Apr 20 #52
Tiggeroshii Apr 20 #53

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:32 PM

1. He's done something

Bad. That's the only explanation I can come up with.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:34 PM

4. Caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy?

Don't hate; I didn't come up with that.

ETA: okay, here's the reference:

Before election day, Edwards joked with reporters: "The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy". Edwards zinged Treen many times, once describing Treen as "so slow it takes him an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes."

Edwin Edwards - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Edwards

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:41 PM

12. I thought of that old expression too. LOL

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:53 PM

18. We use this expression also; realized yesterday need an asterisk (or third option) for Bill O'Reilly

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:18 PM

24. Not at all

The 'gossip' side of the internet has him at multiple cheating partners on his wife.

Now I'm hearing Evan McMullin and Josh Romney are possibly on board for the next Senate race. So he (J.C.) can talk a good talk - but this guy is toast in his home state.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #24)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:13 PM

43. I heard that he wants to run for governor. Whether he does depends on whether the rumors about

him are true.

Either way, he will go down in history as a notorious criminal. He worked with Comey to rig the 2016 election.

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Response to StevieM (Reply #43)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:35 PM

48. What's odd

His old boss - who he had a bitter split with when he went for Romney back in the day . . .

Has been tapped for Ambassadorship to Russia.

This would be the third such appointment for Huntsman.

I can't read the 'tea leaves' on this one - but something be up!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:13 PM

44. Or another beaver

 

Which would be a dam shame.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:47 PM

33. In Utah Politics there is a

constant. With the GOP in Utah,what is standard procedure is,when one of their Seated Members decides to give up a Seat,the Utah GOP will pick a replacement in a District Convention. This is how they have for forty years been able to control the political agenda within Utah.

But,it appears little Jason has his ass trapped in the Russia Gate that is about to go boom.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:32 PM

2. Guess who has got (Trump/Russia) shit on him? n/t

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Response to Still In Wisconsin (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:37 PM

9. Yes. I think that was a Louise Mensch tweet

a few days ago that something big was coming down on Chaffetz.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:05 PM

21. Saw that. And that speculation popped up elsewhere, too.

With this bunch, it's not implausible at all.

When I first heard he wasn't going to run for reelection, I couldn't help but think that, since Hillary isn't president, and all those big plans he had already drawn up for multiple new investigations and nonstop persecutions of her, maybe his heart just wasn't in it anymore. (Assuming, of course, that he even HAS a heart.) Maybe he felt the thrill was gone. Maybe he figured since he'd lost his favorite target-of-choice, it just wasn't gonna be any fun anymore. Besides, he'd just had that unexpectedly rough town hall meeting back home, with all those angry constituents who were giving him hell because he didn't share THEIR priorities about investigating trump on anything. Nobody giving him any attaboys for bearing down on her so hard, as I'm certain he was undoubtedly expecting.

I can't help but suspect that his balloon got so abruptly and shockingly deflated that he decided to say "fuck it." Couldn't keep on trying to screw her so he said "screw IT."

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Response to calimary (Reply #21)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:22 PM

26. You're thinking of him as a sentient being

when in truth he is a republicon and therefore has no human reasons...I'm sure it is that his con has run out and he hopes to hide from the fallout.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:33 PM

3. Makes one think "Something is going on here..."

Chaffetz seems to have more problems than just sleeping on a cot in his office.

Being charitable, maybe someone is ill in his family and he doesn't want to say.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:36 PM

8. If it were simple, he'd have explained. It's sudden, as he has no plans yet. . . . nt

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:38 PM

10. I doubt that it's because someone is ill, more likely he is eyeing a new job.

With whom? I have no idea but I have plenty of suspicions for what and why.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:00 PM

20. He's going to become the spokesman for the Kremln

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:34 PM

5. Don't let the door hit ya!

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:56 PM

36. I never believed in that expression

I think the door should hit him on the way out.

Considering where his head is, it might break his nose, though.

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Response to MurrayDelph (Reply #36)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:22 PM

46. LOL, now that you mention it...

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:36 PM

6. Well that's very odd n/t

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:36 PM

7. The noose is tightening...

These rats are going to get caught up in the Russian quid pro quo - sooner rather than later.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:41 PM

11. If his conscience hurts him for taking $95,000 from Big Med last year, that's good enough for me.

He's doing the right thing, no matter what the reason.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:43 PM

13. Looks Like Louise Mensch May've Been Right

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:45 PM

14. Whatever the (possibly sordid) reason Chaffedass is departing

One group that will rejoice are hapless Federal civil service workers who knew that this asshat was the point man for wrecking the civil service.

Will be interesting to see who the dumpsters insert next. Of course lil' Jared also has his "commission" or whateverthehell to "improve" (= wreck/profitize) the Federal government (I'm too uncaring to look it up).

A strong Civil Service is one of the bulwarks against a corrupt oligarchy.



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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:45 PM

15. K&R!

?1490055477

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:49 PM

16. GOP had reached peak power as an opposition party

with no one to hate there is no reason for them to stay in office

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:52 PM

17. @jasonoutofthehouse? Or is @Jasoninthedoghouse?


The way he makes his statements is remarkable - no optimism, no affect. Very lifeless.

I would bet on dog house.

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Response to Justice (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:49 PM

34. @jasoninthedoghouse - ROFL!

@jasoninthedoghouse would make a great parody account!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:55 PM

19. Another "more time with the family" (R)?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:10 PM

22. It IS odd

A guy like Chaffetz doesn't normally just up and quit. Something's going on. An innocent explanation would be family or health problems. But then why not just say so? A not-so-innocent explanation: something criminal.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:10 PM

23. Maybe a Ukranian gangster showed up

at his front door "Nize house you got, shame someting hoppen to it"

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:20 PM

25. Kompromat by the Russkies

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:24 PM

27. The CW in DC

says that everything Chaffitz is doing (such as trying to turn himself into an outsider by leaving DC) is in preparation for a run at the governorship in 2020.

But that's not to say he isn't on the Kremlin's payroll.
Just "follow the dachas!"

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:32 PM

28. I'll miss his million dollar smile...

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:33 PM

29. Has all of the indications he was visited and warned.

This is what happens when your enemies are bigger than you go away and be quiet.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:37 PM

30. Hmmm ... Russia connections?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:40 PM

31. Hey Jasoninthehouse, remember this?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the GOP chairman of the Oversight committee who spent years investigating Hillary Clinton's private email scandal, posted a photo of himself on Instagram shaking her hand as she passed by him at President Trump's inauguration Friday.

Chaffetz, who was ready to launch new investigations into Clinton's private email servers and other ethical conflicts had won the White House, signaled he has no plans to back off now that she's a private citizen.

"So pleased she is not the president," he said in the post. "I thanked her for her service and wished her luck. The investigation continues."

So pleased Jason will no longer be in Congress. The investigation continues.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:41 PM

32. Is he moving to Russia?

Putin must have moved up his start date.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:52 PM

35. From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Chaffetz acknowledges he may leave office before end of term

By MATT CANHAM | The Salt Lake Tribune connect

Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 11:39AM

Rep. Jason Chaffetz surprised many in Utah by saying he won't seek re-election in 2018. Now, he's going a step further, suggesting he won't serve out his term. ... "I might depart early," he told The Salt Lake Tribune early Thursday. "It very well might happen."

That would require the governor's office to call a special election, though how that would work is murky at this time.

A group of Republicans emerged as possible replacements for Chaffetz in the highly Republican 3rd Congressional District, including state Sen. Deidre Henderson, House Speaker Greg Hughes, state Rep. Dan McCay, former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, Provo Mayor John Curtis and lawyer Damian Kidd. On the Democratic side, Kathryn Allen, a first-time candidate, has raised $500,000 in a viral campaign.

The Tribune will update this story throughout the day.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:57 PM

37. Must see: Andrea Chalupa's twitter string on this

Mind-blowing thoughts.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 01:57 PM

38. Louise Mensch six days ago tweeted Chaffetz is compromised for laundering Russian money

Apparently he also had an affair. It seems he may have been blackmailed into laundering and that general huge kompromat.




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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #38)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:19 PM

45. Makes sense.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #38)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:36 PM

49. I'm on the affair thing right now

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:00 PM

39. Chaffetz has registered websites for 2028 Presidential run and 2020 Utah Governor run


Maybe he thinks his kompromat, his affair, his laundering, and his quitting term early will all blow over in time. He should not count on any of that being forgotten. Plus it is all likely to get worse before it gets better.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #39)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:07 PM

40. How long ago? Wouldn't that have been done almost as a matter of course by his backers? NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #40)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:10 PM

41. A bit more than a week ago, yes by backers. Note too that websites are cheap, $15/yr or less

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #39)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 06:28 PM

51. Well, hey, look at

e.g. John "Keating Five" McCain, still doddering around the senate and selling out America for $$$ all these years later, after what should have been a career-ending scandal.

A boy can dream.



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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:12 PM

42. Something in the wind

Hope in the very near future will it be disclosed. Doesn't sound good.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:23 PM

47. Tomorrow?? or another


rumor. Last one was spot on (that he would not seek re-election).

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 08:42 PM

52. I bet his wife is banging the pool boy.

Maybe the mailman.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 09:42 PM

53. I'm sensing this may become a trend.

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