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Jason Chaffitz, Partisan Tool, Not Seeking Reelection in 2018


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#1 LFC

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:17 PM

I wonder who bought him?

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the powerful head of the House Oversight Committee, will not seek reelection in 2018.

A report from BuzzFeed on Wednesday morning claimed that Chaffetz will step down at the end of his term in Congress next year. Shortly after BuzzFeed’s report posted, Chaffetz himself confirmed the news on his own Facebook page and said that his decision was an entirely personal one to spend more time closer to his home in Utah.

George W. Bush's former ethics attorney applauds the move.

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Richard Painter, President George W. Bush’s former ethics attorney, celebrated the announcement that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) would not be seeking reelection in 2018.

“Good decision Rep. Chaffetz. If you can’t do a job right, quit and do something else,” Painter said on Twitter Wednesday.

Then he took it a bit further to criticize president Donald Trump along with Chaffetz: “And you, Mr. President?”

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:54 PM

I wonder who didn't buy him...
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:58 PM


He's only 50. Maybe he's taking time off to get ready to run as Trump's replacement.
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:07 PM

Someone is speculating that he wants to ready himself to run for governor in 2020 so he'd better stay out of Trumpian entanglement.

ETA running for gov in 2020

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:09 PM

As a plus he'll get away from being eviscerated at the town hall meetings.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:01 AM

View PostPractical Girl, on 19 April 2017 - 04:54 PM, said:

I wonder who didn't buy him...

I wonder who's decided not to keep up the instalments?
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:10 PM

Now there is a rumor he will vacate the office early. No reason, I'm sure. Nothing to see here.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:40 PM

https://www.palmerre...stigation/2375/

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According to a former Jason Chaffetz staffer, Chaffetz is also the subject of an ongoing investigation for campaign finance fraud. A friend of Chaffetz at FBI told him the investigation could not be kept quiet for much longer, that Intel committee would soon find info on him...Some of his current staffers may be implicated. Per the former Chaffetz staffer, this is one of the reasons they resigned. The former staffer also says Chaffetz’s staff is in panic mode.

My own best guess at this point is that the “campaign finance fraud” described above is actually illegal donations from Russia, and that Russia has since been using this secret to blackmail Chaffetz into making sure his House Oversight Committee didn’t seriously investigate the Trump-Russia scandal.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:59 PM

Interesting. I wonder how much veracity can be attributed to this source though. Would love to be proven wrong.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:51 PM

Yeah, I'm not buying the Russia thing until there is proof. Seems a lot like wishful thinking. The campaign finance thing seems plausible. He seems like a pretty craven and power hungry fellow. I don't think he just walked away.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:56 PM

We don't even smell much smoke yet. Let alone see a fire.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:30 PM

Ya that site didn't have sourcing - pure scuttlebutt as far as I can tell. I would say that the resignation announcement is some smoke though.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:00 PM

View PostBeelzebuddy, on 21 April 2017 - 02:30 PM, said:

Ya that site didn't have sourcing - pure scuttlebutt as far as I can tell. I would say that the resignation announcement is some smoke though.

Not running for reelection isn't smoke. Announcing that just 4 months into your term is a bit wispy. Outa' here before the first year of the term is up? That's pretty smoky.
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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:31 AM

Yup, it is smokey indeed from a motivation standpoint. Which would explain why Assad wouldn't gas his people. Jes sayin.

To me smoke is a definite linkage, like that of all the tRumpistas during the election. I am pretty sure we will see it here eventually, but that source was hearsay. So far.
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:21 AM

Here is a wonderful fluff piece on him. Puked before I got three paras in. I apologize for bringing this fare to our table.
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:26 AM

View PostBeelzebuddy, on 21 April 2017 - 02:30 PM, said:

Ya that site didn't have sourcing - pure scuttlebutt as far as I can tell. I would say that the resignation announcement is some smoke though.

There was a Rep from the Buffalo NY area who resigned about "10 minutes" after some story surfaced that was not on level with a "family values" kind of bio. Looked like something really "minor" but it was simply amazing the guy quit almost immediately after the ONE disclosure. This was just after Weiner's BS. At work we were commenting there HAD to be a lot more to this story.

ETA: Just dug it up:

Rep. Christopher Lee resigned from office Wednesday just hours after a report claimed the married Republican congressman sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

http://www.foxnews.c...craigslist.html
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