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What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:04 pm
by hawkwing
Any thoughts on why he'd chose to leave in the middle of his term?

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:46 pm
by Ddawg
Because Washington DC does not have a Bam Bam's BBQ, and Chaffetz can't take it anymore.

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:02 pm
by hawkwing
That does make sense.

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:13 pm
by snoscythe
Chaffetz doesn't want to be in Congress when people expect productive things out of him.

It's easy to be an opposition-party representative, especially when you chair the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. All you do is vote "no", propose one-sentence feel-good bills that have zero chance of passage, and call for investigations of every little ninny thing the president does that you don't like. In short, you get to be a negative nellie and throw tantrums and hint and conspiracies and your base loves you.

Once Trump won, Chaffetz's role in DC suddenly (and very unexpectedly) shifted. Now he's expected to help put forward reasoned legislation that will actually become law, help advance the president's and party's agendas, and use his chairmanship to stifle and slow down the democrats from trying to do to Trump what Chaffetz did for Obama.

I think Chaffetz is extremely self-interested and has no interest whatsover in constructive governance. Once Hillary lost, his gravy-train to free media and self-promotion dried up. No one in the media cares about Hillary's emails, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, or any of that any more, so he's lost the lust for those inquiries, and he has no interest in taking hits for the team under Trump because there's no glory in stone-walling investigations into Trump's bumblings.

Chaffetz never thought Trump would win. If Hillary won, he'd be all Orrin Hatch on us -- telling us how important his seniority and position is and if people wanted term limits they'd vote him out. Instead, Trump ruined his party, so he's trying to leave with his "reputation" intact as a springboard into something else to bide the time until he makes a run at either the governor's seat or Hatch's seat in 2018.

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:35 am
by BoiseBYU
Maybe he wants to pull a Sarah Palin and see if he can make big bucks?

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:40 am
by hawkwing
I've heard there's some dirt that got out on him too, but I don't know if there's any truth to that. I can understand the idea he wants to run for a higher office so is taking a year to go make a million bucks at Fox News, but it's not like you run for office with your own money anyway, you get rich idiots to finance your campaign. So I don't know.

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 11:50 am
by BroncoBot
All seems just a bit fishy. I'm really surprised he's been doing interviews with.... TMZ?

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 12:20 pm
by Ddawg
Sno, I think your assessment is very astute. It rings true. I think the fact that he's pulling the plug on Washington 2 years before the elections here in Utah show how serious he is about running for higher office. 1 year to line up donors, endorsements, get his team in order, and develop a solid platform based on 1 years worth of polling. It will be interesting to see if Chaffetz opts for the UT governors office or chases Hatch's senate seat. If he is a lazy guy, I bet he opts for the senate. It requires less work, and you are locked in for a 6 year term ....... perfect.

It's priceless. Our government officials toiling for the good of the people. :whistle:

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 12:32 pm
by hawkwing
I can honestly say I won't vote for a quitter and Chaffetz is nothing but a pathetic quitter. I'd vote for a democrat before him, so I hope this whole thing blows up in his face.

Re: What's the real reason Jason Chaffetz is quitting early?

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 10:24 am
by SpiffCoug
I've heard his wife is done with the part-time father and husband who is in DC half of the time.