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The calculus behind Jason Chaffetz's sudden decision to walk away

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  • InformedAmerican Murray, UT
    April 23, 2017 10:58 p.m.

    UtahBlueDevil in NC wrote: "Must be a new verse because I surely don't recall too many raising this issue for the last 8 years. When do you get to invoke this clause? It must be selectively applicable to only certain elected officials from certain parties. I don't disagree with the sentiment... but boy... what a difference 3 months makes. All of a sudden we need to pray for our leaders..... before that... not so much."

    I respond: The Holy Bible does not change and has always instructed Believers to pray for those in authority--1 Timothy 2: 1-2: "I exhort therefore that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." I choose to do as The Word says for whomever is in authority--all officials from all political parties and not selectively or all of a sudden. I pray for them as I am instructed to do--the rest is God's business. I don't necessarily like them, but that is not a requirement, lol.

  • Dave in Oz Australia, 00
    April 23, 2017 2:16 a.m.

    Democratic challenger with no political experience named Kathryn Allen.

    It's a small thing but an annoying thing when articles use 'called' instead of named.

    Thank you for doing it right.

    I was curious as to why a seemingly highflyer would quit and your article has more than answer.

  • IceCreamGhost Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2017 1:48 a.m.

    People have every right to be angry.

    Congress is nothing more than a mouthpiece for corporations and the wealthy.
    Selling our browser history? Giving tax cuts to the 1% while denying healthcare to the working poor? Allowing factories to pollute the air and water? Allowing pharmaceutical companies to hold monopolies on life saving medicines? Selling off national land to extraction corporations?

    Tell me - how does this benefit regular Americans?

    It doesn't. And people are starting to feel it and are angry. That's why Chaffetz is being hounded so much. He is supposed to work for us and he doesn't.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 22, 2017 5:58 p.m.

    "The rabid Trump haters in this state act like spoiled children not getting their way. THE HOLY BIBLE calls CHRISTIANS to pray for those in authority, by the way. "

    Must be a new verse because I surely don't recall too many raising this issue for the last 8 years. When do you get to invoke this clause? It must be selectively applicable to only certain elected officials from certain parties. I don't disagree with the sentiment... but boy... what a difference 3 months makes. All of a sudden we need to pray for our leaders..... before that... not so much.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    April 22, 2017 3:42 p.m.

    Whence came the modern GOP?

    Fast forward through the Viet Nam War, the Freedom Marches, the Death of King, the rise of Black Power, and the elimination of Jim Crow in the South. The Republicans' Southern Strategy of turning the Solid (Segregated) Southern Democrats into Republicans has successfully infused the GOP with a big dose of reaction to the liberation of minorities, equality of educational opportunity, an influx of immigration, and ... gasp! Gay Rights.

    Now the alt-Right nativist GOP, the religious right, and the working GOP poor, have flocked to the banner of the least qualified president in US History. Chaffetz worked hard to set the stage, persecuting Clinton, a Fox News regular. A Mormon Congressman, apologizing for the most immoral candidate ever elected.

    Instead of "Doing His Job", he quit.

    I would respect him if he actually investigated the Russian connection, the millions that Trump supposedly owes Putin's oligarchs, the corrupt campaign. But he won't "Do His Job".

    Romney nailed Trump perfectly. An immoral charlatan, bilking the government out of money even now. How blind are Utah Republicans? 2018 interims will be brutal. The GOP is doomed. They deserve it.

  • Todd_i Midway, UT
    April 22, 2017 10:08 a.m.

    I was at a County Republican meeting a few days after this event and my wife and I were given seats with four other people at Chaffetzs' table. (I'm not a Republican, but, accepted tickets from a friend). Chaffetzs was friendly and nice to talk with. During the welcome the county chair asked everyone to be nice to the assembling protesters outside when leaving; at that point Chaffetzs excused himself and left the building through the front door. Turns out he spent about 10 minutes talking to the protesters before coming back in for his breakfast and keynote address. I thought that was pretty classy.

  • InformedAmerican Murray, UT
    April 22, 2017 3:32 a.m.

    The rabid Trump haters in this state act like spoiled children not getting their way. THE HOLY BIBLE calls CHRISTIANS to pray for those in authority, by the way. The hypocrisy is stunning...displays of disgusting, rude, hateful behavior in town meetings...one is hard-pressed to differentiate them from the self-serving politicians the majority of people in this state are supposed to be against. Committee after committee has investigated the lies & actions of Hillary Clinton NUMEROUS times--has she been prosecuted? Is she in jail? NO. Trump Haters are pushing for investigations of ANYTHING against him--mostly based on decades-old stupid things he has said. People can & DO change by the GRACE of God. I wonder how many of these protesters have said/done things in their past just as stupid or crass as President Trump has? Why aren't you pulling that LOG out of your own eye rather than focusing on the mote in another's? Why aren't people in this state voicing their outrage over Orrin Hatch--original campaign: TERM LIMITS! Now, 35+ years later, he is STILL not willing to let go! Why aren't any critical, concerned citizens writing Deseret News articles & protesting THAT?

  • Drano USA, 00
    April 21, 2017 11:20 p.m.

    For any of you who think that either Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Susan Rice were cleared of any wrongdoing in Benghazi, study what the 3 Navy Seals who were on the ground that night trying to save lives. There version is quite different than what the previous administration would have you believe. Furthermore, why was the Benghazi Committee not allowed to speak with the individuals who were on the ground that night without a DOJ Attorney in the room? Can you say CYA by the previous administration to fit the narrative of "GM is alive and Al Queda is on the run." 4 dead Americans and no one is held accountable. Oh I know, because we had 8 years of propaganda by the previous administration. My point is both sides deal in the art of "obfuscation and deception." Bush with the Iraq war being paramount to our national interest was a "bait and switch as well." I agree, Chaffetz should've (had he stayed on, investigated Trump). But, I think he wouldn't have been allowed to by the Republican leadership.

    We as citizens should demand honesty, full transparency from all of our politicians whether Democrat or Republican. What we have been given for 25 years + is anything but. Sad

  • Sophie 62 Spring City, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:53 p.m.

    Interesting that whenever a rowdy demonstration occurs, whether it's the women's worldwide march or a town hall, they just can't believe that it's real.
    They tell everybody, including themselves, that these objectors are paid to be there, that they're from out of town, that they're rude and disruptive, and just a bunch of troublemakers. Not like our nice polite Tea Party Republicans.
    They don't believe that people really have reason to be so upset or even that they really are upset.
    Well, people really are upset and they really have reason to be.
    If those ever-so-nice Republicans have their hearts' desire, within a few years, 26 million people will no long have health insurance. Social Security will be unfunded (see Trump's most recent proposal about deleting the employment tax) and Medicare will be no more. This affects their Republican constituents as well. There are certainly as many Republicans who have paid into Social Security all their working lives as Democrats.
    Does Chaffetz really believe that those people don't care that the money they earned and the Medicare they paid into will be taken away if he and his cronies get their way?
    And that is the tip of the iceberg

  • Jerome from Layton Layton, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:39 p.m.

    Interesting story but possibly slanted. I'm taking his word first. Do the social math: Until this year, his wife had three children and their friends under the roof while Jason was working in Washington. In a few months, all the kids are going somewhere. Time for Dad to come home; it's that simple and the right thing to do. Was he worried about the demonstrators? If you are a BYU Quarter Back, "opposition" in its rawest form is everyday life. Compared to that, the snowflakes at the Town Hall meetings were chump change. By the way, in the thousands of words in the piece, the word "Indivisible" was conspicuous by its total absence. Indivisible.org is related to Organizing For Action or OFA, part of President Obama's shadow government.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:29 p.m.

    That's the million dollar question--why didn't he go after President Trump like he did President Obama? Giving him the benefit of the doubt, he looked in the mirror and realized instead of being the idealist he so wanted to be that he had merely became a partisan hack and before he would become an outright fraud, he decided he would step down and run for reelection.

    I do hate to see death threats and garbage like that. People need to calm down and take a deep breath.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:22 p.m.

    These "protesters" are assuming someone "better" than Chaffetz will take his place.
    But all too often that isn't the case. So if a "worse" one replaces him, they get what they deserve.

  • roseparkT Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:50 p.m.

    I am a big fan of Jason.

    Got to shake his hand last year at Swiss days.

    Hope that he runs for office again - I will vote, donate and support him!

    Proud of who Utah sends to Washington D.C. and was proud of Jason.

  • parryj Provo, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:49 p.m.

    As slanted as this article is towards Rep. Chaffetz, it still says very clearly what many of us have long known: Mr. Chaffetz is a careerist politician who found his specialty in the attack-dog school of what passes for governing in today's GOP. I can see how Fox News would be very happy to get him, an expert, as it were, in contemporary Republican political theory.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    April 21, 2017 7:06 p.m.

    I only had few hours, so didn't make it through all the categories and sub-categories of reasons offered for why Chaffetz was not going to run for relection in 2018....

    ...oh I see...scratch that...

    ...reasons why he was not going to remain Chairman of the Committee on Hillary Email....

    .....hmm. Really? Okay fine....

    ...reasons Chaffetz would not complete his full term....

    ...ohyougotta bekiddingme...

    ...reasons why he might quit Congress...any day. Any day? Wow.

    Anyway...

    What I was going to ask is whether among all the reasons and rationales contained in this special Jason Chaffetz collectors edition of DN they mentioned that he wanted to spend more time with his attorneys?

  • fight4liberty Herriman, UT
    April 21, 2017 5:18 p.m.

    Chaffets townhall was taken over by a movement. A civilized society? Thats going to be a day that may not happen again in our life time.

    So many people are duped and do not realize that they are being amped up by organized groups, that the last thing they want is for Americas Constitution to survive. Then there are those that are proud to be an obstructionist, and in the end they want America to just look like another Venezuela! The globalist are not lying down and going away.

    So for the Bernie (member of the DSA,CPUSA) lovers, take a long look at Venezuela, that is what you are promoting! The dictators and their minions live high, but the regular people of the country do not! Keep following like sheep, but at least have the guts to admit what Bernies ideology is really what it is.

    The movement is "ugly" and growing and people who support it should be so proud.

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    April 21, 2017 4:56 p.m.

    Great article. One thing is clear--Chaffetz isn't about doing the job for which he was elected--he is all about promoting himself and his career.

  • JustGordon Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 4:52 p.m.

    This version of the continuing Chaffetz saga perpetuates false information.

    There were zero "outside agitators" at the Brighton High School townhall. The accusation by Chaffetz has never been substantiated. It has been repeated often enough that it has become gospel to those on the right.

    Chaffetz's surprise that "something flipped after the election" should be surprising at all. Chaffetz voted for the very man who "normalized" intolerance, a distrust of those who weren't white or did not speak English...all while ignoring his sanctimonious rejection of Trump's locker room talk. Chaffetz has never been asked how he explained his reversal to his daughter. Perhaps he no longer looks her in the eye.

    Chaffetz's embarrassingly inept and partisan pursuit of Ms. Clinton was in stark and telling contrast to his total unwillingness to examine any element of the tangled tale of associations this President and administration has had with the Russians.

    Chaffetz left Washington most likely because he recognized that Trump's ship of state is sinking, a Republican Titanic, and he was not willing to go down with the ship.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    April 21, 2017 4:11 p.m.

    @ Gary O

    The whole Russians working with the Trump campaign conspiracy theory blew up with those Syrian fighter jets. It's no longer plausible. Putin would release the goods on Trump now, if he had them.

    It now goes into the bin of crazy conspiracies with the fake moon landing and alien abductions.

  • misanthrope sl, UT
    April 21, 2017 3:43 p.m.

    I had to stop when I read that dough wright is the most respected radio host in the market. That's fake news right there.

  • wasatchcascade ,
    April 21, 2017 3:39 p.m.

    The two writers, either of them tag a psychologist or two to weigh in on the Chaffetz matter and his "fight or flight" drama that plays out on this long missive.? And the subliminal slipstream is also strong - "Oh we feel so sorry for Jason....and all of his near recent abuse." The brand, that white/male/republican's should not be jousted with, but that "action" should be left to Black Presidents and female candidates who are so "evil and dark". The litany of "bullying shtick" that Chaffetz offered in Washington as the "Oversight" committee chair is legendary but almost a blank slate (for some); but the wild eyed truants at Brighton High (many who I knew as educated SLC residents) were the radical "planted" brawlers that so upset Evans, Chaffetz and others in the R fold. To a tenured politico, the Brighton crowd and complaint re lack of DT investigation would be a "grain of sand" that would be tossed aside to most. He/others could avoid public gatherings the rest of their term, so easily. So many rumors in Washington, loose lips; associations, pandering with FBI and law enforcement and then DT officials "leaning on him". The push must have been gradual at first and then strong.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 21, 2017 3:28 p.m.

    @soutahnative - Cedar City, UT
    April 21, 2017 12:54 p.m.

    Great article. Just goes to show how depraved and desperate the left has become.

    =====

    Wowzers!

    Where were you for the past 8 YEARS?
    Where were you when Harry Reid, and Barrack Obama left office?
    Under a rock?!

    Only the left can be vile or uncivil?
    Good grief.
    Pot / kettle?
    Mote / beam?
    swallow a camel / gag on a gnat?

    hypocrisy anyone??

    BTW --speaking of hypocrisy:
    Jason Chaffetz is in a no-win situation right now.

    He either puts on his big boy pants and investigates Donald Trump - to the ire of the President and his party,
    or
    He gets a daily smack down and mockery by the entire national and at home for NOT doing his job for the next 2 years.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 21, 2017 3:17 p.m.

    Hey Harrsion Bergeron -

    RE: "@ GaryO

    RE: "Actually, Putin was loved by the left until he became a scapegoat for Hillary's loss."

    WRONG. The perpetrator of a crime is not a scapegoat. Our nation's intelligence community tells us that the Russian government did indeed illegally hack into American emails for the PURPOSE of getting Donald Trump and other Republicans elected.

    Face it: Our enemies want Republicans in power here because they know Republican leadership weakens our nation.

    RE: "Remember Obama chumming up to Dmitry Medvedev assuring Putin he would have more flexibility after the election?"

    Yes, I remember. Obama knew he would have more flexibility after the election. And he let the Russians know that. That's called "Telling the truth." I understand your confusion. You don't see much truth telling in Republican politics, do you?

    RE: "Remember how he let him have free reign in the Middle East and Ukraine? "

    No I don't remember that. That's because it didn't happen. You see what I mean? GOP propagandists are definitely truth challenged, aren't they? Obama placed serious sanctions against Russia for those bad acts.

    Look it up.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 21, 2017 3:13 p.m.

    "Go back and listen to any speech by Ronald Reagan and then listen to a Trump speech. Not even in the same class."

    I visited the Bush Presidential library a couple of weekends ago. It amazed me on what was on his platform. The term was he used compassionate conservative. Being fiscally and socially conservative is not the opposite of caring for the poor, those in need, and those whose rights are under attack. They all should be pillars of "conservatism".

    But unfortunately a new brand of conservatism has emerged that appears to be more akin to a reality show than any effort to impact governance. You see a couple of personalities here on both sides who just love to be anti-whatever, when ever they can, with no attempt at a consensus solution. These are the attitudes that are ruining politics today.

    Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neal didn't see eye to eye on policy, but they were friendly with each other. There was a day when Hatch trying to work with Kennedy on a consensus solution was applauded. Recently though the former House Speaker was chased out of office because he golfed with the former President.

    The haters are ruining government - for all of us.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 21, 2017 3:13 p.m.

    Chaffetz had enough "dirt" to investigate Pres. Hilary clinton for 2 years - and planned to do it.
    Surprise - Trump wins.

    NOW --
    Chaffetz was under the nation lime-light to investigate Donald Trump.
    That was going to dog him daily for the next 2 years.

    I'm sure Trump has already given him a good o'l Queens New York "warning" about those who do not fall in-line or might cause any trouble...if you know what I mean.

    Kiss the ring Jason, or you're fired!
    You can't fire me! - Chaffetz replies -- because I quit!

  • itsjustmyview Draper, UT
    April 21, 2017 3:11 p.m.

    We don't blame you Jason for leaving. Civility is DEAD period. Politics is ugly. Thanks for trying to make a difference and best wishes to you and your family !

  • Justiciaparatodos Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 3:04 p.m.

    Jason Chaffetz is a winner! He has served with distinction and honor (maybe the influence of the Honor Code at BYU?).

    Obviously, he has roused up the folks who were in the Obama and Hillary camps. Some of them are now showing their true colors by making death threats and such. Now those few folks have become losers like Hilary and Obama.

    Carry on Jason Chaffetz, you still have a lot to offer,me and my family and friends will support you with enthusiasm!

  • Lonely Democrat Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 2:58 p.m.

    Chaffetz has a history of self promotion over job performance. HE QUIT Nu Skin (without any place to go) when it got tough, HE QUIT Huntsman's chief of staff after 1 year, HE TURNED on Huntsman when it was politically expedient, he wasted $Millions grandstanding on Benghazi until it became of joke. Being Chaffetzed is a verb in DC, it means stabbed in the back. Not sure why we should be surprised that he is want's to quit now. With Jason Chaffetz it's about getting in front of a camera and promoting himself. He doesn't give a whit about the actual job description and has no notion of what it is to be a statesman. I don't even think he's an ideologue, he's just an opportunist plain and simple.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    April 21, 2017 2:44 p.m.

    This article is a little too rah-rah-Chaffetz for my taste. I think death threats are terrible. Shame on those who made them.

    But had Chaffetz been more statesman-like and done his job on a less partisan basis, he wouldn't be in this position now. People would not have been so angry. We're not stupid; we saw what he was doing. He just didnt give us enough credit.

    I'm glad he's going.

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    April 21, 2017 2:12 p.m.

    It really saddens me that members of congress(or anyone else) who is trying to make America better should receive death threats and the like. I like Jason Chaffetz. He is a good and honest man. I voted for him but I don't always agree with him but never the less I will always wish him well and I will vote for him again should he run for another office. He is right about one thing...our country is changing and people are being filled with hatred instead of love and that worries me a great deal.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 2:07 p.m.

    Not overseeing the Donald on anything appears more difficult than attacking Hillary on everything.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 21, 2017 1:48 p.m.

    Just as I was getting acclimated to him, he quits. Interesting article.

  • UtahTroutStalker Draper, UT
    April 21, 2017 1:11 p.m.

    @Thid Barker - Victor, ID

    "Liberals are acting like Chaffetz walking away is some kind of victory for them. His replacement will be another conservative Republican, guaranteed"

    Thid, I am one of Jason's constituents. I had been a GOP supporter for almost 20 years. Then the Tea Party started to ruin the GOP.

    Another republican may replace Chaffetz, but perhaps it will be someone with more moderate views that can represent everyone fairly. Listen to voices of the majority of Americans that did not vote for Trump with some level of sincerity, and put country over politics. Now the person who can do that, well that person may have a shot at Governor or POTUS some day.

    Go back and listen to any speech by Ronald Reagan and then listen to a Trump speech. Not even in the same class. We need to move everyone back to the middle, find compromise where more people's ideas win the day vs always looking for a way to make someone the loser.

  • soutahnative Cedar City, UT
    April 21, 2017 12:54 p.m.

    Great article. Just goes to show how depraved and desperate the left has become.

  • UtahTroutStalker Draper, UT
    April 21, 2017 12:54 p.m.

    This is a pretty part of the article:

    “Your job is to over investigate when the other party is in power and under investigate when your party is in power,” Davis says. “Part of his job is to protect the quarterback.”

    If Chaffetz is leaving so he can have a clear conscience this is not the way to do it. He should stay in there and aggressively investigate Trump and his associates. If there was wrong doing then so be it, impeach Trump and get the bad guys out. If not, then a hearty, but transparent investigation could help put tensions at ease. That is leadership, and that is what is missing in D.C. If Jason wanted to be POTUS, then standing up to Trump would earn him favor with a much larger constituency than what he is doing now.

  • Sophie 62 Spring City, UT
    April 21, 2017 12:51 p.m.

    What it comes down to is this: Mr Chaffetz is the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where he spent an enormous amount of money and time investigating Hillary Clinton regarding accusations about Benghazi and her emails. These investigations cleared her of wrongdoing, in spite of his best efforts.
    Now, here is this question of Trump's Russian ties not only of financial investments in a place where Trump claimed not to have any, but also how much the Russians influenced the last election.
    And suddenly Mr Chaffetz has no interest in pursuing those questions, even though all of the intelligence agencies say there is evidence to back up the information.
    It is absolutely clear that for Mr Chaffetz, these questions about conduct have everything to do with who the person is, and not at all about the merits of any case against them. Furthermore, it's all about which political party they belong to. That is not justice. That is an abuse of his power. A travesty, in fact.
    His job is to be impartial. He refuses to do that job. So he may as well give up his cot and go home.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    April 21, 2017 12:45 p.m.

    @ GaryO

    Actually, Putin was loved by the left until he became a scapegoat for Hillary's loss. Remember Obama chumming up to Dmitry Medvedev assuring Putin he would have more flexibility after the election? Remember how he let him have free reign in the Middle East and Ukraine?

    Putin was a fellow comrade until he got the blame for exposing the DNC.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 21, 2017 12:44 p.m.

    I like Jason -- I will say however I think he is finished in politicis for good and I really think that is his choice. Politics today is an ugly business and a lawyer can make alot more money with alot less headache by just joining a firm. Wish Jason the best going forward.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 21, 2017 12:27 p.m.

    Al_Tenuta

    How about opening your eyes. Which party has demonstrated opposition to EVERYTHING since the election--the Democrats. Which party refused to investigate corruption during the Obama administration?--the Democrats. Who promised in an open mic to reduce our strategic defense to the Russians after his reelection?--Obama. Who took millions of dollars from the Russians through the Clinton Foundation--Hillary.
    And in light of recent events in Syria, your assertion of a so-called alliance between Trump and Russia holds not water whatsoever.

    airnaut
    With the level of unprecedented intolerance exhibited by the Left, they certainly can't claim any moral high ground either.
    I didn't vote for Trump, but the behavior of the Left has made me gravitate more to him and his policies.

  • pbknyc New York, NY
    April 21, 2017 12:14 p.m.

    One of the worst things about this tedious, uninformative, poorly edited puff piece is its repeated and unexplained use of anonymous sources. There is nothing remotely sensitive here, just speculation about the political future of a political hack. "Requested anonymity" is not a justification for granting anonymity.

    Don't worry. Whatever he does next, I'm sure you'll have a chance to continue carrying his water. But let's not pretend the man has principles.

  • Cheesecake Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 12:09 p.m.

    Very insightful article. But there's a question that to me seems unanswered: Why hasn't Chaffetz initiated investigations into President Donald Trump's affairs?

    There was the bit about defending the quarterback, but Chaffetz said that's not how he operates. And even his wife pointed out that 'this felt different' referring to current political movements, and calls for investigations into Trump.

    "Do your job" they yelled. Are you listening, Senator? If so, where are the investigations?

    I strive to be as moderate as I can. I vote for the best candidates regardless of their party. There are many good, and even outstanding republicans in office today, several of whom I voted for. But Donald Trump is not one of them. The fact that Chaffetz hasn't even tried to initiate an investigation, to me, makes him unworthy of any political office. It's about doing the right thing, and Chaffetz is not doing it.

  • dolce et decorum est Murray, UT
    April 21, 2017 12:00 p.m.

    The characterization of the crowd with which this article begins is silly. There were cameras all over the place in that building. Where are the pictures of the masked, gun-toting desperados dressed in black? I find it much more plausible that these apparitions are figments of Mr. Chaffetz’s imagination, generated by a confrontation with the realities of an upset constituency exasperated by Mr. Chaffetz’s inconsistent demagoguery.

  • OthersShoes SILVER SPRING, MD
    April 21, 2017 11:58 a.m.

    Kudos to these authors, this is fantastic long-form journalism. I enjoyed reading the piece. I'm an outsider with moderate views and thought this was exceptional writing.

  • Edgar Samaria, ID
    April 21, 2017 11:57 a.m.

    Vanceone - Provo, UT 10:01 AM - If it makes you feel any better, over the past several months my comments have been blocked on multiple occasions for reasons that I don't think are justified. And just so you know, I'd consider myself on the center/left side of the aisle. But I'm not running or monitoring this page and so I accept the monitor's decision - sometimes with scorn - and continue to try to get my opinion heard, or read.

    I think it's really the American way, to never give up on something you believe in. But there are those who are always crying foul and blaming others when their way doesn't succeed. And like the irreverent behavior that seems to have gripped our nation since the current President took office, essentially granting permission to follow his lead in that line of behavior, so too have those who want to blame others rather than accept blame for themselves following the example of the new president.

  • Al_Tenuta SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 21, 2017 11:50 a.m.

    It boils down to one simple thing: The placekicker knows that Republicans are only an opposition party. They think they have no one to investigate. They suddenly ally with Russia. They can't lead. He is the first rat off the sinking ship. It will soon be seen as a very wise decision to get the heck out. He knows it.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 21, 2017 11:48 a.m.

    @Thid Barker - Victor, ID
    April 21, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    I don't blame Jason for walking away! The death threats, the constant vile hatred and the disgraceful uncivil behavior hurled at him and his family from the left takes all the joy out of a good man serving his country!

    ======

    Wow!
    I'm a U.S. military veteran, a liberal and Mormon in Utah.

    You and your 'ilk' have lobbed all sorts of vile hatred and disgraceful uncivil comments at me for years.

    That sort of double standard,
    compounded with the constant claiming of moral high ground - while supporting Donald Trump --
    it my ONLY genuine disagreement with you.

    Now I know why Jesus rebuked the self righteous hypocrites more than any sinner.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 21, 2017 11:46 a.m.

    Hey Harrison Bergeron -

    "If an elected representative goes to Washington and is loved by that crowd (e.g. the liberals, the media, the establishment, etc.), then we have sent the wrong person."

    Ha! By your logic, Vladimir Putin would be the PERFECT man to represent Utah in Congress.

    I guess we shouldn't be surprised that our nation's "greatest geopolitical foe" and the Republican Party are on the same side, should we?

    Hey Utefan4lyf -

    RE : " . . there is no support to claim that black hooded men were prowling around looking for his car."

    True, it's purely fake news. But it is appropriate to see such fake news included in a piece about Jason Chaffetz, a man who oversaw Congressional hearings that were themselves justified by the kind of fake news stories we continuously see on FOX, Chaffetz's future employer.

    Hey Idablu -

    RE: "It seems the Gestapo tactics of the Left likely influenced his resignation."

    That makes NO sense. The German Gestapo worked for the government. Do the foes of Jason Chaffetz report directly to the Trump administration?

    Protesters are NOT the gestapo.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    April 21, 2017 11:34 a.m.

    Probably good timing to avoid the tyranny of the left

    Just a bunch of foolish communist agitators

  • Marigold Provo, UT
    April 21, 2017 11:29 a.m.

    Excellent article!

    It takes a lot to be a person of integrity in today's politics. Jason says it the way he sees it and I respect that. Much success to him and to his family and thank you, for your years of service, Congressman Chaffetz---and, for sleeping on that cot...and for diving into the vending machines for "food" to eat while at work--I can completely relate... I also respect the fact that you showed up for "that" townhall meeting even though the crowd was so uncivilized from the start--where were those folks before Trump's win? Previous townhall meetings were collegial and friendly...now, it seems the swarm congregates to assassinate the character of the messenger...

    You leave big shoes to fill. Keep smiling...it drives the opposition crazy!

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 21, 2017 11:22 a.m.

    "Chaffetz says the decision not to run came down to family . . . "

    What a bunch of Trump!

    When Chaffetz entered Congress, his kids were little. But now, they're ready to leave home.

    So . . . Chaffetz stays away from his kids when they need him, and goes back home to his empty nest after the kids have already left?

    Ha! Does Chaffetz hate his kids THAT much? How does that correlate with those “Mormon values” of his?

    I can see Chaffetz as Bill O'Reilly's replacement. O'Reilly is a prolific liar, but Chaffetz is no slouch in that department either. He could easily pick the slack left by O'Reilly's departure.

    FOX "NEWS" beckons . . . And as Chaffetz extends his middle finger toward his state and his district, a smiling Uncle Rupert and the FOX family await Chaffetz with open arms.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 21, 2017 11:11 a.m.

    It seems the Gestapo tactics of the Left likely influenced his resignation. In my lifetime I have never seen such attacks on the 1st and 2nd amendments by the Left as I see today. Just like on college campuses around the country, protesters from the Left at Town Hall meetings are not interested in civil discourse, but just shouting down any alternative views. If that means violence or the threat of violence, the Liberal Left are fine with that. Truly disgusting.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:58 a.m.

    Wow! Talk about a puff piece. How soon does the editorial page have their endorsement for little Jason for Governor?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:46 a.m.

    @USAlover "Let the left lead "their nation" according to their principles of big government, entitlements, liberal social policies and medical marijuana for conjunctivitis. They can have Hollywood, the Rainbow people, March on Wall Street, illegal immigrants and Michael Moore."

    Most of us on the left have only wanted to save social security and medicare for seniors, support the Fair Labor Standards Act, and allow all Americans health care. But we on the left are being driven ever farther left as we learn the political right wants to destroy the social safety net, decimate seniors, and concentrate wealth to the levels of 1890. That's why the left is so active now. We are trying to save ourselves. And Chaffetz is not our friend.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    April 21, 2017 10:46 a.m.

    If an elected representative goes to Washington and is loved by that crowd (e.g. the liberals, the media, the establishment, etc.), then we have sent the wrong person.

    The greatest badge of honor anyone representing us could hope to earn would be the animus of those people. They are the cause of what ails our country. But if the exterminator spends enough time with the rats, he is susceptible to joining them. Better to get in an fight, then get out.

    Now we need to look for a new exterminator - one who will not join the swamp creatures.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:45 a.m.

    What a load of self-aggrandizing drivel. If this is an opinion piece by all means state your opinion, but do not write as if it were fact. While I'm sure some of what has been reported here is true, there is no support to claim that black hooded men were prowling around looking for his car. People within Utah and in every other state have the right to show their displeasure. He may represent Utah (somewhat) but his role has far-reaching consequences throughout the United States. He needs to take the next 18 months and do his job without thinking about the R or the D next to the name of the person being investigated. After all, he is apparently loved in his home state. If that is the case, fair review (as in investigating Trump as thoroughly as he did Hillary) shouldn't affect his chances to be Governor.

  • The Trooper South Jordan, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:27 a.m.

    I voted for Chaffetz when I was in his district and would again. I have no problem with him not seeking re-election. I wish other politicians would do the same. Career politicians that stay in office for 25+ years is one of the reasons it is so hard to change how things are done by the Federal government.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:14 a.m.

    Time for the social experiment of the century.

    Split the country down the middle. Give the liberals the choice of which side they want. Then build the Mother of All Walls.

    Let the left lead "their nation" according to their principles of big government, entitlements, liberal social policies and medical marijuana for conjunctivitis. They can have Hollywood, the Rainbow people, March on Wall Street, illegal immigrants and Michael Moore.

    Then, let conservatives run "their nation" according to their principles. And see which side implodes first.

    People get ONE choice...can't go back on that choice. Can't switch sides. No jumping over the wall.

    Fascinating study that would be.

    Go live life Chaffetz. Potomac fever runs it's course in normal people and you're probably too normal to be a lifetime politician. The "lifers" are the abnormal ones. God bless you and your family for all you've given to our country, whether I've always agreed with you or not. Peace.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:13 a.m.

    @Million " We are over 20 trillion in debt and no one talks about it any more like it is no big deal. Educating school children about money and budgeting and the importance of tomorrow instead of just living for today would help but the credit industry fights to keep that information out of the minds of the populace."

    Some perspective would be useful. Debt burden is generally expressed as debt as percentage of GDP. The leader by far is Japan at 250%. Why? Because of the banking/financial collapse in Japan late 80's. Debt always climbs during economic crisis because trying to balance a budget at those times will destroy economies. This is well understood in economics.

    We are at 104% because of the collapse of 2008. Consider some other percentages which are high for the same 2008 collapse: France (96%), Euro Area (91%), UK (89%) and Singapore - the darling of capitalists (104% same as U.S.).

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:11 a.m.

    Good riddance in my opinion, though he will most likely be replaced by someone exactly like him. My main opposition to Chaffetz was his opposition to public lands, but the chances of getting another politician in his office with a different mindset is slim. I am of the opinion that all politicians, both left and right, are corrupt, so I see this has some part of a larger plan to gain even more power wealth and influence. Time will tell I suppose.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:04 a.m.

    Congressman Chaffetz, well done and thank you for your service!

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    April 21, 2017 10:01 a.m.

    After a long slog through this article I can see that political writers are like politicians; they do a lot of posturing but seldom deliver the goods.

    The real business is speculation, with a hearty dose of posturing.

    A little leadership now and then would be nice.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:39 a.m.

    As the saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the fire". I would add to that, "And, stay out of the fire".

    If his real reason for leaving is because of public pressure, he should find another career, not use this as an excuse to slip out of Federal govt. and back into State govt.

    My disappointment with Chaffetz is that he and his committee could not find Hillary guilty of anything, or if they did they did not act on it. I suspect the latter. The Clinton Foundation is easily shown to be a charity fraud, all you have to do is look. And, there were people giving evidence to the fact.

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:35 a.m.

    The reason so many people were/are screaming at Chaffetz and other elected officials is because they are losing their government given freebies or subsidized entitlements. There needs to be a happy medium between taxing more and less government giving. We are over 20 trillion in debt and no one talks about it any more like it is no big deal. Educating school children about money and budgeting and the importance of tomorrow instead of just living for today would help but the credit industry fights to keep that information out of the minds of the populace.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    April 21, 2017 9:29 a.m.

    re: cmsense

    I feel the same way as you. I probably should describe myself as a conservative but I'm so turned off by the Republican Party that I don't want to associate myself with them. Even though I'd consider myself reasonably conservative many republican's would probably label me as a crazed liberal.

    I'm still waiting for a movement away from the extreme political division that the country has gravitated towards for the past 20+ years. I want to believe that there are other moderates out there who are sick of both political parties. Each election cycle there's one or two candidates I can support but they're inevitably beaten down by extremists during the primaries (Kasich in 2016, Huntsman in 2012). I'm still hoping for the day when there's a moderate uprising and we can start moving past political games and actually focus on solving problems.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:24 a.m.

    The matter which most angered me toward Chaffetz was his refusal to investigate the coordination of the Trump campaign with Russian interests. Moreover this piece offers no explanation for it. I'm still waiting for one.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:23 a.m.

    Chaffetz is quitting because Trump probably talked to him like a Mob boss, telling him his political aspirations would go down the tubes if he ever dared to investigate Trump. That's cowardice.

    As far as his claim there were "armed demonstrators" waiting for him at his town hall appearance, Chaffetz wants everyone to have guns, including mentally ill people. How "people with guns" would ever bother Chaffetz ... that's irony.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 21, 2017 9:18 a.m.

    Conservatives here are acting like quitting before the end of the term he ran for is just fine. Why?

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    April 21, 2017 9:14 a.m.

    I'm not a big fan of Chaffetz but I'm embarrassed by the ugly behavior at the town halls (and apparently on the telephone) by others who disagree with him. It's possible to disagree and voice dissent without resorting to insults, threats, or screaming. I don't tolerate those behaviors in my kids and I expect adults to behave better than schoolchildren.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 21, 2017 9:05 a.m.

    Richie - Saint George, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:51 a.m.

    The Democrats with all of their money could come in from California, Arizona, Maple Valley, WA, and the University of Utah (liberal arts majors only) and destroy a good man.

    =====

    Do even know what "liberal arts" means - other than it contains the 'word' liberal - so it must be 'evil'?

    A liberal arts education is a term that refers to academic subjects such as literature, philosophy, mathematics, and social and physical sciences.

    Math, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy and Biology.

    Only goes to show that when Donald Trump says he is 'a really smart guy', Republicans believe him, to which proves they really are out to completely destroy education.

  • shackleton Mapleton, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:57 a.m.

    As one of his constituents and as a life-long Republican, I was a strong supporter. He appeared to be an individual seeking the good. He appeared to seek answers and uncover corruption. His performance since Trump was elected, however, has been abysmal. He has been revealed as one of the many feckless politicians we're always trying to boot from office. I'm glad to see him go and sincerely hope he never runs for any office again.

  • taatmk West Jordan, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:56 a.m.

    Cynics abound. Just read the comments here. Which way you swing only depends on which party you are partisan to. Chaffetz is either the devil or a saint according to your affiliation. For me, I say who cares what he has decided to do? Its his life. Let him live it.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:56 a.m.

    @Ritchie "The Democrats with all of their money could come in from California, Arizona, Maple Valley, WA, and the University of Utah (liberal arts majors only) and destroy a good man."

    Almost all of the attendees at the townhall were locals.

    There is a new energy on the left in Utah. The turnout for Bernie Sanders showed it. Things are changing, and none too soon.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:51 a.m.

    The Democrats with all of their money could come in from California, Arizona, Maple Valley, WA, and the University of Utah (liberal arts majors only) and destroy a good man.

  • PeggyR Carmichael, CA
    April 21, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    I'm not from his district. I am a democrat from California. I am LDS. I cheered when he denounced Trump during the campaign. I was disappointed that he didn't keep his promise to his daughter and did vote for that man. I was even more disappointed when he refused to hold Trump responsible for all his wrong doings like he would have and did hold Clinton responsible for everything, even things she wasn't responsible for. I don't see the House Oversight Committee being a partisan position. I see it as a committee that is supposed to hold any office holder responsible for wrong doings. How naive I am. I cheered at this announcement of Mr Chaffetz deciding not to run for reelection. I would have helped fund his opponents war chest.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    April 21, 2017 8:46 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz just got easily re-elected.
    Jason Chaffetz is under extreme National heat to investigate Donald Trump.
    Donald Trump meets privately with Jason Chaffetz a couple of weeks ago.
    Jason Chaffetz suddenly quits just days later.

    Coincidence?

  • David Centerville, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:38 a.m.

    There are many liberal posters here that are declaring Chaffetz' political career over. They are projecting their hopes. But Chaffetz' will likely return to run another campaign, one that he will win.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    Utah creates it's own toxic, one party political environment, then moans and groans when the opposition has had enough and pushed back.
    Tough bananas....Chaffetz deserves every ounce of criticism he gets...like every other elected official and legislator.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 21, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    Liberals are acting like Chaffetz walking away is some kind of victory for them. His replacement will be another conservative Republican, guaranteed! I don't blame Jason for walking away! The death threats, the constant vile hatred and the disgraceful uncivil behavior hurled at him and his family from the left takes all the joy out of a good man serving his country! Thanks for your excellent service Jason! God bless you and your family!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 21, 2017 8:35 a.m.

    "Jason Chaffetz rose to prominence as the chief antagonist of Democrats. Now says he won't seek re-election. Here's why...."

    This is the very problem with the situation we have right now. Jason should have been promoting a policy. He was not elected to be anyones "antagonist". We don't elect officials to be players in some kind of political game played out in Washington D.C. That isn't the role of government - and if Jason has been using it to play some kind of game, then he has been misusing the publics trust and funds.

    We need to elect people who go to state houses and Washington to promote policy that helps improve American competitiveness on the global stage and improves the quality of life for the average citizen. If they do any action that doesn't contribute to these goals - like spending millions of tax payer dollars to play the role of "antagonist".... they are in violation of that trust. And this applies to all of them.... From Harry Reid to Jason Chaffetz.

    The public trust and tax payers funds are not there for politicians to play partisan games with. It must stop.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:30 a.m.

    Jason has no job to do, his primary role, was to simply keep the Benghazi nonsense going as long as possible, with his little buddy Trey, which he did religiously.

    Now that the GOP has control, there will be no real investigations from the right.

    Jason is just abandoning a sinking ship first, as the tale goes.

    Unfortunately we probably haven't seen the last of this professional politician, who really seemed to relish his time before the cameras.

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    April 21, 2017 8:25 a.m.

    @Thid wrote, "Jason Chaffetz reported to the police that he and his family had received death threats! Perhaps he decided it just wasn't worth losing his life or a family member! What would you do?"

    When did he ever say he got death threats? Which police agency did claim he report these "threats" to? What dates? Were these alleged threats written or phoned in? If phoned in, there are ways to electronically trace them--and the people would have been prosecuted. If they were written, the FBI would be all over them. But...no details. Why? "Reporting" that you received death threats does not mean you actually did. Tonya Harding claimed to have received such threats...just a few months before she and her boyfriend were implicated in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.

    In the bad old days, before advanced electronic records and before security cameras were everywhere, you could have gotten away with such a claim. Not any more.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:22 a.m.

    "A few protesters were masked and dressed in black. They carried guns."
    Pictures, or this didn't happen.

  • Edgar Samaria, ID
    April 21, 2017 8:15 a.m.

    I'm certain that only Jason Chaffetz knows the real reason he is leaving Congress, possibly before he finishes his term. But one thing is sure, he is the classic example of a politician putting party ahead of country.

    For months and years, he delighted in overseeing the false premise that Hillary Clinton's handling of her emails while Secretary of State was something more simple carelessness. Even after the FBI had concluded that no criminal act had taken place and after Donald Trump won the presidency, he vowed to continue hearings looking into the Clinton case.

    Then comes the Trump administration and evidence of some possible collusion between them and the Russians in the meddling of our national election and he is silent, refusing to hold hearings about Trump or any of his administration including Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign because of his inappropriate and possibly illegal contacts with Russian officials prior to the inauguration. He says he will defer to the House intelligence committee. But when the Benghazi issue arose, no less that 7 committees held hearings, all of them found no wrongdoing. So why won't Chaffetz investigate Trump?

  • DonO Draper, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:11 a.m.

    Very nice article from Chaffetz's perspective. He couldn't buy this kind of positive publicity.

    No question he is a savvy, calculating politician. I would never doubt one's desire to spend more time with family but his real driver is to preserve whatever approval he may have for a run at governor. Perhaps a gig on cable TV will help him but he has to know that a high approval rating in the gerrymandered 3rd district does not, and will not, translate into support for a statewide race. I continue to believe that he's done in Utah politics.

  • RC in WJ WEST JORDAN, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:13 a.m.

    Chaffetz might be charismatic in an one on one encounter, but after the "I wouldn't be able to look my daughter in the eye" debacle, it became very evident that Jason Chaffetz does not have the backbone for real leadership.

    His statement "I would consider something in broadcasting in the future" is right down his alley, as he never met a camera or mic. he didn't love.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:11 a.m.

    Overall, this is good reporting. Good job, guys.

    Chaffetz is no victim. He actively contributed to what we now have, and now he is walking away, seemingly just before things are going to get really tough. His lack of shame and his hypocrisy on how he conducted his role as Chairman made him a much reviled person in Washington. There's so much to be said, but sometimes everyone is better off when certain politicians exit the stage, and this is one of those situations. He had the energy and the charisma to be a great one, but he frittered it away for a bowl of pottage.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    April 21, 2017 8:01 a.m.

    As ye sow so shall ye reap.

    The animus chaffetz directed at Americans who didn't subscribe to the re-Publican political machine was turned on him.

    What goes around comes around.

    C'est la vie.

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    April 21, 2017 7:59 a.m.

    @Boyd in Provo writes, "The anger that is on display throughout the country right now should discourage many good and honorable individuals from running for office."

    The anger on display is the resentment of those elected officials who perch in their well-appointed offices, who have Cadillac health insurance (no costs! no copays!) who could care less about cutting off health insurance to tens of millions of people.

    Go to any Bernie Sanders rally. Nobody's yelling at him to do HIS job!

    @Baron Scarpia, Fox News is not going to implode. There are many millions of Americans who want desperately to be told that all the grief they are experiencing is someone else's fault, and can be blamed on Obama and Hillary and Pelosi. Like battered women, they get disappointed over and over again, but keep coming back because someone the guy said he cared about them, and promised that it would get better if they just hung in there...

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:59 a.m.

    @K.Call;

    "...he has represented ... people like me very well."

    --- There's the rub. Not everyone is "people like you"; he should represent ALL of us, not just those he agrees with. He should do what is best for the country; all of us, not just what is best for the Republican party and "people like you".

    @BYUalum;

    "God" had nothing to do with Trump's election, though, you could certainly blame it on the Evangelicals and other "religious" folks.

    @Boyd;

    People have every right to be angry. Republicans are doing their worst to dismantle America.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    April 21, 2017 7:46 a.m.

    @K.Call asks, ".. how does Utah expect to find good people to serve? "

    Look for people who are honest about their motivations.

    Look for people who see some good in the other party's platform, rather than insisting that their party is all good and the other party is all bad.

    Look for people who want to get money out of politics--who refuse contributions from Big Pharma, Big Sugar, and Big Coal.

    Look for people who want to represent ALL the people in Utah. There are rural people and urban people. There are rich and poor. There are children who struggle in school and there are children with an abusive parent--who have neighbors who look the other way. There are teachers who love their job but struggle to pay for housing. There are people without medical insurance that live in dread of an accident or illness. (And no, they don't have new iPhones, either. There are elderly people who ended up in nursing homes because they couldn't keep up the maintenance on their own home.

    There are good people out there. Look beyond the R lever.

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    April 21, 2017 7:42 a.m.

    More typically, politicians throw in the towel when their party loses power--I'm told Congress is a lot more fun when you are in the majority.

    And what's really weird is his talk about not even finishing this term. I'd think a lame duck congressman would enjoy 18 months of being able to do his job without campaigning.

    Maybe now that a space has opened up, he sees a future on Fox News?

  • oldfan10 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    Chafetz spent years investigating Hillary's E-mails, even after there was no longer a corner to look into. Now we have conflict of interest in the White House (family and business interests), a possible Russian connection to our elections, and other possible infractions to investigate by the committee Chafetz chairs he cuts and runs. He doesn't appear to have the ability or the courage to do the job. We need to remember when he runs for another office that he quit when the going got tough.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 21, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz reported to the police that he and his family had received death threats! Perhaps he decided it just wasn't worth losing his life or a family member! What would you do?

  • CC Saint George, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:35 a.m.

    This article brings out why I am glad to see Mr. Chaffetz walk away from the job. Joseph McCarthy used communism accusations against everyone to keep a spotlight on himself much like Jason used Hillary Clinton and whatever other scandal he could find to keep himself in the press. Ultimately the same attention that brought down McCarthy seems to be impacting Mr. Chaffetz. The hunger to be in the spotlight can backfire! Chaffetz was quick to test the waters when the Speaker of the House position was vacated. Now he is floating the Governor's position to the press. When politicians like Mr. Chaffetz are clearly more concerned about how to advance their own careers than representing their district, their aspirations and ego become an agitation to people. People who are paying attention see right through these kind of politicians.

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    April 21, 2017 7:32 a.m.

    I attended a town hall meeting with Jason Chaffetz in Saratoga Springs in 2011. The crowd was respectful and we gave Jason time to answer the questions. What happened to him in February at his last town hall was a disgrace to everyone. The anger that is on display throughout the country right now should discourage many good and honorable individuals from running for office. I wonder if we will see civility in politics again in our lifetime? Who knows....

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:23 a.m.

    Bob K, I hate to break this to you, but Utah voters in the 3rd district are just fine with Chaffetz and would vote him in again by over 65%, maybe even higher. That's why he still has a 72% approval rating.

    What doesn't reflect the Utah view and morals are the "protestors" and their boorish behavior. The protestors were a direct result of the lefties and their anarchist fellows wanting to make trouble. The problem is, the mainstream media makes it look like everyone believes like that and that Chaffetz and his fellow republicans are in trouble.

    They look at Georga and Kansas. The Democrat won't win in Georgia and Kansas frankly wasn't that close. Nothing new there. Again Media creation.

    The only people that want Trump investigated are on the left. Frankly, if Trump were ever to be investigated, it would be because he actually did something bad. Not the current guilt by association that the left is now hammering him with. So what if some of his people talked to Russians. So did Hillary's people and no one is calling for her head. I'd like to see how much money the Clinton Foundation got from Russian sources.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:18 a.m.

    Because I don't trust the media anymore, I don't know how much of this article to believe.

    I know a couple of things. I have always really liked Jason Chaffetz. He's colorful, charismatic, and smart! The only time I have parted with him is his assessment of Donald Trump. Even though I supported Ted Cruz for president, the more I analyzed Trump, the more I knew he was the best choice over Clinton with all her faults.

    On election night, I knew it would take a miracle from God for him to be elected when the polls said she would win by 98%. Now seeing President Donald Trump in action the last almost 100 days, I am very pleased.

    However, there are many people who had their boat rocked with his presidency. I would rather have anyone gone who doesn't fully support President Trump. If it is Chaffetz, so be it. Our country is at stake here.

    Good luck to Chaffetz in his future endeavors. And, may God Bless America!

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:09 a.m.

    As far as the crowd goes this is what happens when you gerrymander.

    You have republicans, democrats, and independents feel like their voice is not being heard because the politicians essentially pick the voters and every polticiain is either becoming more hard line left or hard line right.

  • nicholdraper West Jordan, UT
    April 21, 2017 7:05 a.m.

    From the time Jason was BYU's kicker till now I have been his fan. He will make a great governor and I will support him. Good luck to you Jason.

  • benny02 slc, ut
    April 21, 2017 6:54 a.m.

    I can only hope jason keeps his promise about leaving early and doesnt flip flop like he did on voting for the Donald!

  • K.Call Moab, UT
    April 21, 2017 6:55 a.m.

    This breaks my heart. I've been in meetings with Rep. Chaffetz; he has personally answered my questions; he has represented Utah and people like me very well. If someone as courageous as Jason Chaffetz is tormented like this in his home state, how does Utah expect to find good people to serve? Shame on us, Utah!
    (....and don't blame Trump. That's just lame.)

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    April 21, 2017 6:54 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz is a good man.

    I only met Chaffetz once while he was walking the parade route in Spanish Fork trying to get elected for the first time. I do prefer that Chaffetz. The past couple years I've disagreed more and more with Chaffetz and the GOP agenda which has become less and less moderate. It has become party over country, oppose anything Obama even if they were GOP ideas once etc, complain without offering real solutions. It is both parties. The American people deserve better. When I start agreeing more with Shumer than Paul Ryan on health care, I wonder. But I also agree with Kasich, so there appears to be some sensible GOP left.

    People actually do care passionately about politicians who propose to cut their health care etc and no, health care is now approaching the cost of a mortgage so not buying an iPhone is not going to cut it. Now 37% of people feel they no longer can afford health care and somehow I don't think when the GOP started talking how they were going to "fix" healthcare people felt tax cuts for the wealthy and cutting benefits for the poor were what they expected.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    April 21, 2017 6:51 a.m.

    ".... lefties who’d driven up from California and Arizona."

    A few questions. Not a single person claimed (let alone showed any proof) that there were any people, left-leaning or otherwise, who had driven up from California or Arizona. Why do you state this like it was a fact?

    "A few protesters were masked and dressed in black. They worried Chaffetz most. They carried guns and, he would later learn, were prowling the parking lot trying to find his car."

    First time I've heard this claim. There were security cameras all over; no evidence that t his is true. And if it "worried Chaffetz most", he would have seen them. He never mentioned seeing them at the time, nor did any articles, in the DN or other sources, mention them. And how did he know that these alleged masked men were carrying guns? Did anybody see anybody else openly displaying guns? And what proof does Chaffetz have that anybody--masked or otherwise-- was prowling the parking lot looking for his car?

    An In-depth report should have reported real facts. Colorful, creative additions to make Chaffetz a sympathetic figure do not belong in this story.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 21, 2017 6:46 a.m.

    Wise move.

    As the Trump Administration, the GOP and Fox News implode, he can steer clear of the fallout. I'd get out too, if I were in his shoes.

  • Bob K Davis, CA
    April 21, 2017 6:24 a.m.

    To me, this is very simple.
    If Chaffetz continued to be the person he has been in the last several years in Washington he would lose support in Utah because too much of what the Republicans are doing is not particularly moral or nice, and he has played a strong role in it..
    If he became the person Utahns would want him to be, he would be ostracized by the Republican caucus.
    Imagine what would happen if he had done the right thing and begun an investigation about the Russians!

    He could not win by doing what he has done and he could not win by taking a more moral stance than he has, so the best thing to do is sit it out for awhile.

    I'm giving my response to the first third of the article because I had to stop reading this very long article. I'm afraid my respect for the gentleman is not great enough to make me interested in reading all the rest of it

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    April 21, 2017 6:04 a.m.

    Hard to understand why his wife could not move to DC.