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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
@ Gary OThe 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
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.
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.
@soutahnative - Cedar City, UTApril 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.
Hey Harrsion Bergeron -RE: "@ GaryORE:
"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.
"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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Not overseeing the Donald on anything appears more difficult than attacking
Hillary on everything.
Just as I was getting acclimated to him, he quits. Interesting article.
@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
Great article. Just goes to show how depraved and desperate the left has
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.
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.
@ GaryOActually, 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.
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.
Al_TenutaHow 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.airnautWith 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
@Thid Barker - Victor, IDApril 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.
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.
Probably good timing to avoid the tyranny of the leftJust a bunch of
foolish communist agitators
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!
"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.
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
Wow! Talk about a puff piece. How soon does the editorial page have their
endorsement for little Jason for Governor?
@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.
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
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.
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.
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
@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.).
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.
Congressman Chaffetz, well done and thank you for your service!
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.
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.
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.
re: cmsenseI 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.
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.
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.
Conservatives here are acting like quitting before the end of the term he ran
for is just fine. Why?
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.
Richie - Saint George, UTApril 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.
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.
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.
@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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
"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.
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.
@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.
"A few protesters were masked and dressed in black. They carried
guns."Pictures, or this didn't happen.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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...
@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.
@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.
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?
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.
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?
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
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....
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.
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!
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.
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.
I can only hope jason keeps his promise about leaving early and doesnt flip flop
like he did on voting for the Donald!
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.)
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.
".... 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.
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
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
Hard to understand why his wife could not move to DC.