Correction:I look forward to the tenure of "Governor
Chaffetz" beginning in 2020.
@last to fall 11:36 re: "I'm not a liberal. Not registered as a
"liberal"...---How do you "register" as a
liberal?Is there a place I need to register as a conservative?I didn't know anything about this registration requirement.I
wonder if I'm officially conservative. I mean I haven't registered
with anybody. I just thought it was my personal belief on life and politics.
Didn't know I have to register or anything official like that.Where's the registry? I want to make sure I'm on it.===As for all the trashing Chaffetz going on from those on the
Left... what good does it do?Do you think it really helps anything?
All the negativity.===RE: "I'd like to see him
retire down to Four Corners, and quietly finish out his tour on the Mortal Coil
with no further media contact"... ( 6:39)---He has as much right
to be on the news as Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. Ever seen them on TV? I have.
Haven't heard any Democrats complain about them and the media attention
they get. Double-Standard?A lot of politicians get more media
attention than Chaffetz. Many are Democrats. Seen how many times Democrat
attack-dog Chuck Shummer's been on TV lately? It's their job.
@Prometheus Platypus Your's are exactly the type of comments
that I was referring to in my earlier post. So I guess you wouldn't be
voting for him again even if he were to run. zzz. Next.Chaffetz has
accurately played the part for which he was elected. I'm kind of sorry to
see him go. Folks who don't like the way he has served probably didn't
vote for him... but I believe that those folks (which seems to include you) are
in the small minority (Thank Goodness)... One of the reasons that I love this
state. We're not bullied by Liberal "mean talk"... We vote for and
elect Conservatives who match the conservative values of this state.I look forward to the tenure of "Governor Chaffetz" beginning in
2018.As for Trump? I wasn't a fan of his during the election
season but I sure am one now. He has done exactly what he promised to do... A
Conservative Appointment to the SCOTUS, remove growth obstacles to the Economy,
Protect our Borders, Protect American Jobs, Stop the ridiculous apologizing that
the previous administration engaged in for 8 years, improved our relations with
our allies, and has served notice to our enemies that we will no longer erase
red lines, etc.
If he is retiring before his term ends and the people bear the expense of a
special election, then I think a more fulsome explanation is owed.
tsobserver claims: "He's the slave of his constituents. All of these
comments condemning him for being human seem to forget the common decency we owe
to one another as fellow human beings."Laughable, he isn't
even available to his constituents, he is only available for camera
opportunities and admiration, if you aren't in lock step with him, you were
bussed in and paid to question his poor decisions.Common decency
like he showed to those he was questioning during investigations? Sure
I'll give him the same respect, he shows others.Those who
complain that people should only post happiness and sunshine about Jason,
haven't been paying attention. Conservatives can't claim moral
superiority any more after electing Donald. I wouldn't be able to
look my daughter in the eye, someone once said, before they changed their morals
to match their gang colors.
In response to the editorial, I agree that Representative Chaffetz should
declare his intentions sooner rather than later; mostly because of the type of
misunderstandings that occur when they are leaked prematurely by close
associates.In regard to his naysayers, I'm confident in his
integrity and believe that there are sound reasons for his intended departure
from elected office.In regard to the media attention, that can be a
2-edged sword. But I believe that he has wielded it masterfully, for the benefit
of Utah, and the conservative cause in general.I'm grateful for
his service, and I wish him well in whatever endeavor that he may pursue in the
future. I'm saddened for our loss.
RE: "Mr. Chaffetz, are you staying or going"...---Don't
see why DesNews editorial board is confused about this.He's
made one statement... that he won't seek re-election. Since then he
hasn't made a statement to the contrary (that he is staying).The better question for the DesNews editorial to be asking Chaffetz would be
WHEN are you going. That's the question we don't have an answer to
yet. Since announcing he won't run again he's never said he's
not going. Only question is when.He doesn't have to leave
early if he doesn't want too Des News. He could wait till the end of his
term and not contradict his announcement that he will not seek re-election.Whether he leaves early or at the end of his term... he's
leaving.Don't know why you are asking if he's leaving or
not. Has he ever said he changed his mind and is NOT leaving.Who
said he has to be out by June?
I'm betting he will squeeze out as much of the limelight as he can before
he goes to Fox....
Whole lot of assuming in this opinion piece. Assumes he's going to Fox.
Assumes he's leaving in July. Assumes he cannot investigate if he plans to
resign his office. Assumes he owes his constituents a minute by minute
explanation of his personal planning for his future.Seems to me that
these assumptions are all perfectly assailable. He's an elected official.
He's the slave of his constituents. He has the right to plan for his future
and to keep those plans and the process of making those plans absolutely
private.All of these comments condemning him for being human seem to
forget the common decency we owe to one another as fellow human beings.
If he is capable, he should serve the entire term. That is what he campaigned
to do and what we elected him to do. Doing otherwise, appears self-serving. If
he doesn't finish the term, he should turn over any campaign funds or PAC
funds to the state to pay for a special election.
I'd like to see him retire down to Four Corners, and quietly finish out his
tour on the Mortal Coil with no further media contact. He deserves such a quiet
retirement for all the things he has done in elected office.
Anyone seen the figures about what the special election will cost the taxpayers
of Utah?Chaffetz made a commitment. Barring health issues, or
something similar, Chaffetz owes it to the voters to fulfill this commitment.
@cougar engineer,"Why should people who do nothing for their
country but complain and criticize those who do, think their comments be
valued?" That's how I feel about frequent comments on
public servants, like myself, who are frequently likened to parasites or pigs at
the public trough by DN commenters. Unlike Chaffetz, however, I
have no intention of using my service to country to enrich myself.
I like Chaffetz and it gets very tiring and boring to read articles and comments
directed at the guy from the vocal Minority on the Left. He has been
a hard working representative of the people in his constituency that lean rather
heavily to the right. I actually hate to see him leave because he has
unabashedly confronted the Left who have lead this country astray over the past
8 years on both the Foreign and Domestic fronts. But then, I guess that I prefer
him to step into the Governorship next Election Cycle than to remain in
Congress. We just have to make sure that his replacement embraces
the same basic moral values and Conservative Ideology has Chaffetz has.
@cougar engineerYou state: " I would expect liberals to spread hate ,
discontent, uncertainty, and anything else to attack him both personally, and
professionally."I'm not a liberal. Not registered as a
"liberal." Have never made any claims of being a liberal. One does
not need to be a liberal to call out Chaffetz for the self-serving and arrogant
politician he is, nor does calling him out as such automatically qualify one as
being a liberal. It is possible for a conservative to see Chaffetz for the kind
of politician his actions have shown him to be.
@cougar engineer "The comments on the article are lock step and laughable.
Chaffetz is a pretty decent fellow, and does not deserve the absolutely mindless
criticism. "My criticism of him is not "mindless." I
merely point out his extreme bias in who he chooses to go after - full bore
against Clinton, kid gloves for Trump. He has not used his chairmanship in an
even handed manner. Period.
Mr Chaffetz has earned any criticism he gets for appearing too ambitious.In my opinion, he is currently likely to be jumping on an opportunity to gain
more prominence and notoriety, to pave the way for a high paying job at Fox or
elsewhere.I am surprised more folks did not notice that his elective foot
surgery came just as there was controversy in DC to avoid. Now that the
situation in DC favors him, the month of forced convalescence went
"poof!"I am also not in favor of elected representatives
threatening to quit without providing clear explanation. I believe they owe the
citizens not to cause upset and expense, and not to give up seniority that can
help the State.One of the comments contains a diatribe against those who
have any ill words for Chaffetz. I am not a liberal on a crusade or a dirty
fighter; I just have seen continual actions by the Congressman which I found to
be signs of ego and self promotion.
You are correct in your statement that Utahns deserve to know what to expect. I
am aware only of Mr. Chaffetz statement of not running for re-election.
Considering his position on the oversight committee, as a republican, I would
expect liberals to spread hate , discontent, uncertainty, and anything else to
attack him both personally, and professionally. The comments on the
article are lock step and laughable. Chaffetz is a pretty decent fellow, and
does not deserve the absolutely mindless criticism. Why should people who do
nothing for their country but complain and criticize those who do, think their
comments be valued? It's hard to understand how any decent people get
involved in politics.
“I need to see it sooner rather than later,” Chaffetz tweeted.
“I have my subpoena pen ready.”That statement embodies
the overflowing, self-serving hubris that is Jason Chaffetz. All of Utah, all of
the nation, will be far better served in the Congress when someone fills the
Chairman position he now occupies in the Oversight Committee. Hopefully the
United States will get someone in that position who has a more appropriate
temperament, a lot more humility, and a lot less grandstanding. Someone who is
willing to serve the citizens of the country in the position rather than carry
on the Chaffetz-styled congressional model of serving one's own needs. If
any such person can be found in Congress.
"All these things require a representative who is actively engaged in
pursuing solutions. If Chaffetz does not want to be that representative, then it
is time for him to pass the torch to someone who does." Chaffetz
has always been about what will get him in the biggest spotlight. Representing
Utahn's has never been a priority. On to FOX News, where he can get camera
time and still not look his daughter in the eye.
Mr. Chaffetz is trying to play both ends against the middle. The sad part is,
that it just may pay off for him.
There is no higher honor than being appointed by your people to be their
representative. Jason Chaffetz is overcome with power and greed. The
carrot is dangling in front of him and he is chasing it. The fine
people of Utah deserve a representative.
There is nothing wrong with Rep. Chaffetz working out the final details of his
departure over time. He was thoughtful enough to give plenty of advance
warning so all the potential candidates (of both parties) can begin jockeying
for position, and the state can figure out when and how to hold the election.With all the hyped up (and trumped up- no pun intended) allegations
being thrown around, that suddenly make Chaffetz's departure more
complicated than when he first announced his plans. Kudos to him if he will
stretch it out to move any investigations ahead.Remember, this first
came up in context of his potentially serious medical problems with his foot,
and after that the offer from Fox News popped up.We will be well
served as long as Jason represents us (and me)! The exact timing of his
departure is not that important, as long as it give plenty of time for electing
The whole concept of Chaffetz doing what is best for Utah or his constituents is
laughable. Chaffetz's sole interest has always been Chafftez. Fox News will snap their fingers someday and that's when we will need a
special election. Until then, expect half-hearted Chaffetz interest
in this Trump thing. It's a third-rail issue for an
up-and-coming conservative media superstar and he really doesn't want to be
" The Utah voters deserve to know his timing..." I agree with this
article. I would prefer that Congressman Chaffetz stay in his current office.
But if he is leaving we need to know immediately. There is as this article
states, "too much at stake" to be left wondering.
There is no reasonably proper reason for Chaffetz to leave his office early
other than ill health. And at this critical juncture in our country's
history he has absolutely no business leaving his post for an opportunity at Fox
News. Such is self-promotion at the expense of the public trust.Well said, DN!