Jason Chaffetz says he might step down before his term is over

"After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018".

"I may run again for public office, but not in 2018", he wrote.

"The earth shifted just a little bit when he made that announcement", Curtis said, "at least for me".

Chaffetz, who was first elected in 2008 and quickly rose to prominence in the Republican party, has previously expressed interest in running for governor of the Beehive State.

Later, asked in an interview with Salt Lake City station KSL whether he would consider a run for governor in 2020, Chaffetz replied, "Maybe".

Or maybe it's something that has nothing to do with any of that!

Chaffetz supporters, however, shouldn't fret; his cot might be on the move to the Utah State Capitol.

Yes, but more than 80% of her larger donations came from outside of Utah, too.

The reasons go beyond the recent questions about his role as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is tasked with keeping a check on fraud and waste in the White House and the federal government. "I would take a serious, serious look at running for governor", Chaffetz told the Deseret News a year ago. Chaffetz, who came out hard against Trump in the 2016 election, is in a odd position now.

Chris Karpowitz, co-director at Brigham Young University's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, said Chaffetz's decision to bow out is somewhat surprising but eases the path for a governor's race. Good luck with that, you baby-faced toad.

On the right, conservative independent Evan McMullin, who pulled in 22 percent of the vote in Utah as an independent candidate for president in 2016, suggested in March that he might be interested in challenging Chaffetz.

Meanwhile Chaffetz's campaign committee recently purchased Jason2028.com and JasonChaffetz2028.com.

"The time off between 2018 and the next campaign may be a time to cleanse the public's palate of a lot of the backwash that has tainted the current attitudes toward politicians, especially those of any prominence", according to Red State. Allen took issue with Chaffetz's comments about the need for low-income Americans to make purchasing healthcare more of a priority than buying the latest iPhone.

"There was some discontent in the district with Jason Chaffetz, and so he avoids what would have been an embarrassing loss, and avoiding that loss preserves options for the future", Karpowitz said.