Reactions to Rep. Chaffetz’s announcement to not seek re-election in 2018

FILE: Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

SALT LAKE CITY — Political groups and local politicians are reacting to Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2018. Read their statements below.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert

I was as stunned as anyone to learn of Congressman Chaffetz’ decision not to seek re-election or any public office in 2018. Congressman Chaffetz has represented Utah in the United States House of Representatives with distinction, and I have appreciated working him over the last eight years on issues vital to our state. His razor sharp mind, expansive knowledge and gift for communicating will serve him well when he transitions into the private sector. Jeanette and I wish Jason, Julie and their family well in their future endeavors. Undoubtedly, he will appreciate being able to spend more time here in the great state of Utah.

Senator Orrin Hatch:

“Congressman Chaffetz has represented the third district with honor and distinction. Throughout his public service, he’s been a reliable conservative and a strong voice for Utah values. Elaine and I wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Congresswoman Mia Love:

I would like to thank Congressman Jason Chaffetz for his service in the United States Congress, and to the 3rd district and state of Utah. He has served with distinction during his 4 terms in the House of Representatives. I wish him well.

Congressman Chris Stewart:

I’m saddened to learn that Jason Chaffetz won’t be seeking re-election in 2018. He is a good friend, terrific public servant and a colleague that will be greatly missed in the House of Representatives and in the Utah Delegation. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Democratic National Committee:

Chaffetz refused to hold Trump and his family accountable for using the Presidency to pad their bank accounts at the expense of Americans. While Chaffetz and vulnerable Republicans hide from their own constituents and defend an administration under a cloud of a federal investigation, Tom Perez and Sen. Sanders are heading straight to Salt Lake City on Friday to talk and work in solidarity with Utahns fighting back against the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s disastrous presidency.

National Republican Congressional Committee:

Jason Chaffetz has been a valuable member of the Republican team, and we wish him the best as he begins this new chapter in his life. I’m proud to call him a friend.”

“Republicans have a deep bench of talented candidates in Utah who are more than up to this challenge. The NRCC is very confident in our ability to keep this seat red in November 2018.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Chairman Chaffetz’ behavior has long been beneath the dignity of the office he holds and he should step down as Chairman of the Oversight Committee immediately. Clearly, Chaffetz crumbled under the weight of the widespread backlash that he’s been facing for refusing to do his job, which is a victory for all Americans and will serve as a motivating force for the grassroots.

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