“Thank you! Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in the United States House of Representatives. Serving is an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted. After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018. Since late 2003 I have been fully engaged with politics as a campaign manager, a chief of staff, a candidate and as a Member of Congress.
“I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career. Many of you have heard me advocate, “Get in, serve, and get out.” After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time. I may run again for public office, but not in 2018. For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives.
“I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.” – GOP House Oversight Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz, posting this morning to his Facebook page.
In last 24 hrs:
1 Jason Chaffetz stepping down
2 Bill O'Reilly heading for exits
3 Ossoff hit 48% in GOP plus 20 district
This is change
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) April 19, 2017
Jason Chaffetz constituents yelled at him in town halls: "Do your job."
Chaffetz's response? "I'm retiring."
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) April 19, 2017
Bill O'Reilly ❌
Jason Chaffetz ❌
We're coming for the corrupt Trump & GOP! If the Russian scandal doesn't get u first, the Resistance will!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) April 19, 2017