Utah Rep. Chaf­fetz says he won’t run for re-elec­tion

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - WEATHER -

Utah Rep. Ja­son Chaf­fetz, a Repub­li­can who doggedly in­ves­ti­gated Hil­lary Clin­ton be­fore the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but de­clined to in­ves­ti­gate Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, abruptly an­nounced Wed­nes­day that he won’t run for re-elec­tion.

Chaf­fetz, who has been ru­mored as a pos­si­ble can­di­date for Se­nate or gov­er­nor, said that af­ter con­sult­ing with his fam­ily and “prayer­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, I have de­cided I will not be a can­di­date for any of­fice in 2018.”

Chaf­fetz, 50, had strolled to four easy re-elec­tions in his Repub­li­can­friendly con­gres­sional dis­trict. But he was fac­ing a sur­pris­ing chal­lenge from a Demo­cratic new­comer who raised more than a half-mil­lion dol­lars by tap­ping into anger over Chaf­fetz’s re­cent com­ment sug­gest­ing peo­ple should spend their money on health in­sur­ance in­stead of iPhones.

Po­lit­i­cal un­known Dr. Kathryn Allen has been trans­formed into a lib­eral hero for call­ing out Chaf­fetz on Twit­ter, gain­ing name recog­ni­tion.

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