Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, House Oversight Committee chair (and noted serial Hillary Clinton/Benghazi investigation-launcher), announced he won't run for re-election in 2018, leaving his House seat up for grabs.
He is one of nine House Republicans who have resigned or announced plans to retire in 2018, four of whom left to join Trump's administration and sparked special elections like the one in Georgia Tuesday night in which Democrat Jon Ossoff almost avoided a runoff for Rep. Tom Price's old seat.
A former Chaffetz aide told Reuters the congressman may seek to run for Utah governor in 2020, though no firm decision had been made yet.
"Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in the United States House of Representatives".
On thing Chaffetz' announcement does do is provide adequate time for Republicans to organize and run effective, well-funded campaigns for the 3rd District. According to an intel community source, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has learned that Russian Federation has "kompromat" blackmail material on Chaffetz and has been using it to keep him in line with regard to Trump's Russian Federation scandal. In January, he hauled Walter Shaub, the head of the Office of Government Ethics, into a closed-door meeting after Shaub criticized Trump's plan to turn over day-to-day control of his corporation to his sons. "I spend 1500-plus nights away from my family".
In her retweet, Watson wrote, "Chaffetz not seeking re-election will raise more questions about this". During heated debate over the security problems within the Secret Service the agency tasked with protecting the president accessed personal information about Chaffetz and ultimately apologized for the wrongful invasion of privacy.
According to CNN's Manu Raju, Chaffetz's full support from Paul Ryan runs deep. In part, that's because the Oversight Committee has done some outstanding work under his leadership, work that could still potentially bring down some of the biggest political con artists of the last half century.
Political unknown Dr. Kathryn Allen has been transformed into a liberal hero for calling out Chaffetz on Twitter, gaining an early boost in name recognition.
Whatever he decides, it is nearly certain that we won't have seen the last of Chaffetz when he leaves office in 2019.
"People around the country are optimistic about the Blue Tsunami taking place, and [Georgia Democrat Jon] Ossoff came sooooo close that everyone can see that it is possible to win in a deeply red district", Allen wrote in a text message.
Chaffetz, who has also considered running for the Senate, said Wednesday he will return to the private sector, though he did not provide more detail. His razor sharp mind, expansive knowledge and gift for communicating will serve him well when he transitions into the private sector.