Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who stunned Washington yesterday with the news that he is not running for reelection, might not even finish his remaining term.
Chaffetz told KSL News Radio’s Doug Wright that he may not finish out his full term through 2018. But he said he’s still debating the decision amid uncertainty over how Utah would establish a process to replace him early.
“I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early,” Chaffetz told the Utah radio host on Thursday.
Chaffetz on Wednesday announced he wouldn’t be on the ballot in 2018, either for a sixth term in the House or a bid for Senate. He cited a desire to spend more time with his family in Utah and return to the private sector.
His departure is all the more unusual given that the 2018 midterm elections are still 19 months away and that he’s one of the most ambitious and high-profile committee chairmen on Capitol Hill.