Representative Chaffetz isn’t ruling out an early exit


Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – New questions are coming up surrounding the surprise announcement from Representative Jason Chaffetz. Is he going to leave office early, and if so, what happens?

Wednesday, Chaffetz turned the political landscape in Utah upside down. He announced he will not run for any political office in 2018.

But, what about between now and then?

In a statement to ABC4 Utah, the congressman says:

“My future plans are not yet finalized, but I haven’t ruled out the possibility of leaving early.”

That is raising some questions.

“I think there probably is a little bit of uncertainty as far as what the process is, because we’ve never done it before,” said Governor Gary Herbert, (R) Utah.

The governor says he’ll let the attorney general, and legal experts guide the process, but the way he sees it now the state will hold a special election, just like any other election.

“That means delegates will have to get together, and they’ll have the convention process for anybody who wants to run, that may require a primary and then we’ll have a general, as it were in a constricted time frame,” said Herbert.

The governor says unless he learns otherwise, a special election would not require a special session with the legislature to figure out the rules.

In the meantime, Chaffetz also tells us he has a job to do in congress, and he has no plans of slowing down.

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