According to reports, Chaffetz was giving up on life in Washington and would not be seeking reelection.
Shortly after that, the rumor mill was further whipped up, as it was revealed that Chaffetz would possibly bail his post before the current term was over.
After a short stint away to have emergency surgery on his foot, Chaffetz came barreling back, but it didn’t take long for the latest bit of news to emerge.
The Utah Republican, who announced in April he would not seek reelection in 2018, may have plans to take on a “substantial role” on air at Fox News, Washingtonian reported.
The report cited two GOP lawmakers and four senior House Republican aides who have knowledge of Chaffetz’s plans.
The role could start as early as July, according to the publication.
You have to imagine that talking about what goes on in Washington is likely much easier than actually working in Washington.
And the pay has to be better.
“Let’s just say that when Jason told us he was headed to Fox, no one was surprised,” one senior House Republican aide said.
A House Republican member close to Chaffetz said he was “gunning for it.”
“Fox was his first choice once he announced his plans,” the House Republican member said.
“He’s probably one of the most media-capable members in the House,” another senior House Republican aide said, “just based on total time spent on a television camera.”
Rep. Chaffetz has spent quite a bit of time on-camera with Fox News and other outlets.
Will this be the absolute end of Chaffetz in the realm of public service?
Probably not. He has indicated that he may run for office again one day, but that day won’t be in 2018.