Report: Chaffetz Telling Colleagues He Is Going To Fox News

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has made no public announcement about what he plans to do after finishing out his final term in Congress, but he has been telling Capitol Hill colleagues he may soon head to Fox News, the Washingtonian reported Saturday.

Two Republican lawmakers who have spoken to Chaffetz, as well as four House Republican aides, told the newspaper that he said he plans to take on a “substantial” on-air position for the conservative news channel.

This move may come as early as July, according to the report—over a year and a half before his term in Congress would end.

TPM has reached out to Chaffetz’s office for comment.

The House Oversight chairman announced in April that he made “a personal decision to return to the private sector” and would run for no elected position in 2018, in part to spend more time with his family.

“I just turned 50,” he said on MSNBC. “I’m sleeping on a cot in my office.”

Chaffetz left the door open to holding political office in the future, telling the Deseret News he would take a “serious, serious look” at running for governor.

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