It looks like Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is jumping ship from Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to a lucrative gig at Fox News.
Chaffetz, as you may know, has announced he will not run for re-election in 2018 and he may not even finish out his term. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that his chairmanship puts him in the uncomfortable and politically perilous position of having to oversee the Trump administration after he so aggressively hammered the Obama administration.
So while he ducks out of one job and readies himself for his next (a run for governor and president are believed to be under consideration), Chaffetz can earn some good money and keep his name in the public eye of his base by joining Fox News. According to Washingtonian, that is exactly what's in the cards for him:
According to two GOP lawmakers who have spoken to Chaffetz directly and four senior House Republican aides, Chaffetz has been telling people he’ll take on what one source calls a “substantial role” in on-air talent at Fox News Channel, possibly as early as July, amplifying whispers that Chaffetz will not finish out his current term.
It is unclear what precise role Chaffetz may play at Fox, or if a deal has in fact been finalized. Spokespeople for Fox declined to return multiple requests for comment.
I'm going to go out on a limb and make a prediction: If Chaffetz does go to Fox, he will be hosting in prime time where Fox has been struggling since Bill O'Reilly left.
But first, Chaffetz took advantage of his Obamacare health insurance which he and his Republican colleagues want to take away from the rest of us. When the House Republicans passed Trumpcare, Chaffetz arrived for the vote on a scooter following surgery on his ankle - which, as a pre-existing condition, could enable a future insurer to deny coverage.
Jason Chaffetz, fresh from surgery FOR A PREEXISTING CONDITION, en route to sign death warrant for disabled children. pic.twitter.com/kHtrZc3YY7— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 4, 2017