Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to make a very BIG announcement that the GOP establishment is sure to be upset with. While Chaffetz is generally seen as a safe “conservative” voice by many on the right, the truth is that he is as much of an “establishment” politician as Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) or Paul Ryan (R-WI). In fact, just last week, Chaffetz had voiced his support for McCarthy as the next Speaker of the House… but a few days can change everything…
On Sunday Chaffetz dropped a bit of a bombshell on Fox:
Today, here, I am announcing my intention to run for speaker of the House of Representatives. We were entrusted by the American people with the largest majority the Republicans have ever had since Babe Ruth was swinging the baseball bat.
But they didn’t send us here to perpetuate the status quo. They want us to tackle the tough issues. They don’t want us to fight. They want us — they want us to fight — they want us to take that fight to the Senate. They want us to take that fight to the president, and they want us to take that fight to the American people.
Later on Fox News Sunday Brit Hume explained just how it is that someone like Chaffetz could make such a sudden move. And just in case you thought that we could go five minutes without talking about Donald Trump… we can’t. Hume attributes Chaffetz sudden decision to the rise of Trump.
While conservatives may hope that Chaffetz might offer a more conservative direction, the sad truth is that he has been on the side of the establishment on far too many votes to offer the change we are looking for.
Our best hope for a conservative turn in the House is for a Congressman like Justin Amash (R-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Daniel Webster (R-FL), or Marlin Stutzman (R-MI), among a few others. The big question is, could we get the House conservatives to unite behind just one candidate? If they could… then we might actually have a chance at seeing a conservative lead the House.