Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday he might not finish his current term in Congress, one day after shocking the political world by announcing he doesn't plan to run for his seat again in 2018.
KSL Radio host Doug Wright quoted Chaffetz as saying during an interview earlier on his show that he's not sure if he'll finish out the current term in the House.
"I will continue to weigh the options but I might depart early," Chaffetz said, as relayed by Wright.
Chaffetz announced his plans to leave Congress 10 years after he was first elected to represent Utah's 3rd Congressional district on Wednesday. He told Wright there's no political reason that he wants to step aside, but instead he's looking to take advantage of some opportunities in the private sector.
In his statement, Chaffetz said he spends too many nights away from his family and wants to spend more time with them. He issued a pre-emptive warning to anyone who thinks there's some sort of scandalous reason why he didn't want to run.
"For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins," he said. "I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector."
Chaffetz has said he won't run for any office in 2018, ruling out a bid to challenge Republican Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch for his seat. However, many have speculated that he might want to run for governor in Utah in 2020.