Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz resting after 'successful' foot surgery Lawmakers reintroduce online sales tax bills DHS head: Not concerned Flynn may have been influenced by foreign nation MORE (R-Utah) is already plotting his next moves.
“I started poking around to see what I might be worth and what sort of possibilities are there,” Chaffetz said. "And I got a series of ‘Let us know when you’re serious.’ Well now I can say, ‘Can you tell I am serious?'"
The Utah Republican was first elected in 2008, and has since become the chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee. His decision not to seek reelection stunned many.
Despite speculation about the reasons for Chaffetz's departure, he told Politico there's no hidden scandal forcing his hand.
“Not in any way shape or form,” he said. “I’ve been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine. From the Secret Service to the Democratic Party. I am who I am. If they had something really scandalous, it would’ve come out a long, long time ago.”
He said making his departure announcement early will let him "see what is out there" and pursue other options.