5 Facts You Need To Know About House Speaker Candidate Jason Chaffetz

5 Facts You Need To Know About House Speaker Candidate Jason Chaffetz

Congressman Jason Chaffetz recently announced he’s running for Speaker of the House to replace John Boehner.

>>>Here are 5 things about Chaffetz you may not know:
1. He Targeted Conservative Fave Mark Meadows On Behalf Of Boehner.

Chaffetz presents himself as the “conservative option” to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the race to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. However, the problem for Chaffetz seems to be he has a history of saying “how high?” when Boehner asks him to jump.

It was Mark Meadows of North Carolina who was instrumental in Boehner’s departure, and Meadows has long been a thorn in Boehner’s side. Chaffetz could be counted on to do pretty much whatever Boehner wanted, and earlier this year, after defying Boehner on a hot button procedural vote, Chaffetz ripped Meadows from his spot as a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee Chairman.

2. He’s Obsessed With The TV Show “Modern Family.”

Politico reports Chaffetz is Modern Family’s “number one fan.”

“We binge watch Modern Family, Chaffetz said. “All the time! We just love that show!”

3. He Was The Subject Of A Secret Service Revenge Plot.

Private information regarding Chaffetz was released to media outlets by Secret Service officials who wanted a dose of revenge, seeking to embarrass the legislator after they were upset with the Utah Congressman’s push to hold the agency accountable for multiple controversies.

According to the Washington Post:

“An assistant director of the Secret Service urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday.

“Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. “Just to be fair.”

Two days later, a news Web site reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, had applied to be a Secret Service agent in 2003 and been rejected.”

4. He Personally Writes His Own Tweets.

Rather than let staff handle his Twitter account as most legislators, Chaffetz personally writes his own tweets.

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune:

“Chaffetz promised that all tweets will come directly from him, even as his schedule becomes more hectic.

“I think it will work because it is limited to one or two sentences,” he said. Even though other people can respond directly to the new congressman, don’t expect Chaffetz to start a back and forth.

“I’m looking at this as much more of a one-way tool,” he said.”

5. He Used To Play Football In College+Later Worked For Jon Huntsman.

According to his House bio:

“After finishing the 1988-89 football season as Brigham Young University’s starting placekicker, he graduated with a B.A. in Communications.  He spent 16 years in the local business community, where he specialized in corporate communications work and ultimately owned his own communications firm.  Prior to running for Congress, he served as campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. from 2003 to 2005.”

>>>Also:  He’s married with three kids.

-He was elected in 2008, before the 2010 tea party wave…He is part of Utah’s Congressional Delegation.

-His voting record gets a score of 81% from Heritage Action.

-And he sleeps in his office…