Chaffetz Skipping GOP Convention for Overseas Travel

Jason Chaffetz 02Rep. Jason Chaffetz is not attending next week’s GOP convention in Cleveland. Instead, he will be leading an overseas trip with several of his Congressional colleagues.

Bloomberg reports Chaffetz is taking six other Republicans and two Democrats on his sojourn to the  Middle East and Europe.

A confirmation list sent to some House members’ offices shows that those expecting to join Chaffetz on his trip are Republicans Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming; Gary Palmer of Alabama; Mark Walker of North Carolina; Jody Hice of Georgia; Reid Ribble of Wisconsin; Mia Love of Utah and Bruce Westerman of Arkansas. Democrat Mike Quigley of Illinois is also listed. Chaffetz says Democrat Mark DeSaulnier of California is going, too.


Love won’t go on the trip and will work in her district instead, said her spokesman, Richard Piatt, in an e-mail on Wednesday.


Chaffetz said planning for his trip began in March. He noted that Congress starts its summer break next week, which is traditionally a period where members of Congress travel abroad, ostensibly for first-hand fact-finding and meetings with foreign leaders. 


But Chaffetz also noted that while he will support the party’s presidential nominee, he’d backed Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who dropped out of the race.

Other big name Republicans who are not attending the GOP Convention include Mitt Romney, both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush and Sen. John McCain.