It looks like that crazy rumor about Rep. Jason Chaffetz stepping down from Congress to take a job with Fox News Channel may be coming true.
UtahPolicy.com first reported last month that a rumor was circulating in Utah Republican circles that Chaffetz was going to resign his seat in Congress to take an on-air slot with Fox News. Now the Washingtonian Magazine reports Chaffetz has been telling his Republican colleagues in Congress that he will take a “substantial role” with Fox, possibly as early as July.
“Let’s just say that when Jason told us he was headed to Fox, no one was surprised,” says one senior House Republican aide.
Says a House Republican member close to Chaffetz: “I know he was gunning for it…Fox was his first choice once he announced his plans” not to seek reelection.
“He’s probably one of the most media-capable members in the House,” adds another senior House Republican aide, “just based on total time spent on a television camera.”
If Chaffetz does step down, Gov. Gary Herbert would have to call a special election t fill Chaffetz’s seat.