Chaffetz Battles for Oversight Gavel

The Washington Examiner interviews Rep. Jason Chaffetz about his bid to replace Darrell Issa as chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chaffetz is locked in a tight intra-party race for the chairman’s gavel with two Ohioans, Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Turner.

Reports Sean Lengell:

Chaffetz, who was elected to the House in 2009 and is a frequent guest on TV news channels, is considered a low-risk choice who would be a good public ambassador.

Chaffetz told the Washington Examiner that if elected he would continue some of the committee’s work that began under Issa’s watch, such as investigations into the IRS, Secret Service and the Justice Department’s handling of the “Fast and Furious” gun operation.

“There are some [other] investigations that are still early in the process that will ultimately lead to big and very newsworthy hearings, and there are some duties within Oversight that have to be addressed that are maybe not as sexy, such as postal reform,” Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz said Oversight “potentially” could investigate remarks made by Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was an architect of Obama’s healthcare law. A maelstrom erupted this week when tapes surfaced of him telling an audience last year that a lack of transparency, aided by “the stupidity of the American voter,” was largely to explain for Obamacare’s 2010 passage.