According to people familiar with the matter, the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz plans to leave Congress to join Fox News. Chaffetz indirectly confirmed the news when he said he wouldn’t be running for reelection.
Chaffetz Eyes ‘Substantial Role’ at Fox
The announcement finally provides an explanation to the Republican’s abrupt retirement from Washington’s political life. According to some reports, Chaffetz could resign prematurely as he wants to spend more time with his family.
Some of his fellow party members said the lawmaker told them what his plans are after he leaves Washington. One source said he would accept a ‘substantial role’ at Fox News, and he could appear on the air as early as July. Sources said that when Jason broke the news about Fox, no one was surprised.
It is unclear what the ‘substantial role’ may mean, but it suggests Chaffetz may be more than a guest commentator. If Fox gives him a separate show, it would be the third time a Republican hosts a program on the news network. John Kasich and Mike Huckabee used to have their shows even when they ran for public office. Chaffetz himself has plans to become the governor of Utah at some point.
The GOP-Fox News Romance
It is worth noting the line between the GOP and Fox News is becoming increasingly blurry. The president worked for Fox News in the past as he had a weekly segment called “Mondays with Trump.” Other GOP politicians who appeared on Fox are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Lower-profile GOPers have also provided guest commentaries for the network: Dana Perino, John Bolton, and Karl Rove.
Moreover, the Trump administration includes several former Foxies like Richard Grennell, Ben Carson, Heather Nauert, Jonathan Wachtel, and Sebastian Gorka. Plus, the administration recently announced Fox News correspondent Scott Brown would serve as U.S. envoy to New Zealand.
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