MSNBC host Chuck Todd interviewed Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) who described why he decided to quit his role in Congress. He began by stating that being with his family played a large part, but much of his answer surrounds his doubts about Congress’s ability to accomplish anything.
“And then you add to it a dose of reality that the things you’ve been fighting for and hoping to pass and bring to the floor,” said Chaffetz, “even when you get something as bipartisan as my immigration bill which has 230 co-sponsors, it has no prospects of coming to the floor and at some point you just gotta say, ‘you know what I gotta get off this crazy train.’”
“When your attitude kinda sours, it’s time to hang up the cleats,” he conceded.
“Are you cynical?” questioned Todd.
“I am a little bit you know, and I’ve changed,” Chaffetz stated. “I was very optimistic. I was working sixteen hours a day.”
“Yeah! You’re one of these, you’re the first member that I dealt with that was, loved texting folks, you sort of, you seemed to love this job,” exclaimed Todd “It was startling to see you, if you’d have said you were quitting to start running for the U.S. Senate, or that would have made sense, that’s what made it surprising.”
“I love the work, but I love my family more and it’s hard for a lot of people to understand that, but there’s also a lot of frustration in this job, in this work, in this role,” Chaffetz declared. “I looked at the reality at what we were gonna be able to get done and get passed, how much I’m missing my family.”
First reported by TheBlaze