SALT LAKE CITY – Some members of Utah’s Congressional delegation are beginning to express support for Jason Chaffetz in his bid to be Speaker of the House, but Utah’s most-senior statesman says the run by Chaffetz increases the chances of creating chaos.
Senator Mike Lee spoke about Chaffetz, a Republican representing Utah’s Third Congressional District, and the run for House speaker.
“It’s exciting,” Lee said. “Jason Chaffetz is a friend, and Jason is an outstanding member of Congress. I think he would be an extraordinary Speaker of the House, and I wish him the very best of luck in that effort. I think he’s got a shot at it. It’s a difficult fight, but if there’s one person who’s up to the task it’s Jason Chaffetz.”
Senator Orrin Hatch told Politico Wednesday Chaffetz has the right to run, but that in doing so Chaffetz runs the risk of causing “chaos” that could disrupt Congress. Hatch told Politico some people believe Chaffetz lacks the necessary experience for the position.
Utah Rep. Mia Love, a Republican representing Utah’s Fourth Congressional District, stated Wednesday she was supporting Chaffetz for House speaker.
“The House of Representatives was designed to be closest to the people. I believe the Speaker of the House should be committed to raising the voice of the hardworking people who make this country great. With my vote for Speaker of the House, I want to put Utah first, and have someone whose priority is to vote on behalf of the people of Utah’s 4th district—who I live with and represent. That’s why I’m supporting Rep. Jason Chaffetz. If chosen, Jason would raise Utah’s voice in Washington in a most powerful way.”
House Republicans are expected to meet Thursday to discuss their nominee for Speaker of the House, and the full House votes October 29, which is the day before speaker John Boehner is set to resign.