Chaffetz Running for House Speaker

Jason Chaffetz
FILE - I this April 29, 2015 file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Chaffetz of Utah is planning to run for House speaker in a surprise longshot challenge to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. That's according to three Republican aides with knowledge of the situation. All demanded anonymity to discuss Chaffetz's plans ahead of a public announcement. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says he’s running for House speaker in a long-shot challenge to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

Chaffetz – chairman of the high-profile House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – says voters and the public want Republicans to fight. He says the current House leaders don’t deserve an automatic promotion.

Chaffetz’s candidacy underscores turmoil in the House GOP little more than a week after Speaker John Boehner’s surprise resignation.

Chaffetz says McCarthy lacks the support to become speaker following a gaffe in which McCarthy suggested the purpose of the House’s Benghazi committee is to drive down Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers.

Chaffetz made the announcement on “Fox News Sunday.”

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