Musical chairs, anyone?
A report has surface that Rep. Jason Chaffetz may be exchanging his U.S. House seat for a different one on the Fox News Channel.
scoop: Jason Chaffetz has been telling House Republicans that he’s headed to Fox News, won’t finish out his term. https://t.co/rTxTVnyGrP
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) May 13, 2017
This news came several weeks after the Utah Republican announced that a medical emergency would force him to remain off the House floor for an extended period.
The Washingtonian reported that although Chaffetz is keeping his options open — including a possible run for Utah governor — a Fox News position may be in the works. The publication reported:
According to two GOP lawmakers who have spoken to Chaffetz directly and four senior House Republican aides, Chaffetz has been telling people he’ll take on what one source calls a “substantial role” in on-air talent at Fox News Channel, possibly as early as July, amplifying whispers that Chaffetz will not finish out his current term.
In his capacity as as chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz was a frequent guest on the cable news giant, and with the departure of Bill O’Reilly, its flagship talent, he would appear to be a welcome addition at first glance.
He first offered a hint of what may come last month when he posted his decision to not seek re-election on his Facebook page.
“After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” Chaffetz wrote, adding that he he made “a personal decision to return to the private sector.”
The report continued:
It is unclear what precise role Chaffetz may play at Fox, or if a deal has in fact been finalized. Spokespeople for Fox declined to return multiple requests for comment.
And a Chaffetz-Fox relationship could be a good fit.
“Let’s just say that when Jason told us he was headed to Fox, no one was surprised,” says one senior House Republican aide.
“I know he was gunning for it,” a GOP House member close to Chaffetz said. “Fox was his first choice once he announced his plans” not to seek reelection.
“He’s probably one of the most media-capable members in the House,” adds another senior House Republican aide, “just based on total time spent on a television camera.”
As for the “musical chairs,” longtime Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is reportedly in the president’s eye as a possible replacement to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
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