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US Representative Jason Chaffetz, Online Gambling Antagonist, Won’t Seek Reelection to Congress

US Representative Jason Chaffetz, Online Gambling Antagonist, Won’t Seek Reelection to Congress

US Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is walking away from politics and Congress that is departing when term expires in 2018. The House Oversight Committee chairman said he’s following the path he’s long championed: that public service should be for a limited time and not become a lifetime career in an announcement posted to Facebook.

US Rep. Jason Chaffetz has taken in enough of Congress, and that’s just fine with online gambling advocates.

Chaffetz’ departure is good news for on line gambling. The Utahan has become a leading sponsor of anti-internet gaming legislation, primarily their authoring and introducing of RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act.

Though RAWA gained little traction in Congress (despite billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s attempted persuasion through campaign bucks), Chaffetz saying he’s leaving town is really a welcomed development to many online gamblers and casino operators that are committed to internet gaming.

The Republican legislator has quickly become a rising star in the GOP in recent years, as he’s overseen the Congressional investigation into Hillary Clinton’s utilization of an exclusive e-mail host during her time as United States Secretary of State. Chaffetz grilled the former First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate, and the scrutiny provided plenty of headlines and talking points for Republicans and Donald Trump during the recent election.

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