Rep. Jason Chaffetz shed more light Wednesday on his reasons for abruptly leaving congress, citing financial concerns.
Chaffetz announced the beginning of a stint at Fox News this week, and he opened up about his struggles with congressional life on the conservative news station.
“I mean, look, we’re paid a very handsome salary, but our home is in Utah. I didn’t move to Washington, D.C in my office,” Chaffetz said on Fox News.
Chaffetz has called for elected officials to receive a $2,500 living stipend when in Washington DC.
“And faced with another 100 to 200 nights a year where my wife’s by herself in Utah and I’m in a cot in Washington, D.C. — as nice as the salary is — I can’t afford to have two places and have a quality of life I’d like to have at this point,” he said.
It was enough to drive the politician to retire a year before his tenure was set to expire, and a reminder not all of them are rich.
“If you’re not a multimillionaire, you got dozens and dozens of us that can’t afford two mortgages, kids in college and other types of things,” he said. “It’s very expensive in Washington, D.C.”
Chaffetz has shown little regret over his decision, tweeting “bye bye” to his old office cot Wednesday.
Bye Bye pic.twitter.com/9nBcwohWIs
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) June 29, 2017
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