.. Although Cannon was one of the most conservative members of the House, Chaffetz ran to his right.
.. Chaffetz announced at the start of the congressional term, in 2009, that he would be sleeping on a cot in his office, rather than renting a Washington, D.C., apartment. Chaffetz said, “I’m trying to live the example that it doesn’t take big dollars in order to get where we want to go. I can save my family $1,500 a month by sleeping on a cot in my office as opposed to getting a fancy place that’s maybe a little bit more comfortable
.. Chaffetz has been criticized for politicizing the Benghazi incident, acknowledging in an interview with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien that he had “voted to cut the funding for embassy security” and that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010. “Absolutely,” he said. “Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country.”
.. In a September 2015 hearing, Chaffetz questioned Planned Parenthood‘s president Cecile Richards on her salary, and displayed a chart he claimed was taken from Planned Parenthood’s annual report, but sources confirm the claim the chart was actually taken from Americans United for Life chart data that was deliberately manipulated using questionable dual-axis charting methodologies. Experts in data presentation said this was an egregious example of using a chart to mislead.
.. Following the Donald Trump Access Hollywood controversy, on October 7, 2016, Rep. Chaffetz was the first GOP Congressperson to rescind his endorsement of GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. “I can’t endorse somebody who acts and thinks like this.