Boehner didn't want Chaffetz to run for Senate
Published: April 30, 2012 12:02PM
Updated: April 30, 2012 12:02PM
A behind-the-scenes book on the House of Representatives offers new details on Rep. Jason Chaffetz's decision not to run against Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Basically, House Speaker John Boehner tried to talk him out of it.

The book, "Do Not Ask What Good We Do," written by Robert Draper, outlines Chaffetz's meeting with Boehner, where he sought the Speaker's advice on a possible Senate run.

"You'll enjoy it more over here," the book quotes Boehner as saying. "There's action. If you're a serious legislator, you can really dive down into an issue — you can really own it on this side. And we need more specialists."

The book says Boehner reminded Chaffetz of the high turnover in the House and the chance for a rapid rise up the ranks. "It was the most persuasive argument Jason Chaffetz had heard for staying in the House," the book reads.

And the Utah Republican did eventually take Boehner's advice, much to the chagrin of tea party groups who saw him as the best chance to defeat Hatch.

Chaffetz easily claimed his party's nomination earlier this month and is a huge favorite to get re-elected to a third term in November. He already leads a subcommittee in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

-- Matt Canham
Twitter: @mattcanham