Jason Chaffetz Announces Immediate Emergency Leave of Absence

Coming on the heels (no pun intended) of his announcement that he will not seek reelection and that he may not even finish his current term, this is a surprise.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would be taking an emergency medical leave of absence from Congress for up to a month.

Said Chaffetz:

“Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair. Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage. The University of Utah doctors now recommend immediate surgery to remove all the hardware or I could be at risk for serious infection,” Chaffetz wrote in an Instagram post.

He also posted a photo of the x-ray, showing the screws in his foot.

That certainly looks painful, and I can see where there might arise issues requiring removal, at some point.

“I’m sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington. This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient. I appreciate my constituent’s patience and understanding as I take time to recover,” Chaffetz added.

It seems like Chaffetz has a lot going on.