Salt Lake Tribune — A week after Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s shocking revelation that he would not seek re-election in 2018 — and might not finish the remainder of his term — the congressman announced that he will be further sidelined for three to four weeks to recover from emergency foot surgery.
Chaffetz hurt his foot about 12 years ago, when he fell off a ladder while working in his garage, he said. “Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico,” he joked.
According to the Republican congressman, he shattered several bones, requiring 14 screws and a metal plate to be installed to repair the damage. The injury forced him into bed rest and onto crutches, but even as it healed, Chaffetz already had virtually disappeared from his job as then-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s chief of staff.
The congressman is scheduled to fly home Thursday morning and go into surgery in the afternoon at University Hospital. The pain in his foot has flared up in recent months, he said, and doctors will remove the hardware to reduce risk of an infection.
“I’ve got an angry foot,” Chaffetz said. “I will miss more than a couple of day of votes, but it’s unavoidable. It has absolutely nothing to do with my other announcement. But I have to deal with it.”
I was just thinking it had been five or so minutes since we had a Jason Chaffetz story, so can’t say I’m surprised by this. Guy needs headlines like Snoop Dogg needs blunts.
When I first opened this, I thought it might be a bullshit cop-out reason he mysteriously isn’t running for re-election in 2018, but he claims it has nothing to do with his “other announcement” (we talked about this on this week’s podcast if you need to catch up). I wouldn’t have believed it for a second anyway, so at least he’s not feeding us complete and total garbage, which I’ll give the man a crumb of credit for.
What I won’t give him credit for is his toughness and compete level. Yes, having 14 screws and a plate removed sounds like pretty major surgery, but it’s not like he’s returning to the football field — it’s Congress for Christ’s sake. There’s guys in there who are in their eighties. You don’t think those guys’ feet hurt every now and again? What about these older ladies who have to wear heels every day? My girl, 64-year-old Susan Collins (R-ME) DIDN’T EVEN MISS A DAY WHEN SHE BROKE HER ANKLE. She would be back after this surgery in like 3 days and probably throw a lobster right at Chaffetz’s balls.
Based on this, I think it’s safe to say Maine tough > Utah tough. Maybe Ray and I should purposely get similar injuries and see who comes back faster, though I think we all know what the answer would be.
In all honesty though, if Patrice Bergeron can play in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals with multiple broken ribs, then Chaffetz can sack up, pop a couple of percs and get back to the office. Not like he’s even doing anything as current Chair of the House Oversight Committee — we’ve got the most scumbaggy (technical term) President in the history of Presidents and the best we can apparently do is investigate a couple guys who have already been fired because, you know, Republicans and stuff.
But then again, what else should we expect from a former BYU kicker who missed not one, not two, but THREE extra points in his senior year (more like Jason Shanketz amirite)? #kickerTough.