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Jason Chaffetz Runs For Speaker Of The House Amid GOP Divide

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced his interest in the position of speaker of the House.

By Sebastian Martinez | October 4, 2015

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is running for speaker of the House.

Chaffetz made his announcement in a letter, saying more than 50 other representatives won't support current party leadership (a.k.a. John Boehner's right-hand man Kevin McCarthy) when they vote Thursday night. (Video via MSNBC)

While it's something of a long shot, Chaffetz's bid highlights the divide within the GOP between the establishment and hard-line conservatives. (Video via C-SPAN)

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Chaffetz currently serves as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

As chairman, Chaffetz has led investigations of the Secret Service. A recent report revealed the service circulated personal information about Chaffetz in retaliation. (Video via C-SPAN)

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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