Video: Chaffetz endorses Rubio, will join him in campaigning

posted at 8:01 pm on January 6, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

First Trey Gowdy, and now Jason Chaffetz. Marco Rubio seems to be gaining most of the endorsements from the newer vanguard of Congressional Republicans, and the endorsements stand in contrast to the lack of same for his colleague Ted Cruz. But will this help Rubio, or just not matter in a very unusual primary environment?

“Marco Rubio – he is the real thing. He is a great conservative. He has a great record and I think he would be just an amazing president,” Chaffetz says in this NBC News exclusive. “I think as people firm up their decisions, they’ve got to take a good hard look at all the candidates. I am not going to tell them who to vote for but I’ve looked at them all and I think Marco Rubio is the right person.”

When it comes to Trump, Chaffetz says Rubio’s positive message will, er, trump the frontrunner. “We need to share a positive message about why we need a conservative and Marco Rubio is the best I’ve seen.”

Politico had reported on it earlier in the morning, noting that Rubio is mainly competing with Jeb Bush for the endorsement sweepstakes. And at the moment, he seems to be winning:

Rubio is locked in a crowded race with other center-right candidates Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie in the nation’s first GOP primary state, but Rubio is gathering more momentum in the halls of Congress than any other GOP presidential candidate. While Bush shot out to an early lead in terms of congressional endorsements, Chaffetz joins a swelling group of high-profile lawmakers backing Rubio.

Since the beginning of November, 17 House and Senate Republicans have endorsed Rubio, including Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy and former House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who campaigned with Rubio earlier this week in New Hampshire. In that same time period two House members and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) have endorsed Bush, according 538’s endorsement tracker.

Senior Republican lawmakers and aides in Congress believe that Rubio is in line for more Senate endorsements now that Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has dropped out of the race, but to date just three of Rubio’s Senate colleagues have endorsed him.

As far as this goes, it’s good news for Rubio. Given how Trump went on the attack against Gowdy after his endorsement last month, Chaffetz might want to prepare for a short onslaught — but then again, Chaffetz is already pretty good about returning fire as it is. No one can say that Chaffetz doesn’t fight, and Rubio can benefit from having him as a surrogate to maintain his own positive style, should Chaffetz decide to get that involved in the race.

The bigger question is whether any of this matters in the 2016 cycle. Endorsements in any cycle are more valuable for appeals to authority rather than bringing in significant numbers of voters, but even that seems limited in this environment. Politics in both parties is being driven by an anti-establishment fervor, which makes Congressional endorsements even less valuable than usual. Chaffetz and Gowdy may be valuable on the ground for campaign events, and their relatively recent arrivals in Congress may mitigate the “establishment” vibe that Capitol Hill endorsements carry, but this seems more like a game for insiders than anything that will impact the trajectory of the race.

It also seems a little odd to tout endorsements from Congress after Rubio’s statement about the futility of trying to change America with Senators and Congressmen, but YMMV. The best one can say is that this won’t hurt.


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Chaffetz is another paid off back stabbing RINO. I have no use for him.

Mr. Arrogant on January 6, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Does this really help? Doesn’t do a thing for me and I have nothing against these gentlemen.

Cindy Munford on January 6, 2016 at 8:05 PM

When Chaffetz announced that he might seek the Speakership I was very hesitant to support him as I knew he was a big Romney supporter and amnesty shill. Some said that Chaffetz isn’t an amnesty shill, but this endorsement proves that he is among the worse establishment hacks in the business. Nevertheless, anybody would have been better than the RINO Ryan as Speaker.

anotherJoe on January 6, 2016 at 8:06 PM

The hacks are really showing themselves this year.

HornetSting on January 6, 2016 at 8:06 PM

But will this help Rubio, or just not matter in a very unusual primary environment?

Well, that depends on what show this Chaffetz person is on.

— I guess he’s on A&E or something?

Axe on January 6, 2016 at 8:07 PM

I’m shocked, just shocked!, that Romney’s most vociferous, unhinged supporter is all in for Rubio.

besser tot als rot on January 6, 2016 at 8:08 PM

I feel almost embarrassed seeing folks waking to this liberal republicans porn.

So sad.

Magicjava on January 6, 2016 at 8:09 PM

I feel almost embarrassed seeing folks wanking to this liberal republicans porn.

So sad. Spell checker also sucks.

Magicjava on January 6, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Both Chaffetz and Gowdy are pro-amnesty. Speaks rather plainly to their target market.

lineholder on January 6, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Do we think that Rubio will accept the support of Mr. Chaffetz, a member of what Rubio considers ISIS’s Washington lobbying firm?

besser tot als rot on January 6, 2016 at 8:12 PM

Both Chaffetz and Gowdy are pro-amnesty. Speaks rather plainly to their target market.

lineholder on January 6, 2016 at 8:11 PM

And Rubio thinks that they’re both in DC doing the work of ISIS.

besser tot als rot on January 6, 2016 at 8:13 PM

But will this help Rubio, or just not matter in a very unusual primary environment?

Of course it’ll help Rubio, Ed!

Face it, Gowdy’s endorsement has him up what? .05?

jersey taxpayer on January 6, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Both Chaffetz and Gowdy are pro-amnesty.

lineholder on January 6, 2016 at 8:11 PM

That suggests that these endorsements are going to hurt Rubio more than they help. They just confirm our worst fears about Rubio the Betrayer.

Rubio tells Latinos in Spanish what he really thinks about amnesty.

Schumer called Rubio “our type of Republican.”

Images of Schumer & Rubio yakking it up after passing amnesty.

The only reason to support Rubio is if you love Chuck Schumer and want him to have his favorite sock puppet in the White House. I guess that’s what the Ultimate RINOs Chaffetz and Gowdy want.

anotherJoe on January 6, 2016 at 8:17 PM

Face it, Gowdy’s endorsement has him up what? .05?

jersey taxpayer on January 6, 2016 at 8:16 PM

“.05?” Is that in .. percent? Or in number of votes?

besser tot als rot on January 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

No surprise.
Cant stand this guy Chaffetz
He needs a primary opponent.

james23 on January 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

I know he’s not on Lifetime. I spent most of the Christmas season on Lifetime and Hallmark, and he wasn’t on those.

Axe on January 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

This Chaffetz is a pathetic and obvious Democrat operative. He worked his butt off to undermine the Benghazi hearings by constantly trying to change the subject and move the focus onto so many pointless things that you never have time to focus on one thing. Especially when things started getting too hot for Hillary. I said the same thing at the time right here.

Buddahpundit on January 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Isn’t ChBaffetz the idiot that told the press that the Benghazi investigation was all political. Yeah that’s the type of idiot I want campaigning for me..//

melle1228 on January 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

…Chamber of Commerce Chaffetz?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 6, 2016 at 8:21 PM

melle1228 on January 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

I think that was McCarthy.

Cindy Munford on January 6, 2016 at 8:22 PM

in a very unusual primary environment?

I especially enjoyed that phraseology, Mr. Morrissey.

Care to take a peek at what makes this a “very unusual primary environment — in spectacular photos, investigative reports, et al on the top four or five Republican candidates?

My best guess is that kind of blog would put Hot Air, therefore Salem Media in the spotlight. I needn’t wonder why they don’t ‘go there.’

jersey taxpayer on January 6, 2016 at 8:22 PM

I know he’s not on Lifetime. I spent most of the Christmas season on Lifetime and Hallmark, and he wasn’t on those.

Axe on January 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

LOL. I know you’re joking, but….my dad, may God bless his romantic, Christmas-loving heart, must have recorded every Christmas movie Hallmark had on this year.

lineholder on January 6, 2016 at 8:23 PM

Chaffetz?? Lol!! Just like trey gowdy, only slightly more feminine…..

Indiana Jim on January 6, 2016 at 8:23 PM

besser tot als rot on January 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM

heh – depends on the pollster

wise guy!

jersey taxpayer on January 6, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Good question Ed. The answer I got was twofold. Rubio will be able to reach back into their campaigns for help on the statewide and local issues he is not familiar with. And at the same time, he will have extra manpower for his ground game, while denying the same to his rivals. This could work if the normal campaign metrics reasserts themselves. The acid test for Rubio on this is super Tuesday. Game within the game. Good post Ed.

flackcatcher on January 6, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Big whoop. Chaffetz voted for the Obama/Ryan omnibus spending bill.

His endorsement should mean squat for any conservative.

batter on January 6, 2016 at 8:28 PM

Open borders to the third world and WWIII with Russia.

Whats not to love?

Rubio! Rubio! Rubio!

VorDaj on January 6, 2016 at 8:28 PM

Now I remember. Jason Chaffetz was one of Boehner’s boys who removed a good conservative from a committee chair to punish him. Chaffetz then reversed course when he caught too much political push back.

If Jason Chaffetz is backing Marco Rubio, that’s another good reason to look for a different candidate.

RJL on January 6, 2016 at 8:32 PM

I don’t put much faith in any politician so this really doesn’t matter to me.

Going to vote for whoever I think will “Make America Great Again”. :)

Barred on January 6, 2016 at 8:33 PM

This seems a bit desperate to me.

Cindy Munford on January 6, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Jason Chaffetz endorsed Rubio!

Game changer….It’s over and I’m packing my political thoughts in my shaving kit marked 2015 for posterity..

I hate it when this happens! WTF?

celt on January 6, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Chaffetz is another paid off back stabbing RINO. I have no use for him.

Mr. Arrogant on January 6, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Fuc**ng joke. Chaffetz is a solid conservative. Your Trump is a fraud.

AYNBLAND on January 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

flackcatcher on January 6, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Heh.

I haven’t the time to log on often, but now I get your earlier comment on Trump’s ground game thread.

You’re ‘all-in’ for rubio.

Hey, good luck w/that!

jersey taxpayer on January 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

So, out of what holes does Chaffetz bleed? Trump will tell us soon.

Gelsomina on January 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM

AYNBLAND on January 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

^sweet tears

jersey taxpayer on January 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM

You can just picture the GOPee machine offering all kinds of bribes and promises of money, campaign help, cushy lobbying jobs once they’re primaried, etc. for these tools.

“Why Jason, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for Rubio?”

ShainS on January 6, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Does this really help? Doesn’t do a thing for me and I have nothing against these gentlemen.

Cindy Munford on January 6, 2016 at 8:05 PM

My guess – just speculation – is that Rubio is going to roll out an endorsement a week culminating in a Romney endorsement. The idea (IMO) is to build an establishment “tide” for Rubio. To make it seem like the tide is rising for rubio.

I think you are right that it’s not a game changer. They kicked it off with the “rock star” Gowdy and I doubt it had the impact they hoped for but it does make him look more important than Bush and Christie. Rubio is probably going to end up as the protest vote against Trump after IA.

Cruz’s endorsements are IA focused and probably helped though I think Cruz peaked early –
rump has screwed the whole thing up for everyone.

BoxHead1 on January 6, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Trump not rump

BoxHead1 on January 6, 2016 at 8:45 PM

I love how all the rino progressive pigs are outing themselves. Hopefully after this election we’ll never hear from any of the scum sucking pigs again.

Andy__B on January 6, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Chaffetz is a solid conservative.
AYNBLAND on January 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

You were a big fan of omnibus, weren’t you? Rubio is the only member of congress running for president who didn’t vote against omnibus, so Chaffetz’s support was obvious in the coming.

Buddahpundit on January 6, 2016 at 8:47 PM

I’m okay with this, and hold no ill will to Chafetz. Not on board with the immigration litmus test as to what is or is not a RINO.

guido911 on January 6, 2016 at 8:48 PM

Fuc**ng joke. Chaffetz is a solid conservative. Your Trump is a fraud.

AYNBLAND on January 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Now I remember. Jason Chaffetz was one of Boehner’s boys who removed a good conservative from a committee chair to punish him. Chaffetz then reversed course when he caught too much political push back.
RJL on January 6, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Big whoop. Chaffetz voted for the Obama/Ryan omnibus spending bill.
batter on January 6, 2016 at 8:28 PM

Just the type conservative we need eh AnnieBlech? PS, the thread is about Chaffie/Rubio…not Trump. Stick around though, he’ll be here soon but you put your dyppie on so you don’t make a mess.

arnold ziffel on January 6, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Jason Chaffetz supports amnesty and increased foreign labor visas

http://www.alipac.us/f8/jason-chaffetz-supports-amnesty-increased-foreign-labor-visas-324075/

Garyinaz66 on January 6, 2016 at 8:59 PM

Like I said…there are a lot of stupid politicians in the GOP. It is becoming increasingly clear why this congress cannot stop Obama, pass Democrat budget bills, and spend all their time in committees.

They are just not good at their job.

William Eaton on January 6, 2016 at 9:00 PM

William Eaton on January 6, 2016 at 9:00 PM

It’s also increasingly clear why Trump has the crowds (yuuuge) at his rallies.

jersey taxpayer on January 6, 2016 at 9:04 PM

It is becoming increasingly clear why this congress cannot stop Obama

One caveat, Mr. Eaton.

THIS ‘congress’ could — IF they had the will.

THEY don’t.

Thus Trump.

jersey taxpayer on January 6, 2016 at 9:07 PM

Congress has been the group of people attacking my way of life and enabling Obama to attack it even more. Getting endorsements from the go along get along crowd should be damaging to Rubio.
Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the two that attacked the way the Congress is and was being run, Cruz being the Constitutional Conservative and Rand Paul being the isolationist head in the sand kind of guy, I pick Cruz. Rubio will never earn my vote and I can see no Democratic opponent bad enough to make me hold my nose hard enough to vote for him.

Constitutionalist on January 6, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Like I said…there are a lot of stupid politicians in the GOP…

William Eaton on January 6, 2016 at 9:00 PM

They’re like burrs getting stuck on a dog. I used to hate having to pull them off…

Fallon on January 6, 2016 at 9:23 PM

Chaffetz started his political career as a coat-hanger for “drastically conservative” Mike Dukakis and is ending it with Boy Rubio, the billionaires favorite lapdog.

kingsmill on January 6, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Now I remember. Jason Chaffetz was one of Boehner’s boys who removed a good conservative from a committee chair to punish him. Chaffetz then reversed course when he caught too much political push back.

If Jason Chaffetz is backing Marco Rubio, that’s another good reason to look for a different candidate.

RJL on January 6, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, removed North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows — no fan of House Speaker John Boehner — from his subcommittee post in June before reinstating him after other Republican members objected.

I had high hopes for Chaffetz but he proved to be just another spineless quisling after he was handed a bribe/subcommittee chairmanship by Boehner.

Sugarbuzz on January 6, 2016 at 9:47 PM

I’ve tried two or three times to post a link to a DailyCaller article titled:
Chaffetz Greases Wheels For Online Sales Tax
But HA won’t let me.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2016 at 10:03 PM

Another part-of-the-problem is endorsing part-of-the-problem.

Wow. They are so clueless.

stenwin77 on January 6, 2016 at 10:05 PM

This election is really shining a light on the cockroaches. The American voter is waking.

Exninja on January 6, 2016 at 10:10 PM

I’ve tried two or three times to post a link to a DailyCaller article titled:
Chaffetz Greases Wheels For Online Sales Tax
But HA won’t let me.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2016 at 10:03 PM

Yeah, that and him going full Gladys Kravitz with Miss Lindsay over internet gambling. Oh, and being a coward when it came to challenging Hatch in a primary last go-around. If you’re judged by the company you keep, Rubio’s a miserable failure at this point.

fitzfong on January 6, 2016 at 10:15 PM

fitzfong on January 6, 2016 at 10:15 PM

So Chaffetz is one of Adelson’s puppet politicians corrupting our government to increase Adelson’s profits by shutting down his Internet competition? Unsurprising. Hence the poll today showing that 75% of Americans think the US government suffers from wide spread corruption. Hence soon-to-be-president-elect Trump.

FloatingRock on January 6, 2016 at 10:49 PM

Yay! Chavetz is one of the good ones. And so is Rubio.

Too bad the haters gotta hate. Rubio is truly the best candidate this cycle, but you know: Trump.

Hope the country gets through this teenaged angst before the actual votes are cast, but not looking likely… time for a childish fit… and President Trump.

Wow that sounds stupid.

petunia on January 6, 2016 at 11:24 PM

Wow the hate is strong tonight.

So many of you just have a world filled with enemies, in that way you are just like Obama. It can’t be that people disagree or have different priorities, other people are just evil to you. I really hope your lives are as awful as you treat others, cause is all people are mean and hateful as you all, deserve, your own medicine.

petunia on January 6, 2016 at 11:27 PM

All of you forget that he put his name in the hat to replace Boehner and retracted it a….day…later.

Dance my biatches, dance.

Schadenfreude on January 6, 2016 at 11:55 PM

Hope the country gets through this teenaged angst before the actual votes are cast, but not looking likely… time for a childish fit… and President Trump.

Wow that sounds stupid.

petunia on January 6, 2016 at 11:24 PM

Well petunia Speaker Ryan is working hard for Mr. Trump.

A couple of weeks ago Ryan, McConnell and the GOPe had real levers of governmental power at their fingertips with the omnibus spending bill, but they unilaterally surrendered, giving Obama and the Democrats money for Planned Parenthood, ObamaCare, executive amnesty and everything else they wanted and told their Republican voting base to pound sand and like it.

Then on Wednesday they passed pointless legislation that has absolutely no chance of becoming law to undue what they just did a couple weeks ago.

It’s the willing GOPe unilateral surrender and kabuki failure on a national level that is driving the success of Donald Trump and this latest national level kabuki failure will probably drive Trump’s numbers up at least a few percentage points.

RJL on January 7, 2016 at 12:26 AM

It’s the willing GOPe unilateral surrender and kabuki failure on a national level that is driving the success of Donald Trump and this latest national level kabuki failure will probably drive Trump’s numbers up at least a few percentage points.

RJL on January 7, 2016 at 12:26 AM

Right on! That and other issues, like pushing ahead with Obamatrade against overwhelming public opposition. Trump’s rise in the polls is what forced them to delay until the lame duck, after the election is over when it’s too late for voters to have a say. Trump needs to take steps to keep it front and center throughout the election and not let the ruling class get away with shelving it. I hope he starts talking in more specifics about the corrupt process Obamatrade has been, in the media too, and how he would do away with all the comprehensive corruption going on in Washington DC.

It’s not only the kabuki theater, it’s the outright corruption that has driven Trump’s success.

FloatingRock on January 7, 2016 at 1:12 AM

…not to imply, above, that Kabuki theater isn’t also corruption. It is used as cover for all sorts of corrupt activities, the sky is the limit. What I was trying to get at above is that it’s not only the covert corruption that has people ticked off, (because now a lot of people are aware of it), it’s also the overt corruption like Obamatrade. Obamatrade was center stage when Trump entered the race and I predicted at the time that they would have to shelve it or risk launching Trump’s rise in the polls into the stratosphere.

FloatingRock on January 7, 2016 at 1:26 AM

Jeff Sessions is the only endorsement that might matter.

DFCtomm on January 7, 2016 at 3:12 AM

Chaffetz has literally zero positive electoral influence outside of Utah (he might have negative influence, considering he’s part of the congressional leadership so despised by the Republican base). The more establishment folks endorse Rubio, the easier it is to paint him as establishment.

In Utah, the endorsement that really matters is Mike Lee, and it will probably go to Cruz. If Rubio scores Lee’s endorsement, now that would be impressive and positive to his campaign.

Stoxtrader on January 7, 2016 at 6:35 AM

Just as I thought another phony conservative shows his RINO roots. I knew when this guy throw in for Ryan there was something amiss. More and more RINOS showing up in congress.
I hope people see this and primary these creeps. I really see the Democrats taking over the congress because it doesn’t seem to matter any more the liberals got more of their agenda passed with Republicans in charge then when the Democrats were in charge. And then they have the guts to say we put a bill on Obama’s desk to repeal Obamacare. Look getting cheap corn to plant doesn’t do you much good after you gave away the farm.

pwb on January 7, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Looks like this RINO problem is much worse than we thought.

ChowHound on January 7, 2016 at 9:12 AM

But will this help Rubio, or just not matter in a very unusual primary environment?

Translation: Rubio is racking up the endorsement of Congressional conservatives, Cruz isn’t so much. But there must be a way we can sew a dark lining into this silver cloud …

crosspatch on January 8, 2016 at 3:07 PM