House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has announced that he will be taking a leave of absence from the House for up to a month owing to a medical emergency.
On Wednesday, the congressman wrote on Instagram that doctors at the University of Utah recommended immediate surgery on his foot to prevent a serious infection caused by screws from a former injury.
“Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair,” he penned in a caption accompanying the x-ray, adding, “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.”
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. My recovery is expected to take three to four weeks. 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.
The congressman’s departure comes at a critical time as House Republicans prepare to revisit the repeal and replacement of Obamacare and face a possible government shutdown.
The news comes a week after Chaffetz announced he would not be seeking another term in Congress, which in turn prompted conspiracy theories that he was being blackmailed by the Russians.
No time, the news of his being sidelined with medical issues will fuel further speculation from the Left.