Chaffetz challenge deepens House Republicans' disarray

Chairman of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chaffetz question Planned Parenthood president Richards in WashingtonBy Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jason Chaffetz, a rising star among congressional Republicans, on Sunday declared a bid to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, complicating further an internal party struggle to replace John Boehner when he steps down. In a challenge to Boehner’s closest lieutenant and presumed successor Kevin McCarthy, Chaffetz said many Republican lawmakers want a more thorough change in House leadership.

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