Former Huntsman Aide Challenging Rep. Cannon

Former Huntsman Aide Challenging Rep. Cannon



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WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- Jason Chaffetz wants to boot U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon out of Congress next year.

Chaffetz, a former kicker on the Brigham Young University football team, said Monday he is challenging Cannon, a fellow Republican, in Utah's 3rd District.

Utah Republican Party delegates will pick a nominee or place two candidates on the June 2008 primary ballot. "I'm not a career politician, but I guess I'm asking to be one," said Chaffetz, former chief of staff to Gov. Jon Huntsman. "My life and my life story are about raising my hand and saying, 'I'd like to participate."'

Cannon was first elected to Congress in 1996. He is also being challenged by former Juab County prosecutor David Leavitt, who said he raised more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from July through September.

Cannon's chief of staff, Joe Hunter, was not immediately available for comment Monday.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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