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Jason “poor people shouldn’t have phones” Chaffetz is heading to Fox News

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If you’re already an established Republican politician, getting a gig on Fox News must be one of the easiest things in the world. Basically, all you have to do is make a name for yourself by saying or doing something completely outrageous that promotes conservative talking points in some way, and you might as well be an A-list celebrity. The latest lucky duck to figure that out is Representative Jason Chaffetz, who Politico says will be resigning from his job in Congress on July 1 so he can becoming a correspondent on Fox News.

For those who aren’t familiar with Chaffetz, he’s a particularly delightful brand of asshole who thinks he deserves everything while everyone else deserves nothing, which is a roundabout way of saying that he’s a Republican politician. He’s also the guy who said that people should buy healthcare instead of a new iPhone, because he has deluded himself into believing that those things are somehow equivalent, and he recently had the gall to suggest that members of Congress should receive an extra stipend of $2,500 a month to pay for “housing.” That came from an interview with The Hill, which also quotes Chaffetz as saying that he already gets a “handsome” salary of $174,000.


Thankfully, Politico figures that the Fox News job will pay better than being a member of Congress, so hopefully Chaffetz won’t have so much trouble making ends meet now.

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