Republican Chaffetz announces bid for House speaker

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Posted: Oct 04, 2015 9:41 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House oversight panel, announced on Sunday he was running to replace John Boehner, who is retiring, as House speaker.

Representative Kevin McCarthy, currently the House majority leader, is also running for speaker. Chaffetz said many Republican lawmakers wanted a change in leadership.

"I've had enough members who have come and said, 'Please, Jason, do this. We don't want to fight internally, but realistically we can't vote to promote the existing leadership," Chaffetz said on Fox News Sunday.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Gareth Jones)