Jason Chaffetz, the Republican former congressman who made the comments, was born Jewish but converted to Mormonism.
Chaffetz, who converted from Judaism to Mormonism in college, is reportedly leaving the House’s main investigative committee for a job at Fox News.
Why is this Jason Chaffetz pun different from all other Jason Chaffetz puns?
The Utah Republican, who converted from Judaism to Mormonism, had promised to continue investigating Hillary Clinton after President Trump was elected.
Representative Jason Chaffetz was discussing the Republican plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
House ethics chair Jason Chaffetz was reacting to Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway’s on-air plug promoting Ivanka Trump’s merchandise.
Here are a few facts about the Utah Republican, who’s Mormon but has a Jewish dad, and might investigate the Government Ethics Monitor.
A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the 13 Jews in the Senate, specifically the 11 Democrats and the two Independents, Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman, who guard the left and right flanken of the Democratic caucus. I wrote that these two white-haired gents from New England not only define the boundaries of Democratic politics — they also describe a certain arc of Jewish identity in the last century, from secular-socialist to Orthodox-conservative, with the other 11 arrayed in between. You’ve heard of life imitating art? Well, this is a case of the particular managing by sheerest coincidence to mirror the general. Call it Kal ve-chomer be-akrai (from the specific to the general, by chance).