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Rep. Issa Will Not Seek Re-Election This Year

Rep. Issa Will Not Seek Re-Election This Year

May be an easy seat for the Democrats to pick up.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will not seek re-election this year, which means the Democrats could possibly pick up another seat. He wrote:

Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve. Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in California’s 49th District.

I am forever grateful to the people of San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties for their support and affording me the honor of serving them all these years. Most humbling for me — and for anyone who represents this area — has been the special privilege of representing the Marines and Sailors of Camp Pendleton and their families. On countless occasions, and in every corner of the world I met them, I was inspired by their bravery and humbled by their sacrifice to keep us all safe from harm.

Representing you has been the privilege of a lifetime.

Issa became a congressman in 2001. He served as chairman of the House Oversight Committee from 2011 to 2015, which shot him to fame due to his determination to find answers over Operation Fast and Furious, the gun running scheme that led to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

He won re-election in 2016 by less than a percentage point. Failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won his district by 8%.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee promised to make the district blue. From The Washington Examiner:

“In the 49th district, Democrats are locked in what is fast becoming one of the bloodiest primaries in America. While Democrats fight with each other, Republicans will focus on fighting Democrats – and that’s how we plan to win. We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats’ battle royale: black and blue, and broke.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in response, promised to flip the district.

“The cohort of strong Democratic challengers, unprecedented grassroots activism, and historic investment by the DCCC in Southern California means we are in a strong position to elect a Democrat to the 49th District this fall,” the DCCC statement read.

I’m about 99% sure the district will fall to the Democrats. The party has determination to take back the House, but needs 25 seats to flip it. They’ve eyed districts within Orange County for awhile since Hillary dominated the area and California has shown a stronger blue wave. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) also announced his retirement, which would give them another seat.

From CNN:

Royce and Issa’s districts are both in expensive television markets — further stretching national Republicans who are on defense across dozens of districts in the 2018 midterm elections.

Early in the 2018 election cycle, Democrats identified the Orange County-area Republican seats as top targets.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hired local organizers in both Royce and Issa’s districts in February 2017, and opened a regional office in Orange County for the first time in April.

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buckeyeminuteman | January 10, 2018 at 12:08 pm

I’m all about all politicians swapping all periodically. Definitely concerned about losing seats to Ds though.

4th armored div | January 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm

too bad, Issa seems like one of the good guys.

    Tom Servo in reply to 4th armored div. | January 10, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    He is, but California is lost, and Issa knows it. He was going to lose his re-election bid no matter what, he’s just acknowledged that early.

      Bucky Barkingham in reply to Tom Servo. | January 10, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Hit thumbs down by mistake.

      Once the LibDems allow migrant non-citizens to vote (legally) in state elections no Republican will win in California.

As someone who has a stake in CA staying sane, I fear it is the South of the 1860’s.

This incident was in Issa’s district. If it hadn’t been exposed early, the odds are good he’d have lost in 2016. But there’s no voter fraud…..

Jerry Mosna was gardening outside his San Pedro, Calif., home Saturday when he noticed something odd: Two stacks of 2016 ballots on his mailbox.

The 83 ballots, each unused, were addressed to different people, all supposedly living in his elderly neighbor’s two-bedroom apartment.

“I think this is spooky,” Mosna said. “All the different names, none we recognize, all at one address.”

His wife, Madalena Mosna, noted their 89-year-old neighbor lives by herself, and, “Eighty people can’t fit in that apartment.”

Did Issa ever complete any of the stuff that he started? Not that it matters, so much, but I quit reading his stuff years ago when none of it seemed to endure beyond the media cycle.

On the uptick, he probably is a Republican and that is rare to find in California.

Issa became too old school. He kind of retired in office.
Good for a vote, though.

Issa conjures up images as boehner’s public bulldog – but an impotent, drunk poodle like boehner could never follow through on anything ‘started’ by Issa in public hearings.

In any event, Issa should have retired because he wanted to, not because he is not wanted.

More GOPe failure. Mcconnell and his ilk march on-until we come to our senses and send all establishment hacks packing.