North County congressman Issa to retire

He faced a tough reelection and "barely survived the 2016 election”

Darrell Issa
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Republican North County congressman Darrell Issa today (January 10) announced that he will be retiring from his post in the 49th District this fall. The publication Politico called Issa’s move “the latest sign of a growing Democratic wave in this year’s midterm elections,” although North County may not be riding the same wave.

Still, there is agreement that Issa faced a tough reelection fight in the fall. He was first elected in 2000 and in 2010 became chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He aggressively led investigations of the Obama administration.

“Issa barely survived the 2016 election,” noted Politico, and Democrats were aiming to displace him this fall. Hillary Clinton carried his district by 7 points in the 2016 presidential race.

Issa won much praise for coming up with an H-1B bill that is making headway in the House and winning praise from those who want reforms of the program that brings foreigners in to take jobs in the U.S.

The fact that he led a committee that looked into wrongdoing caused some snickers. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Issa was twice arrested in 1972 on weapons charges and was convicted of possession of an unregistered handgun.

The organization “Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action,” a San Diego County and Orange County grassroots organization, today rejoiced and called Issa “one of the worst and most powerful members of Congress.” He is also one of the richest members of Congress, with a net worth valued at over a quarter billion dollars.

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I was born a Republican and I shared their ideals as a child. 'Pull yourself up by your bootstraps' was the mantra. Many Americans could do that in the 1950s, but not all.

Now it's becoming very difficult and much of the blame falls on Republicans who have left ordinary citizens behind. Issa has been typical. But Democrats likewise are catering to Big Business and leaving common folks behind. Bernie Sanders may offer hope.

for years now, people are waiting for someone to buy them the boots.

Murphyjunk: Boots supposedly protect you from the stuff fed by politicians. Best, Don Bauder

swell: I, too, was born into a Republican family in a county run by a Republican machine. I stayed Republican until 2004, when I switched to the Democrats. There were a lot of reasons (I considered the Iraq War the worst in our history), but my main reason was my rejection of laissez faire economics. It had resulted in great part in a wildly unfair distribution of wealth and income. And Republicans are still rewarding the superrich and corporations with fat tax cuts when income and wealth are totally skewed toward the upper 10 percent to one-tenth of one percent. Best, Don Bauder

I live very close to Issa's field office in Vista, which is the site of rallies every Wednesday. They were out there today, and since this is the result they wanted, maybe the crowds will stay home.

On a more analytical note, this will avoid a fight for the GOP nomination between Issa and challenger(s), and gives the GOP the opportunity to find/field a strong candidate who can get a head start on the general election. Funny thing, isn't it, that the seat was regarded as a "safe" Republican seat until about three years ago?

Visduh: Political writers think Democrats will sweep in 2018, but because of previous gerrymandering as well as moves to keep minorities from voting, the Democrats may get oodles of votes but few seats. Best, Don Bauder

Don: Never underestimate the Democrats ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

What an insufferable bastard. Hopefully we never have to endure any more public appearances of this human excrement again. Since he evaded conviction and a deserving stay in a prison so many times, maybe now he can just cuddle up in his mansion and go to hell.

Ponzi: Yes, Washingtonians laughed that he was head of the oversight committee. Best, Don Bauder

Bill Wisniewski: I have said some negative things about him but I have praised his bill on H-1B. Best,, Don Bauder

Bill Wisniewski II: He was a treasure for the media -- that is for sure. Best, Don Bauder

Terri Hogenspurgeon: His private sector record before he went to Congress was hardly outstanding. He was successful in business but got in trouble with the law several tines. The New Yorker did a complete takeout on him several years ago. I summarized it in the Reader. Best, Don Bauder

Terri on FB: Re your comment: "he could care less about the people..." What you meant is that he couldn't care less [not "could"]. :-)

dwbat: I agree with your grammatical advice. Best, Don Bauder

The rumor today is that Issa is considering running for Duncan Hunter Jr.'s seat. If that happens and Issa wins, they won't need to bleach the office, the stench will return within days.

They should stock up on this, just in case.


by dwbat

dwbat: That is a great idea. Best, Don Bauder

much like politics, the ingredients keep you from smelling what is still there

Murphyjunk: Perfume covers up many foul odors. Best, Don Bauder

Ponzi: Yes, I have heard that rumor. East County may be dense enough to vote for Issa, who lives in North County. Best, Don Bauder

Mike Murphy: He will pass it on to whoever in Congress has sticky fingers. That is about all of them. Best, Don Bauder

Mike Murphy: The tree that extends to heaven? Best, Don Bauder

Murphyjunk: Who wants sticky fingers in their pockets? Best, Don Bauder

Issa has a net worth that could easily be used to acquire homes in about every district in California, at the same time. He's not a servant of the people, he is drunk on power and addicted to power. What does he know about the needs of the 50th district?

If Issa would actually relocate and run for a wounded Republican's office proves out what a jackal he is.

Ponzi: If he moves into another district and wins, he won't be the first jackal to do that. Best, Don Bauder

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