Darrell Issa Retiring From Congress

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif. ) announced Wednesday he will retire from Our elected representatives.

“ Throughout my program, I worked hard and never dropped sight of the people our govt is supposed to serve, ” Issa mentioned in a statement. “ Yet using the support of my family, I have made the decision that I will not seek re-election within California’ s 49th District. ”  

Issa, one of the wealthiest people of Congress,   narrowly won his re-election race against Liberal Doug Applegate in November 2016 by just 1, 621 votes. It had been Issa’ s  first competitive race   in more than 15 years.

Applegate has already announced plans to run for Issa’ s seat within 2018.

Issa is the second Ca Republican to announce his pension this week, joining Rep. Ed Royce . Both were considered among the party’ s most endangered members plus best targets for potential Democratic pick-ups in 2018. Democrat  Hillary Clinton won their districts   in the 2016 presidential election.  

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Rep. Darrell Issa will not run for re-election within 2018.

“ Secretary Clinton won this district by a large margin in 2016, and the cohort of strong Democratic challengers, unparalleled grassroots activism, and historic expenditure by the DCCC in Southern Ca means we are in a strong place to elect a Democrat towards the 49th District this fall, ” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Panel spokesman Drew Godinich.

Rep. Dorrie Stivers (R-Ohio), chairman of the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee, noted the particular multiple candidates Democrats have using Issa’ s district, saying it’ s “ fast becoming among the bloodiest primaries in America. ”

“ While Democrats fight with each other, Conservatives will focus on fighting Democrats ― and that’ s how we intend to win, ” he said. “ We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats’ battle royale: dark and blue, and broke. ”

As the former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa gained a reputation for being the fierce critic of President Barack Obama ―   going after the administration   on the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack, the IRS and the “ Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal.

Issa’ s district has changed substantially over the years, becoming more diverse and much less conservative. In an attempt to appeal to his brand new voting base, the one-time Obama antagonist sent out a mailer final cycle  offering praise from the former president .

In recent months, at least 30 Home Republicans have announced they will keep Congress, according to CNN. Several United states senate Republicans have also announced their programs to retire, including Jeff Flake (Ariz. ) and Bob Corker (Tenn. ).

This tale was updated with reaction to Issa’ s retirement.