California US Rep. Darrell Issa to retire

by Antonio Miles January 11, 2018, 0:32
California US Rep. Darrell Issa to retire

Issa's situation was particularly dire because, despite achieving national celebrity as an outspoken conservative firebrand, Issa barely survived his reelection campaign in 2016, besting Democratic candidate Douglas Applegate by less than one percentage point.

Issa was a leader of the Republican congressional charge to investigate the Obama administration's handling of the attacks in Benghazi, where the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were killed by militants on September 11, 2012.

In 2012, Issa launched one of the first congressional inquiries into the Benghazi attacks, which resulted in the deaths of two diplomats and two Central Intelligence Agency contractors during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

"Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve", Issa said in a statement.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., one of the most prominent and endangered Republicans in Congress, has decided not to run for reelection in November, becoming the latest in a string of vulnerable GOP incumbents to retire ahead of midterm elections expected to favor Democrats.

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

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In California, at the forefront of the Democratic resistance to President Donald Trump, the party has also seen an energized activist base fueled in part by the emergence of new organizations such as Indivisible.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed field organizers in Issa's district almost a near ago, and opened an Orange County office past year aimed at flipping the Issa and Royce seats to Democrats.

In 2016, Issa narrowly won his re-election bid against Democrat Doug Applegate, a retired Marine colonel who has said he will run again this year. "We are truly grateful for his service", said Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the NRCC.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee immediately released a statement crediting grassroots activism in the district.

"While Democrats fight with each other, Republicans will focus on fighting Democrats - and that's how we plan to win", Stivers said.

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