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GOP Congressman Darrell Issa will not seek re-election after serving ninth term

By in Press Enterprise on January 10, 2018

By Martin Wisckol Rep. Darrell Issa

Nine-term Congressman Darrell Issa, among the most vulnerable Republican House members in this year’s elections, unexpectedly announced Wednesday morning that he would not seek reelection.

In an emailed statement, Issa recounted his accomplishments but specified no reason for the decision.

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

Issa, whose district straddles the Orange-San Diego county line, was nearly upset in 2016 by Democrat Doug Applegate, winning the closest House race in the country by just 0.6 percentage points.

Roll Call has listed him as the most vulnerable House member. Democrats consider winning his district essential to flipping the 24 Republican House seats needed to take control of the House.

Issa was chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee while Barack Obama was president and gained notoriety for his attacks on Obama. He led investigations of the IRS and its treatment of conservative groups and Benghazi.

No Republicans were in the race at the time of his announcement. Diane Harkey, a member of the state Board of Equalization and a former state assemblywoman is among Republicans thought to be considering a bid.

The Democrats in the race are environmental attorney Mike Levin, businessman Paul Kerr, former State Department contract employee Sara Jacobs and Applegate, an attorney and retired Marine colonel.

Rep. Issa’s emailed statement:

“Two decades ago, when I stepped away from the business I’d built to enter public service, I never could have imagined that a long-shot bid for U.S. Senate would lead to 18 years in the House of Representatives and endless opportunities to make a meaningful impact.

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