Darrell Issa Will Not Seek Re-Election

Darrell Issa Will Not Seek Re-Election

Republican North County congressman Darrell Issa today (January 10) announced that he will be retiring from his post in the 49th District this fall.

In a statement Wednesday, Issa did not give a reason for his departure but reflected on a two-decade political career that included jump-starting the process that led to the 2003 recall of Democratic California Gov. National Democrats have put Issa's district at the top of their target lists for November's midterms.

While Issa's ninth term will be his last, the Associated Press notes he left his mark by dogging then-President Barack Obama with probes into the 2012 killings of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and Internal Revenue Service audits of conservative groups.

Andrew Godinich, a DCCC spokesman, said Democrats are "in a strong position" to claim the seat in November and blamed the Republican legislative agenda for Issa's retirement.

Issa, 64, began serving in Congress in 2001.

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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa will retire from Congress in 2018, avoiding a hard campaign fight in a district that has been a primary focus for Democrats in the coming election. Fellow veteran Southern California lawmaker Ed Royce, of Orange County, revealed Monday he, too, will leave Congress after 2018.

His bill which has already passed the House Judiciary Committee is now gaining momentum in the House and might come up for vote soon.

The politically charged investigation targeted Obama's secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who at the time was considered the leading 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. He won his seat in 2016 by less than 1 point.

Those activists have protested weekly outside Issa's Vista, California, district office - leading to a unusual scene in May in which Issa stood on his rooftop, looking down at the protesters below.

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". "We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats' battle royale: black and blue, and broke".

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