Rep. Darrell Issa will not run for another term

Jan 11, 2018, 00:32
Rep. Darrell Issa will not run for another term

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

Issa released an announcement on his decision, in which he called his 18 years in Congress "the privilege of a lifetime".

Best known for his role as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa was one of the primary foes of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, digging into her role in and response to the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, announced his retirement Wednesday morning, adding to a growing list of Republicans who plan to step down rather than face potential defeat in the 2018 midterm elections.

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

He is the second top Republican lawmaker in the Congress to have announced his retirement, which some media outlets said is an indication of a Democratic wave for the upcoming November mid-term election.

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On Tuesday, another Southern California Republican, Rep. Ed Royce, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee, announced he too would not run for reelection. "Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek reelection in California's 49th District".

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers thanked Issa for his service, but noted they are confident of the coming race against a crowded Democratic field.

He almost lost his seat in 2016, besting Democrat Douglas Applegate - among the four Democrats running this year - by less than a percentage point.

Still, there is agreement that Issa faced a tough reelection fight in the fall.

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.