Reaction to Congressman Darrell Issa’s decision not to run for re-election
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It had all the markings of an election day victory. People chanting, signs waving and high hopes for the future of their cause.
But, there was no election. Rather, a powerful congressman announced he’s getting out of politics, quitting for good. Not just any politician, but the wealthiest member of Congress, Republican Darrel Issa of California.
After nine terms in Congress, Issa announced he’s had enough. “It was time,” Issa told fellow members of Congress.
Over the years, Issa became a ‘bulldog’ in the halls of Congress. He led the charge in the Benghazi investigation. He went after the I.R.S. for abusing power and tried to track down the culprits behind the so-called “fast and furious’ program, where American guns ended up in the hands of the violent Mexican drug cartels.
Issa is a self-made millionaire, inventing the ‘Viper” car alarm system, among other things. He’s also one of the largest landowners in San Diego County.
As you’d imagine, his enemies are celebrating and making plans for the future.
“We did it. We made a difference,” said Lynda Breen. Breen is among the dozens of people who protested outside Issa’s office every Tuesday for the last year. Now they’re claiming victory, of sorts.
As for the man who almost beat him during the last election, he’s ready for round two.
“I don’t know for sure what his motivation is. But I know one thing, he doesn’t want to run against me,” said retired Marine Colonel Doug Applegate. In the last election, Applegate only lost by 16,000 votes. He’s the front-runner going into the next election.
With Issa retiring, that makes 18 Republicans now calling it quits. The Democrats only need 24 seats to reclaim the majority in the house. Among the other Democrats running for that seat, an heir to the Qualcomm fortune, Sara Jacobs.