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California Rep. Darrell Issa Joins GOP Quit Parade

11 January 2018, 12:31 | Sherry Padilla

NATION-NOW California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa won't run for re-election California Republican Darrell Issa won't run for re-election

NATION-NOW     California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa won't run for re-election     
       California Republican Darrell Issa won't run for re-election

Rep. Darrell Issa on Wednesday announced his retirement from Congress after almost two decades of service.

Issa's decision continues a string of GOP lawmakers who have chose to retire rather than take on what would be a hard re-election battle.

Those results made Issa perhaps the most endangered Republican member of Congress heading into the 2018 election cycle.

Issa is a longtime nemesis of the Democrats and then-President Barack Obama.

Issa was a national figure and a staple on cable talk shows when he chaired the House Oversight House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from from 2011 to 2015.

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

"The reality is that America is better for the past year of this administration and this Congress", Issa 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. "Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in California's 49th District", Issa explained in an official press statement.

On Tuesday, another Southern California Republican, Rep. Ed Royce, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee, announced he too would not run for reelection.

The politically charged investigation targeted Obama's secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who at the time was considered the leading 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.

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.

Representative Steve Stivers of OH, the chairman of the Republican campaign arm, predicted that a contentious Democratic primary would leave the eventual nominee "black and blue, and broke".

Yet another Republican congressman is choosing to retire rather than run for reelection, leaving the GOP's hold on the House of Representatives in further peril.

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