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Darrell Issa Will Not Seek Re-Election

Darrell Issa Will Not Seek Re-Election

San Diego-area Congressman Darrell Issa will not run for reelection this year, the second California Republican to announce his retirement this week. He later targeted Clinton as she moved toward seeking the presidency over her response to the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Issa, who joined the House in 2001, won re-election in 2016 by a half percentage point in a district that favored Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to President Donald Trump.

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

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

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hired local organizers in both Royce and Issa's districts in February 2017, and opened a regional office in Orange County for the first time in April. But he became best known in Washington for turning the Oversight Committee into something like an Inquisition.




"Secretary Clinton won this district by a huge margin in 2016, and the cohort of strong Democratic challengers, unprecedented grassroots activism, and historic investment by the DCCC in Southern California means we are in a strong position to elect a Democrat to the 49 District this fall", Godinich added.

"I am forever grateful to the people of San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties for their support and affording me the honor of serving them all these years", Issa said in a statement Wednesday morning.

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.

"We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats' battle royal: black and blue, and broke", Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, the NRCC's chairman, said in a statement.

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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