Issa the second GOP congressman in 2 days to announce retirement

  • Issa the second GOP congressman in 2 days to announce retirement

Issa the second GOP congressman in 2 days to announce retirement

Operating under the assumption that the more interesting races were those in which members were retiring not to run for office - suggesting that they were perhaps anxious about the electoral climate - we figured out how each of those 131 districts voted in the preceding presidential race and how it voted in the ensuing House race. On Monday, Ed Royce, the chairman of the House foreign relations committee, announced he too would retire.

"Orange County will always be home to Marie and me, and we look forward to being with all our friends at Lunar New Years, Korean American Days, Fourth of Julys and many other community events for years to come".

So far, five candidates have announced they will run for Issa's seat.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said Issa's retirement "means we are in a strong position to elect a Democrat to the 49th District this fall".

Democrats need to win 25 seats to take control of the House of Representatives.

Issa joins the wave of GOP lawmakers who have announced that they won't run for re-election this year.

On Tuesday, a group of more than 400 activists gathered outside Issa's office to hold a "retirement party" for the congressman, complete with festive signs and a cake that read "out with the old, in with the new, bye Issa, we won't miss you". ".2018.pdf" target="_blank">Americans preferred Democrats to run Congress by a margin of 56 percent to 38 percent over Republicans among registered voters.

"This week, we got our first wins with Darell Issa and Ed Royce stepping down rather than face crushing defeat in November", Steyer said in a release Wednesday.

"In the 49th district, Democrats are locked in what is fast becoming one of the bloodiest primaries in America".

"We're going to see the unified Republican agenda - House, Senate and White House - which is going to focus on infrastructure and a DACA deal and a couple of other things", said.

"In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and unsafe regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin's continued efforts to weaponize information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia", Royce said in a statement. In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton crushed Republican Donald Trump in the state by more than 4 million votes.

On the conservative site San Diego Rostra, Brian Brady backed Harkey for Congress speculated that every North County City Council member, Assembly member and state senator will consider their chances in the next few weeks.

In addition to his work on FITARA, Issa also will be remembered for being the lead House sponsor of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act that requires agencies to report spending in machine-readable formats.

As NPR's Jessica Taylor reported, there are now 31 Republicans not seeking re-election in 2018. The best argument Republicans can make for maintaining control may be the number of candidates running in heavily gerrymandered, Republican-dominated districts.

While Issa is leaving, the Democrats who are trying to replace him said their campaigns won't change much. He's followed by Democratic candidate Mike Levin who had $530,000 on hand out of the $918,000 he brought in. By Cohn's estimates, 13 seats held by retiring Republicans are competitive.

Spencer Custodio is a Voice of OC reporter who covers south Orange County and Fullerton.