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Darrell Issa to retire from Congress amid record GOP exodus

14 January 2018

He announced that he plans to run for the Senate in 2018.

"California Republicans clearly see the writing on the wall and realize that their party and its priorities are toxic to their re-election chances in 2018", said Drew Godinich, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"In fact, Democrats, who need a net gain of 24 seats to take control of the House, have nearly the same number of vulnerable incumbents retiring", they add.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of his term, becoming the latest lawmaker in a string of retirements among House Republicans.

Royce, who lives in Fullerton and has offices in Brea and Rowland Heights, has served in Congress since 1993, previously serving 10 years in the state Senate. I'm the first chair of the Board of Equalization as a Republican in the past 15 years.

"Representing you has been the privilege of a lifetime", Issa said in his press release. As the Washington Post reported earlier in January, there are more Republican-held districts with eight Democratic hopefuls than with only one.

A central battleground in the fight for the House will be Orange County, a one-time Republican fortress where Democrats have made inroads. "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". If you're looking at a tight race like Issa was - he won re-election in 2016 by a mere 1,621 votes - you're probably asking yourself whether you're doomed and there's no point bothering to run again.

The retirement of Royce, who represents a Southern California suburban district that Hillary Clinton won by 9 percentage points in 2016, presents Democrats with just the kind of opportunity they had been hoping to seize.

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How does a guy like me fight against something like this? "She is painting me out to be a monster which I am not", he continued. He said, "I don't know what goes through a young girl's mind, I don't know what goes through anyone's mind".

"With a lot of Republican talent in North County and South Orange County, I have no doubt several well qualified candidates will emerge", the chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, Tony Krvaric, said on Facebook. The 49th stretches down the west side of San Diego county, ending before La Jolla.

Kudos to the passionate and persistent #Flipthe49th volunteers who showed up week after week to protest at Darrell Issa's district office.

A powerful Republican lawmaker who gave sleepless nights to Indian IT companies in the U.S., because of his tough legislative proposals, on Thursday announced his retirement as an elected politician.

The media and voters alike need to be reminded that while the President does indeed hold the steering wheel on USS America, his rudder is very small and the ship is bloated from bow to stern. Just over 46 percent of voters turned out, compared to 29 percent in both 2014 and 2012.

The mere thought is enough to send a congressman running to the waiting arms of a K Street lobbying firm, where at last he'll be properly remunerated for his unique talents.

Here is a look back at some of the most embarrassing moments during Issa's two decades in politics. He's followed by Democratic candidate Mike Levin who had $530,000 on hand out of the $918,000 he brought in.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican, is retiring as well.

Darrell Issa to retire from Congress amid record GOP exodus