Issa’s Oversight Role Could Affect Him in 2018

He faces pressure to stand up to Trump’s administration as he did Obama’s.

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Ally Mutnick
March 7, 2017, 10:48 a.m.

Rep. Dar­rell Issa’s (R) “former role as chair­man of the House Over­sight Com­mit­tee cata­pul­ted him to na­tion­al fame, but it also brought a re­pu­ta­tion for ra­bid par­tis­an­ship and at­ten­tion from na­tion­al Demo­crats, who came with­in a few thou­sand votes of hand­ing Issa the first loss of his ca­reer.

“Now, as the South­ern Cali­for­nia Re­pub­lic­an scrambles to ad­just to life un­der Pres­id­ent Trump after win­ning reelec­tion nar­rowly, strategists in the state won­der wheth­er his sup­port for ex­ec­ut­ive over­sight will be what pulls him back from the polit­ic­al ledge in 2018 or fi­nally pushes him over it.

“The polit­ic­al cal­cu­lus for Issa is com­plex. Too ag­gress­ive an ap­proach could isol­ate him from the die-hard Re­pub­lic­ans who pop­u­late some parts of his dis­trict, and it could ant­ag­on­ize Trump, whom Issa en­dorsed in May. But hold­ing back too much could in­vite charges of hy­po­crisy after years of ag­gress­ive over­sight of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and hinder his abil­ity to win swing voters in a dis­trict that Hil­lary Clin­ton car­ried.” (Hot­line re­port­ing)

PRES­SURE BACK HOME. “Hun­dreds of pro­test­ers plan to rally out­side of … Issa’s Vista of­fice Tues­day.” (CBS)


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