Rep. Darrell Issa (R), “who said Wednesday he is not seeking reelection in” CA-49, “has been discussing with colleagues the possibility of running in a neighboring San Diego district if embattled” Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50) resigns, according to multiple sources. In Issa’s statement, he “never specifically said he was retiring from Congress,” just the 49th District. The specificity of the statement caught the attention of some California Republicans, who have been hearing rumors of the Issa plan for months. Before the 2010 redistricting, Issa represented some areas of Hunter’s” district.
“Hunter, who has been dogged by federal and congressional ethics investigations, said he would not put it past Issa to seek his seat if something bad were to happen to him.” Hunter: “If I blow up, yes. Why wouldn’t he run for my seat if I was to blow up in the air?” (The Hill)
Hunter, in a statement: “I am 100% running for reelection and with continued support from those in my district and the full endorsement of the Republican Party of San Diego County.” (Los Angeles Times)
Issa’s district is a R+1 seat that Hillary Clinton won by 8 points. Hunter’s district is an R+11 seat that President Trump won by 15.