Posts Tagged ‘Darrell Issa’
One of the great things about San Diego Rostra is its ability to attract a variety of voices with different political views.
Rostra is a center-right site, but local journalists and some well-known Democrats are regular readers and commentators. With monthly hits by unique visitors as high as 20,000, Rostra has become a must read for numerous San Diegans.
Where else can you find a site that blends colorful personalities like Mighty Thor and Thor’s Assistant with political stalwarts like Darrell Issa, Brian Bilbray, Nathan Fletcher, Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis?
“We want to know what and when they knew it.”
– Rep. Darrell Issa on new subpoenas to be issued regarding Fast and Furious, on “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”
More from Issa:
“But more importantly, we have to understand — at what level of the authorization really come? It wasn’t an ATF operation. They were part of that. It was a joint operation in which DEA knew more than ATF.
WALLACE: “Drug Enforcement Administration. ATF, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
From the Sept. 7 New York Times:
An article on Aug. 15 about Representative Darrell Issa’s business dealings, using incorrect information from the San Diego County assessor’s office, misstated the purchase price for a medical office plaza Mr. Issa’s company bought in Vista, Calif., in 2008. And because of an editing error, a correction in this space on Aug. 26 also misstated the price. It cost $16.6 million — not $10.3 million or $16.3 million.
(Update in section toward the end about the alleged golf course view.)
As most Rostrafarians probably know, the New York Times has corrected two more errors in its article implying improper financial dealings by Rep. Darrell Issa. But the paper is still far from admitting the truth that the story is rotten at its core, and refuses to retract it.
Much more about that — and a correction to the NYT’s bizarre pretension of what’s “cool” — in this post.
David Weigel, the former conservative movement columnist for the Washington Post, is running interference for Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times. Lichtblau authored the falsified New York Times article claiming Darrell Issa was engaging in business practices that led to profits improperly tied to his position as a Congressman.
Weigel’s column in Slate attempts to dispute Issa’s recent suggestion that Lichblau may never have traveled to California to research his negative article. Weigel says Issa is reading too much into Lichtblau’s famously botched description of the setting of Issa’s office.
Here’s what Weigel passes off as a rebuttal:
I’ve been keeping you abreast of all the Obama administration’s Project Gunrunner stonewalling since March (links/chronology below). Today, vigilant GOP House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa is holding another hearing to pressure Team Obama for the whole truth. On Monday, Issa and GOP watchdogs spotlighted DOJ obstructionism (Sipsey Street Irregulars has a rundown here.)
More fit is hitting the shan. And in one of those rare confluences, other MSM outlets have joined CBS News in exposing the story.
From Issa Camp:
VISTA, CA – U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today released the following statement on the first draft of Congressional district boundaries made public today by the Citizens Redistricting Commission:
“Taking the redistricting process away from state legislators and backroom deals is something I have long supported. While I recognize these maps are not final and there may yet be legitimate questions or revisions, I thank the members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission for their hard work in this process.
An anonymous commenter notes here that former Darrell Issa aide and erstwhile Rostrafarian Kurt Bardella has been tapped by the Daily Caller.
Huffington Post has the full story, including the following message from Neil Patel, co-founder of the Daily Caller with Tucker Carlson…
Please join Tucker and me in welcoming Kurt Bardella who will join us tomorrow as Director of Communications. Kurt has been on Capitol Hill for the last five years in press and communications roles in the House and Senate.
From San Diego GOP Chairman Tony Krvaric
Courage Or Cowards? Exposing The Left’s Fear Of Congressman Issa
Wednesday, March 2nd
As you probably know, local congressman Darrell Issa is the new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and is about to shake up the “business as usual” culture in Washington D.C. on behalf of hard working taxpayers and the American people by rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.
Needless to say, this has the far left in this country rather concerned and they have thus launched an unprecedented campaign against him and the important work he is about to embark on. This is how the modern left operates; personal attacks and sham organizations and websites.
The call to “civil discourse” was never anything more than a call to censorship of the right.
The local “progressive” blog Two Cathedrals objected to my use of “hitmen.” I used it to describe the men of the left who are coming after Darrell Issa. Never mind that the liberal allies of these particular operatives have bragged that Averell “Ace” Smith is like Michael Corleone. The point is that liberals (the first to censor and the last to admit it) are on high metaphor alert after the Tuscon tragedy. In any event, after a few of us Rostrafarians ribbed Two Cathedrals for its fashionable hypersensitivity, we got this response: “Suggesting that hitmen, left/right/up/down, are coming after a congressperson seems in poor taste. An opinion.”
Since Representative Darrell Issa became Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he has become an obsession of the left. This isn’t one of their happy obsessions (bankrupting the country or driving around in old Volvos) but one of their angry ones (like when they’d camp outside GW’s ranch in Crawford, TX ). The left is giddy because it plans to devote an entire nonprofit to trashing Issa and running ads against him. Mind you, he isn’t running for anything. The New Yorker recently did a hit piece on Issa, and the Chairman has not been toppled. In any event, some California liberals have retained Averell “Ace” Smith and Dan Newman of SCN Strategies, a San Francisco based consulting firm.
And sliding into the No. 1 spot of this distinguished list: San Diego’s own Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). Reason: He’s expected to head up the House Oversight Committee.
From the Beast story:
1. Rep Darrell Issa, California Republican
Wa-a-a-y back when Election Day 2010 was a distant mirage, I predicted in the October 9, 2009 post titled “Moonbeam Shining Bright In Governor’s Race” that as crazy as his chances seemed, former Governor Jerry Brown would succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Today, poll results released by the Public Policy Institute of California, show Jerry Brown leading challenger Meg Whitman by eight percentage points. What’s more, support for Brown is rising among key voting blocs, including independents and Latinos. The poll was conducted among likely voters, an important distinct in election polling, and its margin of error is plus or minus 3.5%.
Since he began his campaign for Governor, Republican candidate Steve Poizner has tried to claim a conservative mantle, working tirelessly to convince Californians that his liberal record was nothing more than a mirage.
Having been involved in California politics for the better part of two decades, I’ve seen so many candidates go to extreme lengths to try and reinvest themselves and their record. Until now, I have never seen a man so completely try and rewrite history to the point where he may actually believe the truth he has created.
In 2003 Rep. Darrell Issa gave our state a chance for change by starting the “Rescue California” campaign. With great leadership by his aides Scott Taylor and Dale Neugebauer, the campaign gathered 75% of the signatures which forced the historic October 2003 recall election.
Scott Taylor recruited me to the campaign staff, and also picked Christine Rubin to handle media relations. I watched as Chris went head-to-head with initially skeptical reporters from the LA Times, Sacto Bee, OC Register, SF Chronicle…and one-by-one she won their trust and respect.
Congressman Issa’s call for an immediate and bipartisan Committee investigation and hearing looking at the Christmas Day terrorist incident narrowly averted on a plane heading for Detroit is well intentioned. But we could save ourselves a lot of trouble if we would simply outsource airline security to the same folks who overseeing security for El Al Airlines, the national airline of Israel.
Issa Calls for Oversight Committee to Probe ‘Systemic Failure’ of Homeland Security and Intelligence Stove-Piping
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is calling for an immediate and bipartisan Committee investigation and hearing examining systemic failure that allowed an apparent Al-Qaeda terrorist to board a passenger plane with a bomb.
My Sunday San Diego column at FlashReport…
I attended the annual Grossmont Hospital Foundation gala last night while Congressional voting was taking place on healthcare. Some say it wasn’t a good night for hospitals to celebrate, but the Grossmont event was scheduled long ago and Nancy Pelosi didn’t ask about any scheduling conflicts.
Any night that the community comes together and significant funds are raised for a local hospital from hundreds of generous donors — the Feds not included — it’s a good time to celebrate.
WASHINGTON. D.C. – With unemployment rate rising to 10.2 percent (crossing the double-digit threshold for the first time since 1983), representing a loss of 190,000 jobs, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) questioned the sincerity of the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats today who claim they are “saving or creating” jobs yet continue to advance policies that kill jobs, raise taxes, punish small businesses and adds to our national debt. H.R. 3962, a 1,990 page bill costing nearly $1 trillion that raises taxes, raises health care costs, punishes California and adds to our national debt while hurting America’s seniors, families and small businesses:
Congress is now one step closer to uncovering the full scope of the collusion between reckless mortgage lenders and high-ranking government officials that ultimately inflated the U.S. housing bubble and brought the world economy to the brink of total collapse. One of the chief offenders in the mortgage meltdown was, doubtlessly, Countrywide Financial, a now-defunct corporate giant that exploited lax government policies to issue trillions of dollars in subprime mortgages on the guarantee that the burden of these toxic assets would ultimately fall on the shoulders of the American taxpayer.
For years, Countrywide’s successful strategy went undetected. Profits were good. The economy was booming. Everybody was happy.
Tune in Tonight to Fox News at 10:05 p.m. (EST) as I went ‘On the Record’ with Greta to talk ACORN.
Also, the Today Show should be doing a piece on ACORN tomorrow morning that is slated to run around 7:15 a.m. EST.
Treasury Department Inspector General, J. Russell George agreed to comply with a request submitted by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) to conduct a review of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and of the IRS’s oversight of nonprofit organizations.