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Why Benghazi Doesn’t Get Any Traction

Thursday, October 22, 2015
posted by Elliot Schroeder

It’s been stumping the GOP why Benghazi doesn’t resonate with the public. GOP voters are certainly fired up about it, rightly so. But among the left and independents they just shrug it off, why?

It’s a hard question. Considering how it’s believed that American casualties in Vietnam hurt the war effort, it should mean something, right? Or the casualties in Mogadishu shown later in “Black Hawk Down” that made Clinton rethink the mission there. Or the casualties in Iraq seen as a large factor in the 2006 Democratic mid-term win and Rumsfeld’s departure. With Benghazi has Americans become desensitized to casualties after years of war?


If it wasn’t official before that Randy Voepel is seeking the 71st AD seat currently held by Brian Jones…

From the Voepel Campaign

While it has been the pleasure of my lifetime to serve as Mayor of Santee, I’ve determined it’s time for a new opportunity to serve. That’s why I’ve decided to run for the 71st Assembly District.

As Mayor of Santee since 2000, I’ve worked hard to build a strong record. Specifically, my tenure as Mayor has been a demonstration of how conservative policies can work at a local level.

As Mayor, I’ve been proud to accomplish the following:


Never give up fighting for Freedom: In defense of Duncan Hunter

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
posted by Guest Column

Response to the article, Hunter has no clothes…ahem…conservatism, published by Eric Andersen last month (Dec. 19).

Guest Commentary
by Melory Tsipouria

I am not going to hide the fact that I am disappointed with the positions and statements/comments from some of my friends recently about Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa in connection with their votes on the recently passed budget.

Those statements were in and in response to the article, Hunter has no clothes…ahem…conservatism, in this same venue by my friend Eric Andersen.

What is especially disappointing is that Eric and those who share his views unfairly accuse the above mentioned Congressmen for lacking devotion to the constitution.


Fix the Leak Redux

Monday, June 24, 2013
posted by Jerome Stocks

If the boat is leaking, does one figure out what to do with the new supply of water, or does one first stop the leak?

We will never know if the amiable fellow with a disarming smile would have reached us up here in North County. Or if he would have robbed, or beaten, or attempted to kill someone had he arrived.

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What should Rostra 2.0 to look like?

Thursday, November 17, 2011
posted by Tony Manolatos

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?


Dangerous Questions From Darrell Issa

Sunday, October 9, 2011
posted by Bradley J. Fikes

“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.


New York Times Corrects Correction On Issa Story

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
posted by Bradley J. Fikes

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.

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(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.

Doesn't it gleam -- just like the Emerald City?

Doesn't it gleam -- just like the Emerald City?

Much more about that — and a correction to the NYT’s bizarre pretension of what’s “cool” — in this post.

Cool in San Diego -- Symphony at Salk - click photo for more

Cool in San Diego -- Symphony at Salk - click photo for more


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:


Project Gunrunner Emails Released By Issa

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
posted by Bradley J. Fikes

Item of interest from Michelle Malkin, news on Project Gunrunner plus emails from Rostrafarian Darrell Issa:

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.


Issa Plants Flag in OC-North County District

Friday, June 10, 2011
posted by Kurt Bardella

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.


Daily Caller Hires Bardella

Saturday, April 16, 2011
posted by Thor's Assistant

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.

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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 ‘hitmen’ of SD Rostra need a “beer summit” with Two Cathedrals

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
posted by Ryan Purdy

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.”


The hitmen of the left coming after Issa — Are they invincible?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
posted by Ryan Purdy

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.


Issa the “New Sheriff” in D.C.?

Monday, January 3, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

The Daily Beast brings us this little nugget in the sea of top lists of this or that: The Top 11 Politicians to Watch in 2011 (guess spotlighting 11 rather than 10 is a play on the year).

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.

Governor Jerry Brown

The Next Governor of California, Jerry Brown

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%.


Whitman or Poizner, A Choice Between Those Who Say and Those Who Do

Monday, June 7, 2010
posted by Darrell Issa

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.


Who  says   Chris  Rubin

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.


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.


Voices on Healthcare

Sunday, November 8, 2009
posted by Barry Jantz

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.

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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:

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
posted by Darrell Issa

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.


ACORN in the Press

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
posted by Darrell Issa

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.

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