SD Rostra

Issa announces retirement — “Free for all” to follow? The local reaction.

“Tony K better start eating his Wheaties…”

from CNBC…

“Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Ca., will not seek re-election later this year, opening up another battleground in the deep blue state as Republicans and Democrats spar for control of the House.

“Issa’s decision to leave Congress follows the announced retirement of Rep. Ed Royce, R-Ca., earlier this week. He announced the move in a statement on Wednesday.”

Read it all here.

“It should be a free-for-all to replace him,” said SD Rostra writer Brian Brady, who knows the North San Diego County political landscape as well as anyone. “I expect no less than a dozen Republicans to show interest. In the end, I think it will be (County Supervisor) Bill Horn versus (State Board of Equalization Member) Diane Harkey.”

Some other local reaction…

Republican Party of San Diego County Chairman Tony Krvaric:

“It’s an institutional loss for the House of Representatives – and our region. We thank him for his service. There is a lot of Republican talent in North County and South Orange County I have no doubt several well qualified candidates will emerge.”

Political Analyst John Dadian:

“Darrell Issa is a great American who fit the model that our founding fathers perceived. He made his mark in business, then as a citizen-politician and now he is returning home. He is a true patriot.”

Herb Morgan, longtime San Diegan and Sr. Managing Director at Efficient Market Advisors:

“Congressman Issa has been an unwavering advocate for American values. His vacancy from congress will leave a significant void.”

Longtime Republican and political guru Michael McSweeney:

“Darrell is an old friend who I admire and respect, San Diego and America is losing an entrepreneurial Congressman. His expertise in understanding how to build a business along with his contacts/diplomacy in the middle east will be hard to replace. The blue-ing of California continues.”

Otay Water Board Member Mark Robak:

“Whether it is the President, a Congressman, or a water board member like me, public service is a sacrifice for business people. That is why most avoid it, as it is too much of a sacrifice. So hats off to Darrell for doing it for 18 years. Besides, we need term limits for Congress anyway!”

Erica Holloway, Republican consultant and founder of Galvanized Strategies:

“Wishing Congressman Issa well and I thank him for his years of public service. These retirements of GOP purple-seatholders may well become a trend this year; ripe for a seat-flipping melee. Tony K better start eating his Wheaties… this year promises to be one long sprint for Republicans.”

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells:

“I have great respect for Congressman Issa. He served his region well; with toughness and integrity. Very big shoes to fill.”

State Senator Joel Anderson:

“I want to express my gratitude to Congressman Issa for his decades of service to our state and our country — both as a member of the US Army and as a Congressman. He took his commitment to his constituents seriously and was never afraid of taking on tough challenges.”

Brian Brady assesses the field and asks a candidate to step up:

The Issa replacement field and an Open Letter To Diane Harkey: Run For Congress

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