GOP Retirements Mount as Rep Issa Bows Out

Rep. Darrell Issa of California announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election this year, increasing Democrats' chances of flipping his swing district in November.

In a statement Wednesday, Issa did not give a reason for his departure but reflected on a two-decade political career that included jump-starting the process that led to the 2003 recall of Democratic California Gov.

Democrats had made defeating Issa one of their top priorities in the midterm elections.

Issa was a national figure and a staple on cable talk shows when he chaired the House Oversight House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from from 2011 to 2015.

Issa's district in southern California was a primary target for Democrats in the coming election cycle.

Issa became the second California Republican to retire this week.

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"I am forever grateful to the people of San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties for their support and affording me the honor of serving them all these years", Issa wrote in a statement Wednesday.

But in 2018, the Democrats' efforts to unseat Issa already began snowballing.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa will retire from Congress in 2018, avoiding a hard campaign fight in a district that has been a primary focus for Democrats in the coming election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hired local organizers in both Royce and Issa's districts in February 2017, and opened a regional office in Orange County for the first time in April.

"While Democrats fight with each other, Republicans will focus on fighting Democrats - and that's how we plan to win", Stivers said. The Oversight investigation paved the way for the later appointment of a select committee that continued probing the incident as Clinton pursued her run for president. Hillary Clinton carried his district by 7 points in the 2016 presidential race.

Yet another Republican congressman is choosing to retire rather than run for reelection, leaving the GOP's hold on the House of Representatives in further peril. "We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats' battle royale: black and blue, and broke".

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