California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa won't run for re-election


Operating under the assumption that the more interesting races were those in which members were retiring not to run for office - suggesting that they were perhaps anxious about the electoral climate - we figured out how each of those 131 districts voted in the preceding presidential race and how it voted in the ensuing House race. And both had already survived Democratic challenges in the 2016 presidential election cycle.

Issa's announcement comes two days after 39th District Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced Monday he won't seek re-election. He announced that he plans to run for the Senate in 2018.

Issa has been the representative of the 49th District since 2003.

The number of House Republicans planning to retire this year is on track to outpace any recent election where control of the chamber flipped - an ominous sign fueling GOP fears of a political wave that could shift power to Democrats in November's midterm elections.

A former businessman, Issa was first elected to Congress in 2001. Vote for me, your Republican congressman. Royce, a 13-term incumbent, represents a district where Clinton won by almost 10 points in 2016.

"This week, we got our first wins with Darrell Issa and Ed Royce stepping down rather than face crushing defeat in November".

"In the 49th district, Democrats are locked in what is fast becoming one of the bloodiest primaries in America". Republicans have pressed Democrats to abandon any challenges to the Yancey and Thomas wins.

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Royce said in a statement he wanted to focus his previous year leading the foreign affairs panel "on the urgent threats facing our nation", which he listed as the North Korean and Iranian governments, Russian efforts to "weaponize information to fracture western democracies" and terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia.

Issa was narrowly re-elected to his seat in 2016, when he won with 50.3% of the votes. "In a district that Hillary Clinton won by eight points, Democrats are poised to win this Orange County seat and send someone to Washington who truly represents the values of Southern California". The candidates include Dana Point's Diane Harkey, who is the chair of the California State Board of Equalizaiton; the San Deigo Union-Tribune reported Oceanside's Rocky Chavez, now the Assembly member of the state's 76th district; and Joshua Shoonover, a patent attorney and engineer with a degree in chemical physics.

In addition to his work on FITARA, Issa also will be remembered for being the lead House sponsor of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act that requires agencies to report spending in machine-readable formats. About 37 percent of voters are registered Republicans, while another 31 percent are Democrats and 26.5 percent do not belong to a party. And they will have at least three more chances this year to claim GOP seats before Election Day.

"When initially discussing the idea of running for Congress with my wife, Erika, we weighed the options of whether to run in District 49, where our business is located and where most of our friends and business contacts live, or District 50 where we reside".

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which estimates politicians' wealth based on personal finance disclosure information, Issa's estimated net worth was more than $323 million in 2016. He's followed by Democratic candidate Mike Levin who had $530,000 on hand out of the $918,000 he brought in. It's absolutely critical that Democrats retake the House!

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican, is retiring as well.

Spencer Custodio is a Voice of OC reporter who covers south Orange County and Fullerton.