Skip to comments.Rep. Issa announces candidacy for Republican House leadership post (Policy Comm. chairman)
Posted on 01/13/2006 7:49:06 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, announced his candidacy Friday for a spot in the House Republican leadership being vacated by one of the contenders to replace Tom DeLay as majority leader.
Issa said he will seek the post of Republican Policy Committee chairman, among the lower spots in the eight-member GOP leadership team but one that would give him a seat in meetings with the House speaker, majority leader, whip and others.
"I think California needs to be represented in the national policy debate," Issa said in an interview. "So much of what needs to be heard in Washington originates in California."
The position has been held by Arizona Rep. John Shadegg, who Friday became a candidate in the race for majority leader, opposing Reps. Roy Blunt of Missouri and John Boehner of Ohio.
Republicans will select some new leaders after they return from their winter recess at the end of the month. California now has one other member of leadership: Rep. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin, the Republican Conference secretary.
Doolittle is tied to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and his leadership post could be at risk if Republicans hold elections for all leadership spots short of speaker. Some rank-and-file Republicans are pushing for such full-scale elections in the wake of the Abramoff lobbying scandal that helped force DeLay, R-Texas, to give up the majority leader job.
He's a RINO and has his nose up Bush's backside.
He let Bush get to him and he pulled the $100k he promised to SaveOurState for the petition drive and scuttled it.
He was also behind the guest worker garbage until he got so much flack from the voters that he is making an appereance of being for border enforcement.
He has also come out publicly saying that Hesbola isn't a terrorist organization (he's lebonese).
I wish he had a serious conservative chalanging him in the primary so I could vote against him.
"He's a RINO and has his nose up Bush's backside. "
Now the truth comes out, you are just another Bush hater and you hate anyone who likes Bush.
Go to hell RINO!
Oh, I must have touched a nerve.
No, you've shown yourself to be a liberal POS for a long time.
Sure, I am liberal, because I prefer moderate Republicans to socialist Democrats, unlike some who loudly keep proclaiming how conservative they are who work AGAINST Republicans and basically call ALL Republicans "RINO"-s and it turns out they prefer to have socialist Democrats elected. So who is the liberal, hm?
When are some of you going to get it through your heads that it's Bush or Kerry/Gore/Hillay are the choices. So if you don't like Bush, you obviously are helping the Dem agenda. Nobody can be so naive as not to see that, therefore they must be doing it deliberately.
No offense, but if you're looking for reliable information I wouldn't start with that.
No offense taken. Enlighten me.
You were reply to a post of mine, where I was replying to a post, which basically said that Issa is a RINO and no good, because he likes Bush. THAT is how Bush got into the discussion.
This must be a sign of the apocalypse. You just told the truth. Now go forth to DU back to your nutty pals.
Issa publicly announced his support of the Hesbolla not only on national TV but here locally in the district.
Outside of that he's genuine RINO garbage.
I wish Morrow would take him on instead of running against Kaloogian in the 50th since Morrow lives in the 48th and is term limited out of the Senate this year.
I guess you just confirmed that you see the world upside down, when someone who prefers a Republicans is a liberal and someone who actively works AGAINST conservative propositions, such as cutting spending, actively works to get Dems elected can still run around and claim they are conservative, because they say so, even if everything else they say and do refutes that claim.
Neither do I.
But she doesn't cite when the quote was made, or in what context. I'm not saying all Muslims are liars, but it would be easy to find examples of Muslim "journalists" basking in the glory of a US government official's condescensions -- real or imagined.
She compares him to Cynthia McKinney, calls him "Jihad Darrel" and all of this before the slim quote from a Beirut newspaper.
It's a fallacy-laden attempt at character assassination. If you're going to hang a man, do it with justice.
I'd like to know more about that, because -- correct me if I'm wrong here-- Hezbolla is on a US government terrorist watch list, and if that's the case, I have a hard time believing Issa is openly advocating for Hezbolla.
Liberal said what ?
I hope this guy wins the leadership post:
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is speaking out against charges made against him recently by WorldNetDaily exclusive columnist Debbie Schlussel that he is a supporter of a Middle Eastern terrorist group.
Schlussel, who calls Issa a "useful idiot," claims the congressman stated that Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization.
"During a just-concluded trip to the Middle East," wrote Schlussel, "Jihad Darrell announced that terrorist group Hezbollah is legitimate and has never been involved with terrorist activities, according to the Tehran Times, IRNA (the official Iranian news agency), and the Beirut Daily Star."
Schlussel quotes Issa as telling the Daily Star: "I have a great deal of sympathy for the work that Hezbollah tries to do."
She chides the congressman for dining with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and visiting Syria, a nation the U.S. considers a sponsor of terrorism.
Schlussel surmised, "This man, Darrell Issa, is disgusting."
Issa, an American of Lebanese descent, was elected last year to represent California's 48th Congressional District in Southern California. Formerly a longtime businessman in the electronics industry, Issa serves on the House committees on International Relations, Judiciary and Small Business.
After becoming aware of Schlussel's column, Issa's office released a statement in which the congressman denounces what he calls a "false" story in the Tehran Times.
"The story printed in the Tehran Times is an outright lie," Issa said. "They made it up. Our message was just the opposite. We repeatedly called on Hezbollah's state sponsors to pressure the group to renounce terrorism."
Issa led a four-member congressional delegation to Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Israel last month.
According to the congressman, the Tehran Times story was an attempt by Hezbollah's Iranian backers to discredit the U.S. delegation.
"We were delivering a very tough message," Issa said. "They didn't like it, so they made up their own and put our names on it."
Issa's statement included excerpts from news reports from the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.
The Agence-France Presse report quotes Issa as saying, "Hezbollah must renounce terrorism."
On Nov. 29, the congressman spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to "set the record straight."
"The Tehran Times chose to say that we had said that the Hezbollah was not a terrorist organization," Issa explained, "when nothing could be further from the truth. It has a long history of terrorism, including its leaders having murdered American Marines in 1983, having blown up our embassy, and those leaders are still sought."
Following the posting of Schlussel's column on Nov. 27, Issa's office began to hear from WND readers via e-mail and phone.
Dale Neugebauer, Issa's chief of staff, said he isn't sure how many pieces of mail they may have received on the issue, since, due to the anthrax scare, no regular mail has been delivered to the congressman's office for seven weeks.
Supporters of Issa in his California district began contacting him after the column was circulated online.
"A local Internet person started sending it out to my friends and supporters," Issa told WorldNetDaily.
Both Issa and Neugebauer were surprised that anyone would quote the official news agency of the Iranian government as a credible source.
"Would you believe anything published by an Iranian news service?" Issa asked.
"There were 40 different news services at the press conference [in the Middle East]. Thirty-eight reported my comments accurately. AP, Reuters and others got it as it was meant to be."
Said Neugebauer, "I was shocked that someone would quote the Iranian news service and repeat it like it was real. We know that this is a propaganda organization."
Issa referred to the 241 American Marines who were killed by Hezbollah terrorists in 1983.
"I'm an American veteran," added Issa. "The whole idea that we would give a pass to an organization that has killed American servicemen is preposterous."
Schlussel told WND she first heard about the news reports from Issa constituents via e-mail.
"Constituents of Issa sent me copies of the Tehran Times story and links to it," she said. "Several of them wrote me that they are worried that their congressman thinks he is radical Islamic terrorist groups' ambassador to the U.S., rather than their congressman."
Schlussel pointed out that other news agencies corroborated the Tehran Times report.
"[The Tehran Times quote] was backed up by other very similar statements in the Beirut Daily Star and SANA (the Syrian National News Agency), all of whom claim they had reporters there when Issa made the statements," she explained. "Did they lie, too, when they quoted him saying that Hezbollah's terrorist activities are 'legitimate resistance'?"
The columnist believes that the Tehran Times accurately reports on terrorist organizations.
"Hezbollah is run by the Iranian government in Tehran," Schlussel said, "and I believe that the Tehran Times accurately quotes both the leaders of Hezbollah and its supporters, such as Congressman Darrell Issa. I believe the Tehran Times' quotes of what he actually said are a lot more credible than Congressman Issa's weak attempts to brush them off."
Comparing Issa to Arafat, Schlussel says the congressman talks out of both sides of his mouth.
"In my view, Issa practices the Arafat version of journalism telling the Middle Eastern Arabic papers one thing, and us another," she said. "Issa seems to be fashioning himself after the Arafatian Model."
Schlussel also cites an article in ArabicNews.com mentioning a report that Issa presented a proposal to Hezbollah: Its name would be lifted from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations if it cooperated with Washington in its war on terrorism.
"This is ridiculous and outrageous," Schlussel said. "To use Issa's own words, how could an army veteran stand for this preposterous proposal?"
Neugebauer, however, strongly disputed the story's validity.
"It is nonsense," he said. "Hezbollah started a similar rumor when they publicly refused to meet with the delegation during the trip. Of course, we never asked for a meeting, didn't want a meeting and wouldn't have taken a meeting. The delegation denied these reports during their stop in Lebanon.
"The delegation of U.S. lawmakers delivered a tough message to Hezbollah's state sponsors. That they would use disinformation to derail the effort isn't surprising. It's just unfortunate that Debbie was their unwitting dupe."
But Schlussel points to the Agence France-Presse story cited by Issa as evidence of his support for Hezbollah.
"If Hezbollah limited its activities to the humanitarian and governmental work it does in south Lebanon, it would never have been on [a U.S. list of terrorist organizations]," said Issa, according to the AFP report.
"Since he thinks Hezbollah's done 'humanitarian' things, in addition to blowing up U.S. citizens, why stop at Hezbollah?" asked Schlussel. "Bin Laden's done 'humanitarian' things for Muslims, too spent millions on them. Why not compliment him, also? Does Issa think Hitler whose government provided the largest social welfare system of the time (if only to 'desirables') did 'humanitarian' things, too?"
Concluded Schlussel, "That Issa said these things about Hezbollah is not preposterous; it's reality. The only thing preposterous here is that any U.S. congressman with a history of deceit would try to legitimize Hezbollah through his ludicrous statements and think he'd get away with it by saying that everyone but him is lying."
Having a Governor Goldwater and a House Majority Leader Shadegg would definitely go a long way towards correcting some of the recent (unforced) errors made by the GOP.