California Rep. Darrell Issa Joins GOP Quit Parade

He won his seat in 2016 by less than 1 point. He later targeted Clinton as she moved toward seeking the presidency over her response to the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Issa released an announcement on his decision, in which he called his 18 years in Congress "the privilege of a lifetime".

Issa, who made a national name for himself as an Obama administration antagonist while leading a House investigative committee, will not seek another term, NBC News has confirmed.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., will not seek re-election to his Orange County congressional seat, he announced Wednesday, the latest in a string of retirements from Republican House members in recent weeks.

Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve. But he became best known in Washington for turning the Oversight Committee into something like an Inquisition.

Issa's district in southern California was a primary target for Democrats in the coming election cycle. In 2016, the district's voters preferred Clinton by 8 points over Republican Donald Trump.

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"I feel like I'm going out on top at a time when a generic Republican's going to win my district and I'm going to support the nominee on my side and then I'm going to continue to be very active", he said.

Issa represents a San Diego-area district and is the wealthiest member of Congress with a fortune estimated at more than $250 million.

In 2016, Issa narrowly won his re-election bid against Democrat Doug Applegate, a retired Marine colonel who has said he will run again this year.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed field organizers in Issa's district almost a near ago, and opened an Orange County office previous year aimed at flipping the Issa and Royce seats to Democrats. "We are truly grateful for his service", said Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the NRCC.

"California Republicans clearly see the writing on the wall and realize that their party and its priorities are toxic to their re-election chances in 2018", Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Drew Godinich said.


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