Vista, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa will not run for a 10th term in Congress.
The former chairman of the House Oversight Committee narrowly won reelection in 2016 and was widely considered the most vulnerable incumbent in the House going into the 2018 election.
The richest man in Congress, Issa had already drawn a handful of well funded opponents.
In a statement, Issa announced his retirement.
“Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve.
Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek reelection in California’s 49th District, 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. Most humbling for me — and for anyone who represents this area — has been the special privilege of representing the Marines and sailors of Camp Pendleton and their families.
On countless occasions, and in every corner of the world I met them, I was inspired by their bravery and humbled by their sacrifice to keep us all safe from harm. Representing you has been the privilege of a lifetime.”
Meanwhile, according to Ballotpedia, Democrats are in a big-money dog fight to see who will run against the currently unknown GOP candidate to take Issa’s place.
Candidate—–Receipts—–Disbursements–Cash on hand
California’s 49th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2016. Incumbent Darrell Issa (R) defeated Douglas Applegate (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Issa and Applegate defeated Ryan Glenn Wingo (Independent) in the top-two primary on June 7, 2016.
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