Darrell Issa has been a gop Congressman from the deep red, extremely wealthy enclaves of California’s northern San Diego and southern Orange counties since his first election victory in November of 2000, and he himself has the notable distinction of being the wealthiest member of Congress*. He converted the experiences and expertise that made him one of the county’s all-time greatest scam artists into a Congressional career that has shown little difference from his prior occupation, consistently being a voice shouting out to all who would listen, and spewing unfounded allegation after unfounded allegation, and outright lie after outright lie.
Back in his day as the king of car alarms, voicing not just commercials, but the actual voice on the alarm, he spoke of his discovery of the need for such alarms through his brother’s arrests for auto theft. Somehow he failed to mention his own arrests, including one for, wait for it …… auto theft. (Darrell didn’t drive off in anything mundane, either – it was a Maserati that he took.) But actually, a non-arrest is of significantly more import. In 1982, his business warehouse burned under extremely suspicious circumstances. Just prior to the fire, Issa had removed financial records from the building, secured other documents in fireproof containers, and gosh darn, the month before he quadrupled his insurance on the building. While his insurance carrier refused to pay the claim, no criminal charges were ever filed.
Another word about his personal honesty. Before winning election to Congress, he once ran for the US Senate, and in that campaign he made considerable reference to his military career, allegations that included guarding Pres. Richard Nixon at the 1971 World Series. Turns out that Nixon did not attend the World Series that year, and Issa’s military record
contempt charge against the Attorney General of the United States on purely political grounds, this is the man who single handedly has tried to dismantle the United States Postal Service in order to privatize it so it could be converted into a profit machine by big business interests, and this is the man who has repeatedly called the Obama administration the most corrupt administration of modern times.
Issa is also the guy who was knee-deep in the Bush administration’s firing of US Attorneys around the country who would not go along with the administration’s order to prosecute Democrats for any rumor of wrongdoing, but not to prosecute any republicans. In 2007, he was the driving force behind the firing of US Attorney Carol Lam who had prosecuted Issa buddy, former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who had for years also represented a solid red San Diego county district. After numerous felony charges were filed against Cunningham, he entered guilty pleas to tax evasion, conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, and wire fraud, and received a 10 year jail sentence and a $2.5 M fine. But it was Carol Lam who was the problem, for prosecuting Cunningham. Issa created and carried out a totally bogus termination plot based on false claims that she had been neglecting immigration matters that should more urgently and properly have been prosecuted.**
Issa’s pattern throughout his congressional career has been to thrown out allegations – serious allegations of corruption, deceit, and malfeasance – against his political opposition, packing the airwaves, internet and newspapers with assumptions and lies. He then follows up with high visibility congressional hearings, one after another, and all resulting in NOTHING, but costing US taxpayers an outright fortune. In fact, he once stated to reporters that in 2010, he wanted his Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold investigative hearings “seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks”. He has come painfully close to that.
Issa filled his committees with staffers connected to the industries that wold benefit monetarily and politically from his investigations. This included numerous people with close relationships with Charles and David Koch, as well as tea bagger groups such as Americans for Prosperity. The Huffington Post reported on this in their article “Darrell Issa’s Team Includes Industry Insiders“.
This man has been as vocal and omnipresent to the citizens of this country as any politician has been for several years now. He has been syphoning off energy, resources, and above all, money, from the people, all along the way. He has said he is seeking out the truth. The truth is that HE is the problem, he is the expense, he is the detriment to the orderly and proper exercise of governmental activities.
And I didn’t even mention his ill-founded and fraudulent “investigation” into the Benghazi incident, an “investigation” into a non-existent after-story only he and his cohorts found more important than would have been an investigation into the foreign nationals actually responsible for the deaths of the four Americans. But that is the way he thinks.
*Net worth estimated at $450 M.
**A 2010 Department of Justice investigation, though refusing to take any curative action or file any criminal complaints, did find that the firing of Lam and others was inappropriate and unsupported by the facts as alleged at the time.