A new poll shows Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) tied with his Democratic challenger as years of lies about President Obama may be finally catching up the Congressman from California.
According to a poll done by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
Democratic challenger Doug Applegate ties Republican incumbent Darrell Issa in a DCCC poll of likely general election voters conducted on June 15-16, 2016 in California’s 49th Congressional District. Each candidate receives 43% of the vote, with just 14% of voters undecided. In addition to consolidating 85% of the Democratic base, Applegate performs particularly well with Decline to State voters, leading Issa by 32 points among this critical voting bloc (51% to 19%, with 29% undecided). He also leads Hispanic/Latino voters, who make up nearly 16% of the district, by 26 points (56% to 30%, with 14% undecided).
Republican Donald Trump is extremely unpopular in the district with a -26 net profile (34% favorable to 60% unfavorable) and poor performance in the presidential head-to-head. Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 3 points in this district (41% to 38%, with 21% undecided).
It would be easy to blame Trump if Issa loses, but Rep. Issa is the poster child for the modern House Republican majority. Issa’s tenure as chairman of the House Oversight Committee was a complete disaster that featured show hearings and endless political witch hunts in an attempt to bring down President Obama. Issa wasted years on Republican conspiracy theory investigations into Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the IRS.
Issa’s antics were so extreme that he was tossed off of the House Oversight Committee and driven into exile by then Speaker John Boehner. Issa was so angry after Boehner denied him a seat on the House Benghazi Select Committee that he tried to sabotage his own party’s big plans to get Hillary Clinton with the Benghazi investigation. Issa tried to crash one of the Select Committee’s depositions and was tossed out by security.
Darrell Issa has spent years as the embodiment of the very worst of the Republican Party, at least until Trump came along, but now Democrats have a chance to send him packing. Trump has put Issa’s seat in play, but the California Congressman’s years of lies and conspiracy theories have given Democrats a golden opportunity to kick Issa out of Congress.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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