So long, and thanks for the memories.
Unfortunately, that is the refrain that’s going to be given to Republican Congressman Darryl Issa of California’s 49th District. After nine terms, he is calling it quits.
“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 re-election in California’s 49th District,” Issa said in a statement.
Upon this announcement, Democrats and their committees all but cheered at the prospect of winning back that particular seat which represents part of San Diego in the House of Representatives. It seems that in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won it by a large margin.
Of course, that was prior to President Donald Trump taking office, and all the Make America Great Again tax cuts, and Obamacare being gutted, but it was not going to be an easy seat for Republicans to defend.
Issa joins quite the list of congresscritters outright quitting after the current term. Why this is happening at this time specifically for Republicans when the party FINALLY has control of both Congress and the White House is not clear. However, it does assure that the 2018 midterm elections are going to be interesting.
Issa’s retirement is another data point in the signs of a possible Democratic wave in this year’s midterm elections.
His departure means House Republicans will have to defend at least 31 open seats this year due to retirements, resignations, and lawmakers seeking other offices. By contrast, House Democrats will only have 15 open seats so far.
Eight House GOP committee chairmen have decided to call it quits this election cycle, including three in the past week: Royce, House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.).
This news has Democrats salivating at the prospect of taking control of Congress at the midterms. The opposing party doing that has been the norm for the last few presidents. This time, though, the president is actually doing what he promised for the people. We’ll see if that wave actually builds.