June 11th, 2010
08:05 AM ET
8 years ago

Issa to address Pennsylvania GOP

California Rep. Darrell Issa will address Pennsylvania Republicans on Friday.

California Rep. Darrell Issa will address Pennsylvania Republicans on Friday.

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Darrell Issa, a driving force behind efforts to compel the White House to detail conversations with Democratic primary challengers, will deliver the keynote address Friday to the Pennsylvania Republican Party's summer meeting.

Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pennsylvania, is one of the candidates that the White House unsuccessfully tried to convince to drop a primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania. A role in the administration was suggested as a way to entice Sestak to forgo a challenge to Specter, the Republican turned Democrat who President Obama backed in the primary. Sestak rebuffed the attempt and went on to defeat Specter in last month's election.

The White House held a similar conversation with Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat challenging Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet. Romanoff, the former Colorado house speaker, also dismissed the White House request.

Issa, who serves as the senior Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has called for an independent counsel to investigate the matter.

"After pledging to change the business-as-usual culture of Washington during his campaign, the Sestak-Romanoff controversies have lifted a veil on this Presidency that has revealed a Chicago-style politicking that is the antithesis of what candidate-Obama campaigned on," Issa, who represents a southern California district, charged in a statement sent to CNN.

The meeting is being held in Hershey, Pennsylvania. No word yet if Issa will also be addressing Colorado Republicans.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Freedom

    Go Issa! Go GOP!

    June 11, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. H

    This is the same chuckle head who blamed the California Energy Crisis brought to us by Enron began the recall effort and brought us Arnold. Although it was funny to see him cry when he did not become Governor. This is a non-issue and it has been shown that every president has done the same thing. Give it up the president was born in America, has not taken away anyone's rights, my taxes were lower this year and nothing illegal went on with Sestak now get back to Work for the benefit of the people you represent.

    June 11, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    What a load of crap. Obama campaigned on the idea that every elected official would put the country ahead of their own political agenda. Issa represents what is wrong in Washington. Putting him on a committee that deals with government reform allows him to overlook the republican culture of corruption and fundraise on frivolous issues. Where was he when the Bush White House told Tim Pawlenty to stand down and not run against incumbent Norm Coleman for senate?

    June 11, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Marry

    “Issa, who serves as the senior Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has called for an independent counsel to investigate the matter.”
    The GOP jumps from one “matter” into the other. Perhaps they should take a look again into their beloved Bible? There it says: "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” And the GOP along with a lot of others has not only one log in their eye but a whole forest. Please clear that before criticizing the White House!

    June 11, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Slick William

    Typical liberal lawyer politicians, the law is clear but yet it never applies to them. The fall back excuse of this is politics as usual no longer works for me, especially after Change we can believe in. The only Change my family has seen is we are both now unemployed since Obama's election in 2008, although we don't blame that upon him entirely. We do blame the duration of this disaster on him due to his policies that thwart small business expansion and due to his blatant dereliction of duty to pay attention to the economy while cramming his healthcare debacle down Americas throat. Which by the way now turns out to be exactly what the GOP insisted it would be, another trillion dollars with zero benefit to anyone except a Unionized worker! Both parties suk!

    June 11, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Joel

    What is wrong with this? It's no secret for either one, right? Is it against the law? Is it morally wrong? I don't know why it would be either of them.

    June 11, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Eric

    Mr. Issa, how are you planning to PAY for the independent counsel? Not with taxpayer money, I hope. I don't mind the idea of hiring an independent counsel, but his/her fees should come out of YOUR pocket, not mine.

    June 11, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Dave

    Isn't Issa the bonehead that wants to waste taxpayer dollars investigating the nonstarter Sestak affair? Has he solved every problem in his district (remember them, the voters that elected him)? Has he lent his voice to solving the crisis in the oil spill, financial reform, health reform, poverty, unemployment, etc.? Rep. Issa, stop wasting our time and taxpayer dollars and do your job. Represent your district in congress and get things done for your district.

    June 11, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. tony

    This "Chicago style politicking"- asking a candidate not to run against the party's favored candidate- has been going on since the beginning of the nation. For the latest example before Obama, just ask Tim Pawlenty about the Bush White House's effort to convince him not to run against Norm Coleman for Senate in Minnesota in 2002. Tim Pawlenty will be running to be Republican presidential nominee in 2012. Good luck to Republicans trying to explain that. It will be like asking Milt Romney to explain why Obama's health care reform, which is essentially based on Romney's plan in Massachusetts, will be bad for the nation.

    The ironic thing about health care reform is that Romney's plan came from a proposal from the Heritage Foundation, and the idea of individual mandate was actually invented by Republicans. In the 1990s, the Heritage Foundation and many Republicans called for an individual mandate as part of a GOP alternative to the Clinton Administration’s proposed health care reforms. The Business Roundtable supported it in the summer of 2008, believing it to be a better alternative than a broad requirement to force businesses of all sizes to offer coverage. Now Republicans are calling the idea unconstitutional and Obama's health care reform "socialist medicine." Does the idea become unconstitutional and socialist now that Democrats support it too?

    June 11, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Marie MD

    What's that about living in glass houses? Little history on isaa scandals.
    Calls 9/11 a plane crash; cries like a baby during 2003 campaign; attacks familes of killed blackwater contractors; wrongly accuses Valerie Plame of perjury; drives the firing of US Attorney Carol Lam; offers howard krongard (disgraced ex inspector general) ticket to WH Christmas party; forces Jerry Nadler to withdraw truthful statement about bush's illegal domestic surveillance; defends roger clemens against steroids allegations; blames his own brother for his ownh past brushes with the law (auto theft charges);
    Yes,what a man!! Why is he even an elected official still?

    June 11, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Anonymous

    What a waste of time not to mention tax payer money for this ridiculas so called investigation..What they should ne inverstigating is all the closed door meetings that the prev WH had with all those big oil companies which may have helped lead to the biggest oil disaster in history !! I think the american people know politics when they see it.. I wonder how many times this type of thing happenned in the prev WH ??? Oh but we'll never know because of the lack of transparency there was back then !!!

    June 11, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Marge

    Oh well all liars if they are republicans can a chance to spew.

    June 11, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. John in Brooklyn

    Oh please! Presidential administrations have been offering sweet jobs to people they didn't want to have running for public office for centuries. The notion that this somehow represents a scandel – even if it were true – is a nonissue.

    June 11, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Jim

    I love how the Republicans are criticizing President Obama for not doings things any different than they do...

    June 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Patsy, Texas

    I would rather know which oil executives Cheney met with in secret
    and what was said. This is a lot more "intriguing" due to the
    "trend" of what oil companies say they can do in cases of emergency,
    and what is true. But, that's OK with Issa, because "he aint' heavy"
    he's my Republican brother.

    June 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Tilly

    Come on Republicans can't you do better than this.....we have real problems facing this country and you the GOP doesn't have any answers except saying No to everything or stonewalling and trying to make Obama and his administration FAIL.......this has been done by passed Presidents, so Obama promised transparentcy.....big deal.....Bush promised to lower taxes, sorry but I don't think the public needs to be privy to everything the President does........and he probably found out after being elected that a lot of what he said can't be done especially with the ignorant Republicans always opposing everything.......do something productive for once will you and shut the hell up

    June 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. hobart

    More hypocrisy from the Party of No. Let them share their secret conversations first, the ones that literally amounted to treason, such as conversations about why they lied about weapons of mass destruction that led up to the bogus war with Iraq, conversations about the outing of Valerie Plaim, conversations about no bid contracts to the VP's favorite corporation, Haliburton, conversations about letting the oil companies write their own regulations, and the VPs company, Haliburton once again getting fat at our expense.

    Or let's have investigate the conversations that lead up to lynch-mob Republican rhetoric, threats of assassination, threats of secession, all treason, by the way.

    June 11, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Joe in PA

    Hmnn..I guess our Pennsylvania Repubs think that we don't have enough Repub jerks in Pa so they invited in this BIG JERK from California. I guess Palin wasn't available. Repubs should be addressing the problems that Americans face rather than running around the country spewing hate and discontent. If they ever catch on to that concept they may have a chance of not being the minority party.

    June 11, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. madmatt

    I notice he didn't whine when dick cheney gave his daughter a $150k a year job at the state dept.

    June 11, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. shadysider

    While Obama hasn't been exactly what I wanted, it's still better than what I imagined a McCain/Palin presidency to be. At least we're not going drill, baby, drill resulting in huge oil spills, increasing drone attacks possibly increasing civilian casualties, and continuing the use of Gitmo which perpetuates the horrible saga of American torture and giving fuel to the Islamists.

    /Seriously, I am more than a little dissapointed. Democrats should have waited on healthcare and addressed other issues which would not contribute to the debt. Although it's not like Republicans had been deficit hawks at all until Obama won the election. Republicans need to lose the crazy Limbaugh/Beck talk within their party if they want to win moderates and independents, but look at them not get the message and run Palin in 2012, which would be the only way (barring increased economic stability and employment) that ALL moderates and independents vote Democrat again.

    June 11, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. John Wilson, Racine, WI

    Issa: Much ado about absolutely NOTHING!

    Both parties work in the back ground when it comes to candidates; they always have and they probably always will...

    For President Obama to stop this he would have to eliminate all of Congress, Senate, both the Democratic and Republican Parties and all Lobbyists... FAT CHANCE!

    Come to think of it, I would support the elimination of all these cretins!

    June 11, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. deliver the keynote address

    before you go around giving advice to others about what they should do, how about you get California's troubles fixed


    June 11, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |