California Rep.: Antagonist on Democratic eyes and hero to conservative Republicans
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California Congressman and Republican Chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa is a big name behind inquiries on economic stimulus program or Troubled Assets Rehabilitation Program (TARP) and present administration’s threats to religious freedom. Also, included in Congressman Issa’s inquiry list were scandals at the General Services Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Secret Service and Solyndra bankruptcy. What transpired out of Issa’s inquiry initiatives?
After 16-month investigation, Issa shelled out an issue few Americans understand, but many have likely heard about as – “Operations Fast and Furious” which prompted GOP-dominated panel Issa chairs, ‘voted to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of the committee.’
Issa reaped controversies upon controversies consequent of his committee’s vote to hold Attorney General Holder Jr. in contempt of the committee.
In defense of himself Issa said, “I would hope we’re most remembered for, on a bipartisan basis, passing the DATA Act out of this committee and then passing it out of the House unanimously,” he said after the hearing. “I think that the transparency — the other works that our committee has done — are the core of our committee’s obligation. Obviously, we have an obligation in a situation like this, but our high point was what we did together, not what happened here today,” as quoted from Ed O’Keefe.
Issa’s longing to be remembered as a “serious, non partisan leader of government reform efforts but last Wednesday’s contempt vote — and the possibility of a full House vote on the matter next week — likely will cement his status as a partisan antagonist in the eyes of Democrats and a hero to conservative Republicans — whether he likes it or not” as O'Keefe reported.
Congressman Issa, a hero to conservative Republicans and a partisan antagonist before Democratic eyes as he did what is ought for his committee, country and people will always be remembered as “doer of the right thing” at a time when “nobody seemed to mind and care.”
The California solon puts the affairs of his country above himself inspite of what people around say.