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Issa Named Top GOP Member on House Oversight & Gov't Reform

By Ed O'Keefe
Darrell Issa
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) (left) with outgoing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Dec. 9, 2008. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Republicans have picked California Rep. Darrell Issa to serve as ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the panel tasked with keeping tabs on waste, fraud, abuse and other activities within federal departments and agencies.

“I look forward to leading committee Republicans and working with my Democratic colleagues in helping the new Administration of President Barack Obama root out waste, fraud, and abuse in the Federal government,” Issa said in a statement.

“While objective and bipartisan hearings are a priority for Republicans, the minority will not tolerate inappropriately partisan hearings or investigations,” he added. “We also stand ready to pro-actively probe any critical failures of government neglected by the Committee majority.”

As The Eye reported a few weeks ago, Issa secured support from all of the committee's Republican members and Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), the current ranking member, who is retiring from the House.

The Eye has a previously scheduled interview with Issa on Thursday morning and will post highlights of the conversation tomorrow afternoon. Leave your suggested questions in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 10, 2008; 5:45 PM ET
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Comments

Darrell Issa the ex-car thief is in charge of oversight? P L E A S E !

Posted by: GTFOOH | December 10, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Qualcomm scored a big one with this schmuck Issa

Posted by: sacrevache | December 10, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Hi Ed!

I love both Chris Cillizza's and your blog! I read both ev'ry day.

Do you know if there is another blog, in WP or anywhere else, about national security, foreign policy, defense... but similar of waht you do? or otherwise, are you considering expand your scope in order to include this subjects?

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

Posted by: ERICJORDI | December 11, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

A quote from the above, “While objective and bipartisan hearings are a priority for Republicans, the minority will not tolerate inappropriately partisan hearings or investigations,” he added. “We also stand ready to pro-actively probe any critical failures of government neglected by the Committee majority.”
Boy that sounds great doesn't it? Too bad Issa has shown just the opposite on any range of issues followed by the Oversight committee. I can not remember specific but I have a vivid memory of this very same congressmen Issa having a heated exchange with Waxman just this passed year. It was pure partisanship and he was told so by Waxman. I am sorry but I have very little faith in the GOP doing anything other than filibuster in the coming future, but this is not a surprise as all the GOP has run on the last couple of years is calling the Dem's wimps when it comes to national security, using fear tactics, and wedge issues to divide Americans. In fact I heard the chair of the RNC just say this morning in an interview that the GOP is a big tent party! How does that work, you lose the Hispanic, African-American, LGBT and the young vote but somehow you are a big tent party. Yeah a big "white tent", not to say that the GOP is a party of racist but excuse me if I fail to see diversity in an all white crowd yelling "drill, baby drill" and laughing when your VP candidate, as well as the "all-American" Mayor Guiliani about community organizers.

I guess I also laugh when the GOP year after year tels me that they are the party of fiscal conservatism and small government. Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II have been nothing of the sort while Clinton slightly resembles those two adjectives during his tenure of having a surplus while leaving office.

Posted by: Quasimoto1 | December 11, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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