"Worst Week in Washington" winner: Darrell Issa
Sometimes picking the person who had the "Worst Week in Washington" is hard. And then sometimes it's Darrell Issa.
The California Republican Congressman made waves early in the 112th Congress with his plans to serve as the investigator-in-chief of the Obama Administration.
But Issa found himself on the wrong end of the investigation stick this week when the news broke that his press aide had been sharing email from reporters with a New York Times reporter working on a book about culture in Washington.
Issa quickly fired the aide -- Kurt Bardella -- and congratulated himself for taking such decisive action.
As we wrote in our Sunday column in the Washington Post:
"It's hard to believe that Issa, who has been around politics for quite some time - he was the lead agitator and sunk $200 million of his own money into the effort to recall then-California Gov. Gray Davis (D) in 2003 -- didn't know that Bardella was a bit of a wild card."
"The more plausible explanation is that Issa gave the ambitious and aggressive Bardella too long a leash because he knew that the flack could win him the sort of publicity he wanted and needed to emerge as President Obama's lead antagonist."
You can read the whole column here.
| March 5, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
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