Darrell Issa considers return to Congress if Duncan Hunter resigns

An already vulnerable seat in the House of Representatives may be up for grabs, and former California Rep. Darrell Issa is considering going after it.

If Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) decides to resign over a recent corruption scandal and subsequent indictment, Issa stated he would consider running for the seat.

The Scandal

Rep. Hunter and his wife have been accused of using $250,000 of campaign funds for personal expenses.

Among the items included in their spending spree items are golf outings, personal vacations, and tuition fees for their children.

Initially, it appeared as though they were going to dig in and fight the chargers, but Hunter’s wife recently changed her plea to “guilty.”

With that change of heart, Hunter’s seat would seem to be a priority for the GOP to fill with someone that can all but guarantee victory.

Enter Issa

Republican Darrell Issa left Congress after his last term expired in 2018. Even if Issa had run, there was no certainty he would have won the election.

His seat in the 49th district was widely regarded as being in danger of being flipped from red to blue anyway. With Duncan possibly leaving his seat or being forced out, Issa is now mulling over a potential return to Congress, but in a district much more friendly to his Republican values.

Currently, Issa is waiting on Senate approval as Trump’s appointment to be the head of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Since the Senate is taking its sweet time confirming Issa, he is now considering getting back into his former seat in Congress.

Rep. Hunter did not exactly give Issa a vote of confidence if he does decide to move forward.

Hunted stated, “Darrell has been supportive of me in the past. He is supporting me now. He is not in the district, nothing close to it. He probably doesn’t know much about the district. But it’s anybody’s prerogative to run for office anywhere they want to.”

The 50th district, which Hunter represents, has been a Republican stronghold for some time, so Issa would surely have less resistance there than he would have had if he chose to run again in 2018.

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