Vista Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said Monday he was “disappointed but not surprised” by President Obama’s criticism of him for using the president's photo in a campaign mailer.
At a fundraiser in La Jolla on Sunday night, Obama said Issa’s primary contribution to Congress has been to “obstruct and to waste taxpayer dollars on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere.” The president called Issa “shameless” for using his image in his reelection campaign.
“I’m disappointed but not surprised that the president, in a political speech, continues to deny accountability for the serious scandals that happened under his watch where Americans died overseas and veterans have died here at home,” Issa said in a statement released by his congressional campaign Monday. “You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks I’ve done too much to hold Washington accountable. I’ve worked with the administration on good legislation where it was possible, called out wrongdoing wherever I saw it and will continue to do so.”
The Secretary of State’s office is holding a voter registration drive outside the Capitol today, the last day to register in California before the November election.
The office's staff registered about 20 people in the first couple of hours, said Milena Paez, who works in the office’s elections division. Many people had also stopped by the booth to ask where their polling place is or check their voter registration status, she said.
LaRhonda Sayles-Willis, who recently moved to the Sacramento area, said she saw the booth as she walked down the street and stopped by to see where she was registered. She ended up re-registering to vote to be on the safe side and said she’s particularly motivated to vote for Hillary Clinton.
On a recent weekend, with just three weeks to go until the November election, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made a whirlwind tour of five of the most hotly contested races in the state, stumping for Democratic candidates.
Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando), who faces a stiff challenge from former Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, was not one of them.
Instead, she spent part of her Saturday walking through a community street festival, handing out fliers with a handful of volunteers.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez met with the Redlands Tea Party Patriots and other conservatives in the Inland Empire on Sunday, hoping to win their support in the November election.
John Berry, a cabinet member with the Redlands Tea Party, said Sanchez told those at the meeting that although she is a solid Democrat, she has voted against her party at times and also has worked with Republicans in Congress.'
The congresswoman from Orange told the group that her opponent, fellow Democrat and state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, has consolidated California’s liberal left, Berry said. Sanchez described herself as a moderate Democrat who supports sensible gun regulations, supports small business and is pro-Israel.
At a California fundraiser Sunday night, President Obama called Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) "shameless" for using the president's photo on a recent mailer and praising him after years of criticizing the Obama administration.
Issa is facing an unexpectedly tough race this year as the eight-term Republican squares off against political novice former Marine Col. Doug Applegate.
"Issa's primary contribution to the United States Congress has been to obstruct and to waste taxpayer dollars on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere. And this is now a guy who, because poll numbers are bad, has sent out brochures with my picture on them touting his cooperation on issues with me," Obama told the crowd, according to a transcript, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in the La Jolla home of donor Christine Forester. "Now that is the definition of chutzpah."