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DARRELL ISSA:  Elijah, I've just had about enough of your whining.
ELIJAH CUMMINGS:  Mr. Chairman, seek the WHOLE truth and nothing but the truth in our investigations of the IRS.
Boy, with the government shutdown and the stress (over nothing) we've seen Darrell Issa go through just before and after the shutdown, you'd think he would at least want to cool it.

But sadly, Issa is still completely unable to do any investigation without being partisan.  It most definitely isn't in his DNA.

Here Elijah Cummings and Darrell Issa have a testy exchange over Issa's decision to tell acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel he wasn't welcome to this past Wednesday's hearing on the IRS responsibility in handling the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Gee, I wonder why Issa didn't want Werfel to appear aside Sarah Hall Ingram, Director of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Office at the IRS as she was giving her testimony.

However, while Issa may have his supporters (he's got over 100,000 followers on his Twitter account), thanks to the CA Republican Party and GOP in the Golden State being as popular as dog doo-doo, Issa's CA-49 Congressional District is now more situated in San Diego County than before and given SD County voter registration numbers show a competitive voter registration fight over Democrats vs. Republicans, now may be a time to start doing voter registration drives in CA-49 to turn the district into purple, whether by 2014, 2016 or 2018.

Here's the voter registration as of February 2013 by the actual CA-49 Congressional District, which combines parts of San Diego and Orange County.  Note the number of Decline-to-State/Independents:

Orange County:  
Democrats:  22,239
Republicans:  44,833
Decline-to-State/Independent:  19,077

San Diego County:
Democrats:  84,282
Republicans:  107,221
Decline-to-State/Independent:  70,938


Democrats:  106,521
Republicans:  152,054
Decline-to-State/Independent:  90,015

Now if you live in or near CA-49 and want a reason to start voter registration drives or take part in them, note that San Diego County Democratic Party has a calendar that keeps track of all activity going on, whether local Democratic club meetings or voter registration drive events:

Darrell Issa has a Democratic challenger in 2014, at least one so far.  His name is Dave Peiser and here is his contact information:

Dave Peiser for Congress:





Phone:  (760) 405-1257

The website still needs more updating and we still need to know where Peiser stands so if you desire to have another candidate, start contacting the CA State Democratic Party and the San Diego County Democratic Party to see about getting additional candidates to run in the primary against Darrell Issa.
California Democratic Party
Address:  1401 21st Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone:  (916) 442-5707
Fax:  (916) 442-5715
San Diego County Democratic Party Website:
Address:  8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 10 San Diego, CA 92111
Phone:  (858) 277-3367
Fax:    (858) 571-0275
Contact Form:
Might as well harass the DCCC:
Address:  430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone:  (202) 863-1500
Contact Form:

Originally posted to pipsorcle on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 02:11 PM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos and California politics.


Is it possible for Darrell Issa to shut his trap?

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  •  The problem with ulterior motives is that (4+ / 0-)
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    jayden, peacestpete, Lujane, viral

    if one is constantly agitating for what one doesn't actually want, then what one does want is likely to just slip away. It seems that's what happened with the creation of Obamacare via two pieces of legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), supplemented by Dodd-Frank, which establishes a new supervisory system for insurance companies.
    That is, the opponents of health insurance reform were so fixated on death panels and Medicare Advantage, that they missed the major financial components that arrived with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act and Dodd -Frank and that implementation was going to be under the jurisdiction of the IRS, an arm of the Treasury.

    I've covered some of this in this diary
    at a minimum it explains why Issa has a bug up his ass about the IRS. They keep trying to argue that the IRS having personal information is somehow nefarious when everybody already knows that they routinely give their info to that agency. If they claim deductions for medical expenses, they have to substantiate them by telling whom they were paid to. Perhaps the problem is that Congress critters don't do their own tax returns.

    •  Perhaps so (4+ / 0-)
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      highacidity, Naniboujou, jayden, Lujane

      But Issa's motives aren't new.  He's been this way ever since he was elected Congressman in November 2010.  Whether we're talking about bankrolling the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election, the Iraq War votes, waiting to hold George W. Bush accountable until after the Democratic Party won in November 2006, etc.

      Issa has had bug up his ass for over ten years.  He's a partisan and he goes after anything that can give him attention.  Why on earth do you think he has more than 120,000 Twitter followers?

    •  Oops. Sorry. Elected in November 2000. (2+ / 0-)
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      Naniboujou, Lujane

      Issa's been Congressman of CA-49 since January 2001 so he started just before George W. Bush became President.

    •  Not true that you have to list medical providers (3+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, viral, myboo

      It is simply not true that "If they claim deductions for medical expenses, they have to substantiate them by telling whom they were paid to."

      If you claim deductions for medical expenses (now only worth doing if they exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income, so very few people ever do), IF you get audited, you have to substantiate those deductions. That is true of every other part of your tax return as well, such as expenses for a small business. If you want to claim meals as a business expense, you have to substantiate where you ate and who you were with and what business you discussed.

      If there's some medical procedure you don't want the IRS ever ever to know about (abortion, say), you have the option to not claim it as a deduction.


  •  Representative Cummings (5+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou, jayden, sow hat, Lujane, myboo

    is a real gentleman.  If that would have been me sitting beside that cry baby,  I would have slapped him right across those lying lips.  

    •  I am blessed to have him as my Congressman (2+ / 0-)
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      viral, myboo

      and I never need to call his office because I know he'll vote the way I would want him to.  That frees me up to call lots of other Congressional offices, which I do almost every day.  I do call him office from time to time to thank him though.

      Wish we had 100 more like him, at least.

  •  Steve Israel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (0+ / 0-)

    are simply not cut out to take back the House of Representatives.

    Get DWS out of the DNC chair and get somebody competent running the DCCC.

    How are we supposed to get rid of Issa when Peter King feels safe in NY?

    Who they think of as great candidates in winnable contests, and who they think of as Republicans who should be left alone, are a part of the problem.

    Peter King of New York, the odious coward caucus member who spoke loudly and voted with a big cave, will never leave his seat if it is up to Steve Israel. He's beatable. His presence in the House is enabling of the Tea Party with a faux patina of disapproval.  

    Rep. Dan Maffei represents New York's 24th congressional district, and might as well be representing an always endangered House seat in Kentucky.

    "Democrat" Steve Horsford is sitting in a blue seat in Southern Nevada, voting with the Teahadi on delaying the ACA and on piecemeal funding in ways that are not helpful to the greater Democratic effort to change the conversation away from hostage taking and government by crisis.

    There is nothing about this seat that makes Horsford's actions defensible in the current climate of GOP hostage taking and the mass pain and suffering it causes.

    Joe Heck, the coward caucus member in the Nevada 3rd, is screaming for a strong challenger and the attitude seems to be "Harry Reid's people in the state party will find somebody". Well, no. Earth to establishment Democrats in DC, Harry Reid has been sending signals to the national party that he may retire when his current term is up, and "his people" back home in the Nevada Democratic Party have never acted like present-day Nevada was like their own Louisiana in the 1930's. If anything, Reid was fine to stand by his 'gentleman's agreements' with Republican Senators and let the Democratic Senate candidate twist in the wind like poor Jack Carter.

    You can see winnable contests all around the nation.

    The generic ballot polling never pans out to actual gains if the opportunity to fight for every single seat is squandered or overlooked or downplayed as unrealistic.

    I can tell you from watching Dina Titus lose her original suburban Las Vegas House seat after one term, and watching Dean Heller and then Joe Heck hold that seat, especially when Harry Reid was going nuclear on Sharron Angle and the entire Reid army was in full-on battle mode that the Nevada 3rd is not being lost because the locals are not game, but suffering from lack of sufficient support and dismal coordination with the people whose fucking jobs it is supposed to be to retake the House majority. John Oceguera lost to Joe Heck in the winnable NV 3rd because the race for his seat was treated like a goddamned lost cause from day one. Who? This man was willing to upend his entire life to help the national Democratic Party not leave a winnable seat unchallenged. He reward was to be left twisting in the wind while the Koch Brothers smeared him, the Las Vegas Review Journal carried Koch Brothers water to give it local credence and gravitas, and Democrats didn't even know their was a Democratic challenger to Joe Heck until they showed up to pull a lever. Local Democrats did what they could. The Internet activists raise the money they could. Where was the DCCC?

    Why is a Joe Heck left alone? His fake Teahadi when he's with the Teahadi coward caucus when he's with the rest of the voters is no better for the President than a true Teahadi.

    Dan Maffeis and Steve Horsfords are going to get you nowhere in a war with Rightwing extremism, and more consistent Democrats could win their seats and hold them.

    To win the House back, we have to win seats that the DCCC doesn't take seriously as being winnable, or the powers that be don't want to take out certain GOP players for some reason. Now is the time to be ruthless, not cautious. Stop seeking the ideal Democrats Lanny Davis thinks can win in 1995-1999 in winnable seats with reliable Democrats and letting some beatable GOPers off the damned hook.

    A crisis might aid the DCCC with recruitment and help paper over the problem, but it's institutional and part of the problem.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 08:48:31 PM PDT

    •  I echo your sentiment (0+ / 0-)

      However, you aren't quite up-to-date on what's happening with regards to Joe Heck being challenged.

      There is already a Democratic challenger to Rep. Heck and her name is Erin Bilbray.  She's already DCCC-endorsed, has been running for months now and appears to already be a strong candidate against Congressman Heck.  In fact, I signed up for Bilbray's e-mail updates per her campaign and got the following e-mail:

      "Great news!  Today, our race was officially added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) Jumpstart Program.  The DCCC's Jumpstart Program provides early support to top Congressional Candidates who have demonstrated an ability to win.  As DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel explained, "Jumpstart candidates are standouts - women and men who have spent their careers solving problems and putting the middle class ahead of partisan ideology."

      Erin Bilbray for Congress:


      I wouldn't discredit Debbie Wasserman-Schultz entirely.  Remember, she previously ran the DNC from 2011-2012 and did a respective job all things considered given she's also had to deal with being a Congresswoman in her own FL-23 Congressional District (two jobs).  And to note, there were quite a number of pickups the Democrats got on November 2012.  Compare that with Reince Priebus, who as RNC Chairman served in just that role and only that role for his day job.

      However, to your point, I believe the DNC would be better served by a DNC Chair that would work full-time, rather than part-time like Wasserman-Schultz has done and be more on the Howard Dean caliber.  At the same time, that person would need to do a MUCH better job than Tim Kaine did when he served as DNC Chair from 2009-2010 (now he's the junior U.S.  Senator in Virginia) and oversaw the big losses Democrats got in the House on November 2010.  And for DCCC Chair, I'm all for Alan Grayson taking the mantle.

      I agree on Maffei.  As Markos reported, he's nuts for voting with the GOP on the government shutdown matter and should naturally be primaried as he's in a Lean Democrat district.

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