Breaking: ISSA drops out! UPDATE: Dirty Diane Harkey drops IN!

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The landscape of the upcoming Congressional election continues to shift, and images of rats and sinking ships continue to crowd our minds, as yet another endangered Orange County GOP Congressman announces his resignation

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., one of the most prominent and endangered Republicans in Congress, has decided not to run for reelection in November, becoming the latest in a string of vulnerable GOP incumbents to retire ahead of midterm elections expected to favor Democrats.

Issa, who made a national name for himself as an Obama administration antagonist while leading a House investigative committee, will not seek another term, NBC News has confirmed.

The Southern California Republican, who is the wealthiest member of Congress, was nearly unseated in 2016 in when Democrat Douglas Applegate came within fewer than 2,000 votes of the incumbent. Applegate quickly declared he would mount a re-match in in 2018.

Hillary Clinton won Issa’s 49th Congressional District in 2016 by over seven percentage points against Donald Trump even though Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama there by a similar margin in 2012.

Orange County was once a fabled Republican stronghold, but Clinton became the first Democrat to win the affluent area since the Great Depression as it veered away from Trump.

On Tuesday, another Southern California Republican, Rep. Ed Royce, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee, announced he too would not run for reelection.

With many observers expecting a Democratic wave in November, some vulnerable Republicans are rushing to get out of the way.

More Republican incumbents have already said they will retire this year (18) than the number of Democrats who did so ahead of the 2010 midterm elections (11), which swept Republicans into power, according to a former Democratic campaign official.

Issa, the richest and one of the most erratic and publicity-hungry Congressmen, became this blog’s problem after the 2011 California re-districting, when his north-San Diego County district was redrawn to include South OC towns San Clemente, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano.  Before his announcement several Democrats had already jumped into the race against him;  this blog has been supporting Colonel Douglas Applegate, the more progressive, Bernie-supporting Oceanside candidate who nearly beat Darrell last year; while the more corporatist Liberal OC has been backing their friend Mike Levin, who moved down from Irvine for the race, a practice many view with disdain.

**** Afternoon update****

Oh joy.  Turns out the Republican Party’s choice to succeed this corrupt mogul is the swindler Diane Harkey, about whom we have written a library.  (About her and her husband at least, but she should NOT be allowed to run from his crimes which benefited them both, rocketed her to where she is, and in which she assisted.)  I hope this material is helpful to Applegate or whomever Democrats choose, and there are a lot of senior citizens down that way who would love to help…

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