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Issa Says He’s Not Worried About Trump Factor In Re-Election Bid

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U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa talks about his continued support for Donald Trump in San Diego, Sept. 1, 2016.

Issa Says He's Not Worried About Trump Factor In Re-Election Bid


Darrell Issa, Congressman, R-Vista


Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said he is not concerned about his own re-election, despite numbers that show his race is tightening for the first time in his congressional career.

A new poll released this week by Strategies 360 shows Issa holds a narrow lead over his relatively unknown Democratic challenger for the 49th Congressional District, retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate. The poll was commissioned by Applegate's campaign, but the numbers have drawn national speculation over whether voters are reacting to Issa’s support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“I think there is a disconnect between the top of the ticket and my district, and there should be,” Issa said. “I’ve held both Democrats and Republicans accountable.”

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Issa appeared at the Trump rally at the convention center in San Diego back in May. It was after his first choice, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, dropped out of the race. Despite Trump’s weak showing in heavily blue California, Issa said he’s not pulling back on his support.

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A construction crane overlooks the main headquarters for General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego.

“I’m not putting any distance,” Issa said. “I always knew I would campaign for someone I believed in — that was Marco Rubio. I also knew I would vote for one of the 17 people on the dais.”

Issa is best known from his time heading the House Oversight and Government Reform committees, where he held the initial hearings on Benghazi and the failed gun sting, Fast and Furious. These days Issa is talking about working on immigration reform and touting his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has continued to criticize during a trip to Mexico this week.

The congressman spoke Thursday morning outside the NASSCO shipyard, where he was part of a bi-partisan congressional tour of San Diego County’s defense facilities.

The 49th Congressional District includes Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and San Clemente.

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