Darrell Issa (R) Thinks He Is Qualified To Be A Judge! After So Many Times Being Arrested, Maybe He Is! Is Issa a Hypocrite?
Darrell Issa, Multi-Millionaire Congressman Is Definitely Not Mr. Clean!
Darrell Issa, Republican Congressman from California has a checkered past, with multiple arrests
for auto theft and weapons charges. Issa was also suspected of arson
for a fire that destroyed one of the buildings he owned and suspected of
strong-arming a partner with a gun. Now, the man who sobbed for
television cameras when his party backed Arnold for governor of
California instead of him, is using taxpayer money to pursue the NLRB
and even threaten to shut them down.
When Issa became the Republican hatchet man who was almost solely
responsible for the recall of California's Governor Gray Davis in 2003,
he had to use his own money. At that time, Issa donated almost 2 million
dollars to the recall effort because he had plans to be crowned the new
and improved governor of California. Issa's ambitions to govern the
state in which he was, years earlier, indicted along with his brother
for auto theft, never came to fruition because the Republican party
pulled the rug out from under Issa and his dreams of power.
He sobbed openly when withdrawing his name as the chosen one. His
party had betrayed him, so now Issa will try again to make a name for
himself with his party. He had stated that he planned to hold at least
seven hearings a week as head of the House Committee on Oversight and
Reform aimed at the bringing down the Obama administration and while
falling short of that promise, fancies himself as someone empowered by
his position, to stop ongoing court litigation.
Just Who Is Darrell Issa And What Is His Past?
First, Issa's history with auto theft charges:
In 1971, Issa reportedly took a Dodge sedan from an Army post where
he was stationed near Pittsburgh. There were no charges filed in that
case, but the story was leaked to the press by a retired Army sergeant,
who says he threatened Issa and then was able to retrieve the car.
As a college student in 1972, Issa and his brother were arrested by
law enforcement in Cleveland, suspected of stealing a red Maserati from
an auto dealership. The witnesses recognized Darrell and his brother,
William, as they pushed the Maserati down the street.
The third incident took place in San Jose, California. In 1980, Issa,
then 27 years old, and his brother William, 29, were again arrested and
this time indicted on felony auto theft charges. William Issa, using
his brother's second driver's license, sold younger Darrell's cherry red
Mercedes to a dealer for $16,000.00. Three hours after William received
and cashed the check, Darrell reported the car stolen. The police also charged Darrell
because his answers to questions were inconsistent. Why did he have two
driver's licenses? Initially, Issa denied having two driver's licenses,
but then changed his story. Simple, responded Issa. He did not like the
way his picture came out in the first one. As to whether Darrell knew
the identity of the man pictured in the composite drawing of the suspect
(his brother), Issa stated he did not know who the man was, but would
like to send the picture to his mother to see if she knew who it was.
According to detectives, the composite was so detailed that it was
clearly a composite of William. That answer and answers to other
questions created so much doubt in the minds of the police officers
involved, they arrested and charged both brothers, even though Darrell
reportedly offered to pay the auto dealer more than the $16,000.00 that
William was paid in order to end the ordeal.
In 1982, Issa was suspected, but never charged in a suspicious arson
fire that burned his Ohio manufacturing plant. Although there was
insufficient evidence to prosecute Issa, the police suspected he was
behind the fire based on two facts. Just a few weeks prior to the fire,
Issa increased the fire insurance coverage to quadruple the original
amount and according to the company bookkeeper, Karen Brasdovich, a few
days before the fire, records and a company computer were removed from
the plant, which was completely out of character for Issa. Charges were
not filed due to lack of evidence, but the suspicions remain.
Issa was also arrested twice for weapons charges, once in Ohio and
once in Michigan. While Issa was in Ohio, he was given the job of firing
a high level executive, Jack Frantz. Frantz recalls that Issa came into
his office carrying a box. Issa opened the box and showed Frantz a gun.
Frantz knew he was being fired and felt that was Issa's method of
intimidating him. Frantz relayed the story to the Los Angeles Times and
in response, Issa told the reporter, "No shots were ever fired." He
further stated that he doesn't even remember whether he had a gun that
day. The bookkeeper backed up Frantz's story, telling the LA Times that
day was frightening.
Darrell Issa made his millions by developing and selling car alarms,
including the top-selling Viper. Issa's own voice was used for the
Viper, which would say things like, "Step away from the car." He has
stated that he started the company because his BROTHER was a prolific
The company, Directed Electronics, is responsible for Issa's listed
worth of $303 million dollars (reported by CNBC in November of 2010). He
was listed in 2009 as the second wealthiest member of Congress, with
only John Kerry being worth more money. In November of 2010, CNBC
reported that Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress, surpassing
Whenever Congressman Issa is pressed by reporters to explain past
arrests and scandals, he has almost always bristled and brushed off the
questions. He has repeatedly stated that he was "just a kid" or that it
"was my brother."
He additionally states that these things happened so long ago that he really doesn't remember the details.
But in 1980, when Issa was indicted for felony auto theft, he was 27
years old. In 1982, when he was under suspicion for the arson fire, he
was 29 years old. Just a kid? Too long ago to remember?
Issa's motivations for becoming a part of ongoing litigation are
unknown, but they are in line with GOP efforts to bust unions and
When he attacked Gray Davis, Issa wanted the Governorship of
California to be his prize. Many stated at the time that Issa had a
longer history of arrests than of service to the state of California.
Outside the state of California, Issa has been a relative nobody
until his Chairmanship. Now, even the Koch Brothers donate to Darrell
Issa. Clearly, his efforts are an attempt to make a national name for
himself in his Congressional position of power. If he successfully shuts
down the NLRB lawsuit, Issa may be rewarded by his party, but he will
never be President, or even Vice-President, which may be his ultimate
goal. What reward does Issa expect? And if his efforts go unrewarded,
will there be a national update to his infamous California crying scene?
Issa needs to back off and let this issue go through the courts,
without his interference. He has over-reached again! Is this what
recidivism is? One would think that by this time, Darrell Issa would be
tired of courts...
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