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Darrell Issa fires spokesman Kurt Bardella

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      Jonathan Strong

      Jonathan Strong, 27, is a reporter for the Daily Caller covering Congress. Previously, he was a reporter for Inside EPA where he wrote about environmental regulation in great detail, and before that a staffer for Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA). Strong graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in political science in 2006. He is a huge fan of and season ticket holder to the Washington Capitals hockey team. Strong and his wife reside in Arlington.

Top GOP oversight official Rep. Darrell Issa fired his spokesman, Kurt Bardella, Tuesday for sharing his email correspondence with reporters with Mark Leibovich, a New York Times journalist working on a book about the political culture in Washington.

Issa said in a written statement the shared emails were “limited” but “highly inappropriate, a basic breach of trust with the reporters it was his job to assist, and inconsistent with established communications office policies. As a consequence, his employment has been terminated.”

When the issue came to Issa’s attention, Bardella told his boss “he saw this as an opportunity to contribute a narrative about what a press secretary does on Capitol Hill and was not about offering salacious details designed to settle scores or embarrass anyone. My review of materials thus far supports that characterization,” Issa said.

Bardella, 27, has been instrumental in Issa’s rise to prominence in recent years but encountered controversy following comments he made that were published in a New Yorker article by Ryan Lizza in January.

Issa said his review of Bardella’s actions thus far shows the shared emails did not reveal any confidential committee information or correspondence between Republican aides.

“There is no evidence to support speculation that internal committee or congressional documents or conversations were inappropriately shared, that Mark Leibovich ever inappropriately heard or recorded any phone conversation, or that any official rule violations occurred,” Issa said.

  • SuperTalk

    Issa is on a mission to kick corruption in the ass and I love it.
    Bardella should have known not to cross this guys. He’s a stone cold business man. Again, I love it.

    Get them Issa, lock on, and do not let go of the dirty bastards in either party.

  • inspectorudy

    Bardella should become a Demorat! He has shown the qualities that make a successful leader in the Demorat party. Issa should get his team together and let them know that NO further disloyalty will be tolerated by anyone and that criminal prosecution will be the next step.

  • voted against carter

    First rule of Fight Club,…

    You,… DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB.

    PERIOD.

  • nevadastu

    He shares this information with a NYT reporter no less. What Julian Assange wasn’t available? I think Issa should have his spokesperson arrested and charged with espionage.

  • BritCat

    Very simple. You should not hire or retain people you cannot trust. The details and excuses don’t matter, what matters is your trust in their ethics, confidentiality and judgement.

  • Willys

    Hopefully Bardella has learned his lesson and at his young age should be able to survive, somewhere a lack of trust would be valued.

  • behonest

    Now if all would read this article http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/28/financial-terrorism-suspected-in-08-economic-crash/comments/#disqus_thread

    hopefully they would look back to 2007 how many trip taken by Geithner and Pelosi traveling back and forth to china.

  • dirtytricksjusttowin

    Good catch by Rep Issa.

    Conservatives should beware of traitors in their ranks or spies hired by supporters of Democrats.

    The Democrats are not going to wield power easily. They will use all the trick in the book.

    • voted against carter

      It’s “The Democrats are not going to YIELD power easily” by the way.