Issa Swings Back At Obama, Says He’s Not Surprised President Denies Scandals

Juliegrace Brufke | Capitol Hill Reporter

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa swung back at President Barack Obama’s attacks alleging the California Republican was ineffective and wasted taxpayer dollars, saying he’s not surprised the president won’t take responsibility for his administration’s missteps.

“You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks I’ve done too much to has old Washington accountable” the Former House Oversight Committee chairman said in a statement Monday. Issa previously led Congress’ investigation into the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

Obama blasted the congressman at a fundraiser in La Jolla, Calif., Sunday for touting a record of bipartisanship and for accusing the administration of being corrupt, referring to Issa as “shameless.” Issa is in a tight race against Democratic former Marine Col. Doug Applegate.

“Issa’s primary contribution to the United States Congress has been to obstruct and to waste taxpayer dollar on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere,” Obama said, according to CNN. “Beyond these interpersonal conversations, this is not somebody who is serious about working on problems.”

“I’m disappointed but not surprised that the president, in a political speech, continues to deny accountability for the serious scandals that happened under his watch where Americans died overseas and veterans have died here at home,” Issa continued in the statement.

California’s 49th district is listed as a tossup by Real Clear Politics.

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