The Republican-led House is in such disarray after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) just up and quit in the race for House Speaker, that names are being tossed around as possibilities – most of which don’t want the job.
Even Trey Benghazi Gowdy said ‘no’ when he was asked if he would consider the job.
But, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee and (alleged) former car thief and arsonist, is considering a bid for Speaker, according to The Hill.
“There is no definitive decision that’s been made, but it’s certainly being talked about. All options are on the table,” a source close to Issa said.
“Kevin McCarthy demonstrated the character of a true leader by taking a step back and putting the interests of our Conference ahead of his own. He remains our Leader and maintains the respect and confidence of his colleagues,” Issa said in a statement Thursday.
“Now, it’s incumbent upon us to have a robust conversation about the direction and future of our party. I pledge to play a constructive role in that discussion and hope my colleagues will do the same as we work to choose a Speaker who best represents the values and aspirations of the American people,” he added.
Issa would join Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) as the remaining declared candidates for the position, although Chaffetz said earlier, “I’m not sure if I’m the right person.”
The Hill reports that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is also heavily rumored to be considering a bid, although he, too, said earlier he would not run.
As for Issa, his past is littered with transgressions, or rather ‘alleged’ crimes. He was actually arrested along with his older brother for stealing a red Maserati from a Cleveland showroom. The judge dismissed the case.
And then there was an incident of arson and later a gun charge in which he pleaded guilty.
More recently, this past June, Issa tried to sneak into former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal’s deposition before the House Select Committee on Benghazi and he was escorted out.
Please proceed, GOP.