The REAL Darrell Issa

June 01, 2010 10:36 am ET — Melinda Warner

What do you get when you combine arrests, suspected arson, criminal association, great private wealth, and a drive for political stardom?  You get Darrell Issa, congressman representing the 49th district of California.

Rep. Darrell Issa

While he has been gunning for Democrats for several years from his post on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Issa has lately been clamoring for the media attention that comes with an attempt to bring down a White House.  Issa has been on every news network discussing the "scandal" of a job offer made to Joe Sestak...despite numerous sources who insist there is nothing criminal or suspect about the situation.

Issa's past makes this new pressure for an investigation all the more interesting.  Whether it has been surreptitiously taking a business partner to court to gain control, seeing his company go up in suspicious flames, or defending a colleague convicted of bribery and fraud, Issa certainly has had the personal and professional experience one might need in order to sniff out nefarious activity in others.

Want more on Issa? 

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