26th March 04:52
Republican Darrell Issa, California recaller, governor wannabe: Killer of Virtue.
Darrell Issa: Pillar of Virtue
A BUZZFLASH READER COMMENTARY
by Howard Hoffman
When Democrats fib, it's cannon fodder for talk shows and Republicans.
When Republicans fib, it's time for all of us to just move on.
This is the continuing mindset as the LA Times on June 30 takes recall
creator and now gubernatorial candidate Rep. Darrell Issa apart on a
big ol' pile of his claims.
Just a few examples:
Issa, who served two stints in the military, first as an enlisted man
and later as an officer, has said that he was an Army computer
research and development specialist.
In a 1995 interview, he said that as an officer he had spent four
years in the New Mexico desert perfecting electronic warfare
techniques that were later used in the 1991 Gulf War.
His military records, however, list Issa's postings during that period
as Ft. Riley, Kan., and Ft. Ord, Calif.
Those records and Issa's 1980 Army separation form make no mention of
computer training or computer specialty.
During his 1998 campaign for the Senate, at a time when he was trying
to link his candidacy to the legacy of former president Richard Nixon,
Issa's campaign literature said he had been a member of Nixon's
Issa had previously claimed attendance at the 1971 World Series as
part of Nixon's security.
Records show that Nixon did not attend the 1971 World Series, said
Susan Naulty, archivist at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.
In recent comments to The Times, Issa has stood by his claim of having
served on Nixon's security detail, but has sidestepped the World
Series claim, which has not been repeated in the current campaign.
Issa has often recalled his rags-to-riches rise in the business world.
Issa's campaign Web site touts an achievement that seems to symbolize
"In 1994, Inc. Magazine recognized Darrell Issa as Entrepreneur of the
In fact, Issa has never won the prestigious national award.
The founders of Outback Steakhouse took the magazine's top
"Entrepreneur of the Year" honors in 1994.
On Jan. 16, 1973, Issa pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of
possession of an unregistered gun.
A magistrate fined him $100, put him on probation and ordered him to
pay $107 in court costs.
At the time, Issa was a student at Siena Heights University in Adrian,
The arrest was first reported by the Adrian Daily Telegram on July 16.
Asked earlier this month about that arrest, Issa told a Times reporter
that the gun was an "unloaded, never-fired, in-the-box, little ****y
pistol" and said it wasn't his, although he declined to say whose it
Public records obtained by The Times show that when arrested, Issa was
carrying a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol with seven bullets in its
ammunition clip, as well as 44 bullets and a tear-gas gun.
And how does Issa respond to being caught in repeated lies?
"If there was any mistake on any bio, I wish somebody would point it
out to me so we can clarify what is a small, honest error."
"That's from something years before, from a misquote, er, you know,
interpretation, years before I even ran for office."
Okay...we know it's coming...
"There are details and details and details that have been used against
me that are minutiae."
Yeah, yeah...c'mon. It's here somewhere...
"Gray's job is to get you to ask 30-year-old questions. If you want to
be a shill for Gray Davis' opposition questions, go ahead. We've moved
YES!!! THERE IT IS! IT'S GRAY DAVIS' FAULT THAT ISSA WAS CAUGHT LYING!
Silly me. I was afraid Issa was veering off-message.
A BUZZFLASH READER COMMENTARY
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