Donald Trump Might Bring Down the Richest Man in Congress

Donald Trump Might Bring Down the Richest Man in Congress

"The Democrats had never run anybody who spent a lot of time in the Marine Corps," he says. "I also knew there were a lot of people—Republican veterans—who considered Darrell Issa a no-show, a Casper the Ghost."

Veterans at the rally echoed this sentiment, remarking that Applegate "knows what it's like," while Issa, as one former Marine put it, has been "slow on his feet" to address veterans' issues. Another called Issa, who is an Army vet, "absent" and said he only has time for photo ops. (The Issa campaign did not respond to multiple requests for an interview.)

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​ICYMI [VIDEO]: Obama Endorses Colonel Applegate

Watch what Barack Obama had to say about retired Marine Colonel Doug Applegate and his record of service in the video below:

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California’s Darrell Issa, in a once-safe Republican seat, finds himself on the ropes

California’s Darrell Issa, in a once-safe Republican seat, finds himself on the ropes

In ads and on the stump, Applegate asks voters to consider Issa a fumbling congressman and an apologist for the top of his party's ticket. He was, Applegate says, "Trump before there was Trump." Issa's years as Oversight Committee chairman, which included the first investigation of the 2012 Benghazi attack, are cited as proof that he has ignored the district.

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Could GOP Congressman Darrell Issa lose his seat after 16 years?

Could GOP Congressman Darrell Issa lose his seat after 16 years?

Meanwhile, Issa’s effort to publicize common ground he shares with Obama got messy fast.

Within days of mailing the flier praising the president’s support for the victims rights bill, Obama mocked Issa and called the tactic “shameless.”

“As far as I can tell ... Issa's primary contribution to the United States Congress has been to obstruct and to waste taxpayer dollars on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere,” he said at a La Jolla fundraiser Oct. 23. “And this is now a guy who, because poll numbers are bad, has sent out brochures with my picture on them touting his cooperation on issues with me.”

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Obama lashes out at Issa in San Diego

Obama lashes out at Issa in San Diego

Issa, when he was chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led investigations into the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service, the bungled “Fast and Furious” gun trading-operation and how it handled the attack in Benghazi.

“This is now a guy,” Obama said of Issa, “who because poll numbers are bad has sent out brochures with my picture on them touting his cooperation on issues with me. That is the definition of chutzpah.

“Here’s a guy who called my administration perhaps the most corrupt in history — despite the fact that actually we have not had a major scandal in my administration.”

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Democratic group spending $660K on anti-Issa, pro-Applegate a

Democratic group spending $660K on anti-Issa, pro-Applegate a

Issa’s campaign has accused Applegate of “hypocrisy” for saying he wants to get big money out of politics but then benefits from a commercial by the DCCC.

Issa, a 16 year incumbent and the richest member of Congress, had $3.05 million in his campaign account as of the end of September, more than 18 times as much as Applegate, a first-time candidate.

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Rep. Darrell Issa, a frequent Obama critic, praises the president in new campaign mailer

Rep. Darrell Issa, a frequent Obama critic, praises the president in new campaign mailer

Applegate's campaign manager, Robert Dempsey, said Issa's mailer featuring Obama was evidence of his "desperate" attempt to get reelected.

"He has called for President Obama’s impeachment and has attacked the President at every turn but Congressman Issa has never let the truth get in the way of trying to advance his partisan, political agenda and we don’t expect him to start now,” Dempsey said in an email.

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Darrell Issa, Obama Antagonist And Trump Booster, Faces Toughest Election Of His Life

Darrell Issa, Obama Antagonist And Trump Booster, Faces Toughest Election Of His Life

Issa hasn’t helped himself on that front. He joined Trump’s national security advisory board on the same day the 2005 tape became public. Applegate’s campaign turned the tape into a television ad just a few days later, looping Trump’s comments over the image of a press release announcing Issa’s role. While Issa put out a statement condemning Trump’s comments, he hasn’t rescinded his endorsement of the Republican nominee.

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Trump figures large in California congressional races

Trump figures large in California congressional races

In the 49th District north of San Diego, Republican Darrell Issa cruised to re-election seven times against little-known opponents, including a 21-point victory in 2014. Democrat Doug Applegate, a former Marine colonel seeking elected office for the first time, surprised almost everyone in the June “top-two” primary when he came within 5 percentage points of Issa to advance to November’s runoff.

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BREAKING: New Poll - Applegate gains on Issa. 2-point race within margin of error. CA-49.

At a local house party Friday night, Issa challenger Ret. Colonel Doug Applegate announced that a brand new DCCC poll shows him inching even closer to victory.

Applegate speaking to voters in Oceanside, California. Sept. 30, 2016 (Photo by WildLilac)

There is no link yet, but in an e-mail the campaign wrote:

We think Issa’s nervous too, because today yet another poll was released. We are just two points behind Issa – within the margin of error.

Meanwhile, Issa has taken a cue from his pal Donald Trump, and threatened to sue Applegate over this devastating TV commercial, which is playing in prime time.  Sure uh huh, good luck Darrell.  The truth sucks, and it also happens to be an absolute defense to defamation. 

Doug Applegate needs an army of foot soldiers to help #dumpdarrell.  Are you in?

Let’s Send in a Marine to Take Back the Hill!

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Daily Kos Elections Stream Members Following Profile Wow! Darrell Issa threatens to sue Democratic opponent over ad and has lawyers beg for an apology!

 Daily Kos Elections Stream Members Following Profile Wow! Darrell Issa threatens to sue Democratic opponent over ad and has lawyers beg for an apology!

" . . . Nobody knows the system better than me,” a narrator explains that Issa likewise “gamed the system to line his own pockets steering millions in taxpayer money to help properties he owned," relying on a very negative 2011 New York Times piece about Issa’s self-dealing for factual support.

So how did Issa react? Like the cowardly whiner that he is, he’s threatening to file a lawsuit alleging that Applegate has defamed him! Seriously, no one in politics ever does this. It’s insane. But Issa's serious: He even sent the Applegate campaign a draft of his complaint that he's ready to file in court at a moment’s notice if Applegate doesn’t cower before him.

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600,000 Veterans May Go Without Health Insurance Next Year: Report

It also ended health insurance industry practices that shut many out of care, such as refusing to cover "pre-existing conditions" and capping coverage once people spent a certain amount.

And, it planned to expand Medicaid, the joint state-federal health insurance plan for low-income Americans.

"By mid-2014, 26 states (including Washington, D.C.) had expanded Medicaid, with 32 expanding Medicaid by 2016," the report reads.

But many Republican-controlled states refused to do it, leaving many of their residents in what's now called the "Medicaid gap."

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Nervous' Darrell Issa attacks challenger Doug Applegate

Nervous' Darrell Issa attacks challenger Doug Applegate

In a questionnaire from Progressive Democrats of America, which endorsed Sanders and Applegate, Applegate said he supported all 32 bills and resolutions listed as priorities by the group. But Dempsey said the campaign was unconcerned about Applegate being seen as the extremist in the contest.

“Issa has spent 16 years in Congress trying to establish himself as the lead conservative attack dog going after Democrats,” Dempsey said. “Now they are desperately trying to position him as a moderate. I think voters will see through that.”

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