- Associated Press
Thursday, August 29, 2019

SAN DIEGO — Former California Congressman Darrell Issa has taken a step toward challenging indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter for a Southern California seat.

Issa says on his website that he formed an exploratory committee to replace fellow Republican Hunter, who is scheduled to be tried in January for allegedly siphoning campaign money for personal use. The committee allows Issa to raise money.

Issa would bring strong name recognition, deep pockets and a reputation as President Barack Obama’s chief antagonist in Congress to what has been a safe Republican seat largely in San Diego County.

Issa announced his retirement before the 2018 election. The seat he held in northern San Diego County was won by Democrat Mike Levin.

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