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Darrell Issa To Lead Obama Investigations: Suspected Arson, Car Theft, Weapons Charges! Wait! That Is Issa's Past!

Darrell Issa, Multi-Millionaire Congressman Is Not Mr. Clean!

Darrell Issa, Republican Congressman from California, who has a checkered past, with multiple arrests for auto theft and weapons charges, was also suspected of arson for a fire that destroyed one of the buildings he owned. Now, the man who sobbed for television cameras when his party backed Arnold for governor of California instead of him, is planning to spend the next two years of his Congressional life investigating the Obama administration, but this time he will be using taxpayer money to pursue Obama.

When Issa became the Republican hatchet man who was almost solely responsible for the recall of California's Governor Gray Davis in 2003, he had to use his own money. At that time, Issa donated almost 2 million dollars to the recall effort because he had plans to be crowned the new and improved governor of California. Issa's ambitions to govern the state in which he was, years earlier, indicted along with his brother for auto theft, never came to fruition because the Republican party pulled the rug out from under Issa and his dreams of power. He sobbed openly when withdrawing his name as the chosen one. His party had betrayed him, so now when the new Congress convenes in January, Issa will try again to make a name for himself with his party. He has stated that he plans to hold at least seven hearings a week as head of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Just who is Darrell Issa and what is his past? First, Issa's history with auto theft charges: In 1971, Issa reportedly took a Dodge sedan from an Army post where he was stationed near Pittsburgh. There were no charges filed in that case, but the story was leaked to the press by a retired Army sergeant, who says he threatened Issa and then was able to retrieve the car. As a college student in 1972, Issa and his brother were arrested by law enforcement in Cleveland, suspected of stealing a red Maserati from an auto dealership. The witnesses recognized Darrell and his brother, William as they pushed the Maserati down the street. The third incident took place in San Jose, California. In 1980, Issa, then 27 years old, and his brother William, 29, were again arrested and this time indicted on felony auto theft charges. William Issa, using his brother's second driver's license, sold younger Darrell's cherry red Mercedes to a dealer for $16,000.00. Three hours after William received and cashed the check, Darrell reported the car stolen. The police also charged Darrell because his answers to questions were inconsistent. Why did he have two driver's licenses? Initially, Issa denied having two driver's licenses, but then changed his story. Simple, responded Issa. He did not like the way his picture came out in the first one. As to whether Darrell knew the identity of the man pictured in the composite drawing of the suspect (his brother), Issa stated he did not know who the man was, but would like to send the picture to his mother to see if she knew who it was. According to detectives, the composite was so detailed that it was clearly a composite of William. That answer and answers to other questions created so much doubt in the minds of the police officers involved, they arrested and charged both brothers, even though Darrell reportedly offered to pay the auto dealer more than the $16,000.00 that William was paid.

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Issa Sobbing Is 7:40 Into The Video!

Suspicious Fire and the Weapons Charges!

In 1982, Issa was suspected, but never charged in a suspicious arson fire that burned his Ohio manufacturing plant. Although there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Issa, the police suspected he was behind the fire based on two facts. Just a few weeks prior to the fire, Issa increased the fire insurance coverage to quadruple the original amount and according to the company bookkeeper, Karen Brasdovich, a few days before the fire, records and a company computer were removed from the plant, which was completely out of character for Issa. Charges were not filed due to lack of evidence, but the suspicions remain.

Issa was arrested twice for weapons charges, once in Ohio and once in Michigan. While Issa was in Ohio, he was given the job of firing a high level executive, Jack Frantz. Frantz recalls that Issa came into his office carrying a box. Issa opened the box and showed Frantz the gun. Frantz knew he was being fired and felt that was Issa's method of intimidating him. Frantz relayed the story to the Los Angeles Times and in response, Issa told the reporter, "No shots were ever fired." He further stated that he doesn't even remember whether he had a gun that day. The bookkeeper backed up Frantz's story, telling the LA Times that day was frightening. In the Michigan case, Issa received probation and paid a fine.

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Issa Becomes A Multi-Millionaire Selling Car Alarms! Isn't It Ironic?

Darrell Issa made his millions by developing and selling car alarms, including the top-selling Viper. Issa's own voice was used for the Viper, which would say things like, "Step away from the car." He has stated that he started the company because his brother was a prolific car thief.

The company, Directed Electronics, is responsible for Issa's listed worth of $303 million dollars (reported by CNBC in November of 2010). He was listed in 2009 as the second wealthiest member of Congress, with only John Kerry being worth more money. In November of 2010, CNBC reported that Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress, surpassing John Kerry.

Issa Just A Kid When He Was In Trouble!

Whenever Congressman Issa is pressed by reporters to explain past arrests and scandals, he has almost always bristled and brushed off the questions. He has repeatedly stated that he was "just a kid" or that it "was my brother." He additionally states that these things happened so long ago that he really doesn't remember the details.

In 1980, when Issa was indicted for felony auto theft, he was 27 years old. In 1982, when he was under suspicion for the arson fire, he was 29 years old. Just a kid? Too long ago to remember?

Issa's motivations for making his most recent threats of non-stop subpoenas are unknown. When he attacked Gray Davis, he wanted the Governorship of California to be his prize. Many stated at the time that Issa had a longer history of arrests than of service to the state of California. Outside the state of California, Issa is a relative nobody. Clearly, he will be making a national name for himself in his soon to be position of power. If he conducts seven hearings a week as promised, his name should make almost every daily news cycle. What reward will Issa expect this time? If his efforts go unrewarded over the next two years, will there be a national update to his infamous California crying scene? California is holding its collective breath, waiting to see the latest chapter of the Issa saga!

More From Issa's History


Terry C - NJ on March 03, 2012:

And Issa believes HE and his ilk have the moral authority to decide women's reproductive decisions.

Gaetano: Dream on.

Your dreams are all you have!

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on March 31, 2011:


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Thank you for reading the article. Your comment has been noted.

Issa believes the same thing.

gaetano on March 31, 2011:

Say what you will about Issa, but he is THERE, and he will bring down OBAMA, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on February 15, 2011:

Dear Fed Up,

I do believe in redemption, but in this case, I do not think that Darrell Issa has changed much. This article is actually part of a three article series, with this being the first. It concentrates on his early years. Why not read about some of his more current activities? and pay particular attention to his more recent dealings with Goldman Sachs and how he has used his position to start an investigation against the government's 'timing' in when it came out with negative findings about the company. Then, pay attention to his recent land purchase and compare it to Duke Cunningham's similar land deals that ended with him being sent to federal prison.

I do not think, for a minute, that it is only Darrell Issa that could be considered a congressman and also a criminal. Conservative or liberal labels do not matter. There are elected officials on both sides that have succumbed to using their influence for personal gain and they all make me sick. If they do not go to Congress rich, they certainly end up that way prior to leaving. How does that happen? Chance? Good luck? No way! Instead of serving the public, they serve themselves.

It is wrong, plain and simple. Darrell Issa is just one of many, on both sides. If you feel that is pathetic, shallow and hypocritical for me to say, then so be it.

Fed Up with Liberal hypocrisy... on February 15, 2011:

Anybody who supports this sort of attack on him from the left is a hypocrite. I thought liberals supported redemption...Ted Kennedy killed a woman and walked away from the accident scene...a felony was he ever charged...

In order to catch criminals you have to think like one...and there is a thin line for law enforcement folks who tread daily with the trash on the street that progressive feign over, who commit far worse crimes than those Issa has been involved in 30 years ago...he was stupid kid...who made something himself intstead of ending up in Prison...He is rich and most progressives just cannot stand it...

Progressives or at least most are pathetic and shallow...there is clear evidence here of that...

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on February 01, 2011:


Issa's brother has served quite a bit of jail time for auto theft. Issa has not served time in jail, he was however on probation.

MCGIRV on February 01, 2011:

How much jail time did Issa and his brother serve for their crimes?

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on January 08, 2011:

I am glad that you took the time to read the article and found it so thought provoking. If you have questions for Bill Maher, you should probably ask him.

Thank you again.

tony0724 from san diego calif on January 08, 2011:

How come Bill Mahre who is hardly a Republican never confronted him with this ? Issa has been on his show repeatedly and even though I don't agree with Mahre most of the time , he does his homework.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on January 08, 2011:

Dear Tony,

Liberal, as well as conservative websites, newspapers, magazines, any publications, as well as any people for that matter, have a certain philosophy that they portray.

However, arrest records, records of conviction, military records, Border Patrol reports and police reports, in addition to the county recorder's office files are not editorial material. They are fact.

How publications or cable news stations opine about those facts can be debated and questioned, the facts themselves, cannot.

If you question the facts and the record, do the research.

You are free to present your opinion and have your opinion heard, just as you are free to vote however you wish.

tony0724 from san diego calif on January 08, 2011:

All liberal websites that will slant their story at any time possible. You forgot to mention MSNBC the H1N1 of cable news services.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on January 08, 2011:

Dear Tony,

Pure drivel?

Except for the fact that this "drivel" is true! Check the LA Times, The SF Examiner, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Diego News Network, The Dan Diego City Beat, the Daily Kos,etc.

I could go on, but the above publications have all documented Issa's arrest record for auto theft, suspicion of arson, weapons charges, unsuccessful run for governor and US Senate, his encounter with the Border Patrol and current Duke Cunningham-like land deals.

People ask how this man has been elected. I have not known how to explain it, but I now can. Your profile picture states that you are from San Diego and yet, when the truth has been presented to you, you call it "drivel". That is precisely how this man gets elected!

tony0724 from san diego calif on January 08, 2011:

Pure drivel.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on January 06, 2011:

Dear FreddyBear! Thank you for reading and I agree completely! Common sense conservative? Progressive leanings? How about 'Congressman with a long arrest record?' Maybe Maher loves him because his arrest record is so colorful!

Dear Emilio! I am so glad that you plan to inform your friends and colleagues about Issa's past! I am getting ready to publish another article concerning his recent land purchases. Hope you will enjoy that, too! Maybe then people will realize his questionable behavior still continues! Thanks, Emilio!

Emilio on January 06, 2011:

Thanks to this article, a good number of Americans will have their eyes forced open as Issa tries to take lumps out of the Obama Administration, and they'll Understand why. This putz is power hungry and he'll attempt a reprise of the stunt he pulled against Davis. We just have to inform our friend and colleagues about this criminal who has been given the power to investigate those he dislikes.

freddybear on January 06, 2011:

I can't stand this guy. Bill Maher drags him on the show every now and then, and this jerk tried to pass himself off as a common-sense conservative with progressive leanings. Maher loves him. I think he's a jerk.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on January 06, 2011:

I apologize for any misrepresentation of the political orientation in San Diego and parts of Riverside County. I am a registered Dem and consider myself to be a progressive, but I am far outnumbered, as you well know. I am glad to know that you are in SD County also! Need to see more of us at the polls!

AndreM5 on January 06, 2011:

I think you did a disservice to the good people of San Diego and Riverside Counties. It is a Repug myth that there are no progressive voters here or that Demos never win elections. There have been several long-standing Demo members of the House from SD Co. However, the ultra-right loonies far out number the sensible ones. SD Co. voted for Obama, even tho he ran against a former Naval aviator. It is not impossible for a Demo to win here but it ain't easy.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on January 04, 2011:

Wow!Thank you for your comment, Nadine! That gives us some insight. I have always said that I don't think people change so much from the time they are kids. Maybe since Darrell is going to be in the news so much over the next 2 years, at the least, you should write a book about the brothers and their early years!

Nadine Mendelsohn on January 03, 2011:

Went to junior high school and high school with the Issa brothers.

They were little shits,always getting in trouble. Both brothers need to be investigated, Issa's position to investigate Obama is a joke. Issa is the pot calling the kettle black.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on January 03, 2011:

Thank you. I was unaware of that until just a few days ago. Would love to question him about that elite army unit! I was also informed that he has forgotten how many years he served in the military, exaggerating his service by several years.

The man needs to investigate himself first!

Dan on January 03, 2011:

Don't forget Issa once (falsely) claimed to be part of an elite army unit guarding former President Richard M. Nixon at the 1971 World Series. The only problem with that story is that Nixon never attended the 71 series.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on November 16, 2010:

Hi, Deni! Hypocrisy, I agree, but "it was his brother's fault", much like "the dog ate my homework" defense...

Jenifer L from california on November 16, 2010:

Great research on this! I had heard something about his auto-thieving days but didn't know this much! This is hypocrisy at it's best!

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on November 15, 2010:

He is in a very conservative district. It is south of Los Angeles, closer to the border, where there seem to be few Democrats(we hide). Although I am not in his district, I am very close. Anything roughly 35 miles south of Los Angeles is where the state has a political line drawn through it. This southern section of the state has very rarely voted Democrat in any election. Among the towns and cities Issa's district covers, he represents Fallbrook, California, the home of Tom Metzger, past Grand Knight of the KKK. Not suggesting that the people in Issa's district share the same views as Metzger, just think it is an interesting fact. Thank you for reading my Hub!

Howard Schneider from Parsippany, New Jersey on November 15, 2010:

Great information Jillian. I never knew about those charges. I was very amused when Schwarzenegger stole the governorship from him after his bogus recall effort. Issa is a hatchet man and is going to have hundreds of investigations just for the sake of annoying the Obama administration. This is a total waste of time and money when we have such huge problems especially economically and fiscally. He must be in an ultra Republican district to be elected and re-elected because he basically serves no purpose except to be a pest.

Donna Lichtenfels (author) from California, USA on November 14, 2010:

At least the thug from NY didn't get elected. I think Issa wants a spot on the Republican ticket in 2012 as a reward for being the GOP pit bull. He is probably looking for the VP spot.

Lady Liberty from These United States, Texas on November 14, 2010:

Excellent, but not suprising that thugs like that are out to take down Obama. Look they were voting for another thug in NY recently and he was swinging a bat.

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