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Issa Not Running for GOP Leadership

Despite rumors to the contrary, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will not seek a leadership position in the next Congress, but rather will run for the ranking membership on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, his spokesman Frederick Hill said on Wednesday. “As a subcommittee chairman, a subcommittee ranking member, and the 2008 [National Republican Congressional Committee] Dinner chair, I have made no secret of my desire to help Republicans win back the majority and to serve as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee,” Issa said in a statement. “Large majorities in Congress and the White House will soon propose more regulation, more government programs, more spending and more taxes for America. Oversight and Government Reform Republicans will have to hold the line and remind this Congress that over 56 million Americans rejected [President-elect] Barack Obama’s agenda of big government, trillions in new spending and higher taxes.”

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