WASHINGTON - APRIL 14: Darrell Issa accepts an award during the GRAMMYs on the Hill awards at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel on April 14, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Darrell Issa
Issa is poised to become a major player in national politics if he wins re-election and Republicans claim a majority of seats in the House of Representatives.
If those two things happen, the 57-year old Republican from Vista becomes chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Rep. Issa is running against Democrat Howard Katz and two minor-party candidates.
Just before the polls closed, Issa released the following statement:
"“Tonight was a referendum on the Obama agenda and the American people rejected it. The American people have sent a clear and direct message to Washington that they want less spending, limited government and more accountability. The mandate is clear: Advance an agenda that will create real jobs, not government jobs, but real jobs to get our economy moving again. Reduce the footprint of government in our lives, get government to live within its means and make government more transparent and accountable.”
The wealthiest person in Congress, Issa made his fortune in car alarms creating the Viper system.
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