Liberals launch anti-Darrell Issa crusade

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February 16, 2011

By JAKE SHERMAN & JOHN BRESNAHAN, Politico

Democrats are understandably obsessed with Darrell Issa — he’s built himself up as a one-man investigative machine aimed straight at the Obama presidency.

But a handful of liberal political operatives in California — including a former Hillary Clinton hand — are taking their anti-Issa passion to a whole new level, launching a nonprofit group, a website and even paid media advertisements aimed at undermining and investigating the rabble-rousing chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

They say they’re leaving no stone unturned in digging into Issa’s personal and business history. This week, the group will reveal more than 100 pages about an investigation into a fire that burned down a building that housed his business in the early 1980s.

The launch of this group — which calls itself The Third Lantern, and is naming the website the Issa Files — is remarkable because it’s wholly focused on the activities of one lawmaker who has no immediate plans to run for higher office. The purpose of this new group is to make public documents more public, make life difficult for Issa and sow seeds of doubt on his investigations.

They plan to run TV advertisements and other paid media in the future, saying they already have a “significant commitment” of cash. A spokesman for Issa, Kurt Bardella, dismissed the effort as a “misguided and distasteful smear campaign against Chairman Issa.”

The group will be run by the principals of SCN Strategies, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that produced ads last cycle for California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). One of those deeply involved is Averell “Ace” Smith — who ran Hillary Clinton’s successful 2008 California and Texas primary operations and is known as one of the more cutthroat political operatives in the business.

Dan Newman of SCN Strategies, one of the three people leading the anti-Issa campaign, declines to disclose how much is being spent on the effort or who is bankrolling it, telling POLITICO it is being paid for by “patriotic Americans who don’t want to see the potential of an ethically challenged congressional investigator run amok with McCarthyesque fishing expeditions.”

The structure of the organization does not require that it disclose its funding.

But the goal is clear: Newman, Smith and the third partner, Sean Clegg, want to raise enough questions about Issa’s background and personal history that anything he turns up in probes of the Obama administration will be immediately discredited.

To read more, visit: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49521.html#ixzz1E7rIQCAM

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Verus Langham says:

    AHA!!! More OBAMADOLLARS spent (or will it be taxpayer’s dollars?) hell-bent upon suppressing the potentially most substantial truth-finding attempt to air the facts in the matter American patriots are concerned with. This is significant to what I have long suspected, that it will take a McCarthy-type body to rout out the truth and just look how they describe themselves: “patriotic Americans who don’t want to see the potential of an ethically challenged congressional investigator run amok with McCarthyesque fishing expeditions.” Ironically and diabolically they use “patriotic Americans” in their claim, but it is in fact we – the true patriots – who will benefit from this investigator’s findings for it is all too clear there is indeed a champion with clout who will fight for the truth’s arrival at this critical juncture in time. These people are out to discredit the man – they want to vet him now – why? Because they (a handful of liberal political operatives in California) are entirely scared of what he most certainly will find and that will thwart all who keep standing by the premise they hold that Barrack is the man no matter what the truth is. I earnestly believe that this type of threat of just such a witch-hunt that haunts the many honest politicians who would have taken to task this vetting of the truth – for in truth no man wants government cloaked in sheep’s clothing meddling into their private affairs. Well this group, cleverly (or so they think themselves to be) presents itself as “political operatives” seeking (in the guise of “patriotic Americans”) to debunk a man who is, according to them running “amok with McCarthyesque fishing expeditions.” It is pretty much a given that Senator McCarthy’s methodology worked to rout the Communist’s efforts in this country, albeit he used faulty numbers to gain the ear of the American public. Joe McCarthy was, if nothing else, a true patriot and if this man’s demeanor raises hackles on the Administration’s necks and prompts them to devise this antithesis as their ploy then the game is on and I pray the victor is the baring of the truth. I also encourage this investigator to remain stolid in his quest and see it to its completion and that he is not harmed by these fanatical school-boyish liberals bent on protecting the most high liberal (Obama) from the truth.

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