Issa Fires Spokesman Over Email Flap

Kurt Bardella shared journalists' emails with a reporter

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 1, 2011 3:08 PM CST

(Newser) – The congressman in charge of investigating Congress made quick work of an investigation into his own staff. Darrell Issa, the aggressive chair of the House Oversight panel, fired spokesman Kurt Bardella today because he shared journalists' emails with a New York Times reporter, the Hill reports. (Click for an earlier story with background.)

"Though limited, these actions were highly inappropriate, a basic breach of trust with the reporters it was his job to assist, and inconsistent with established communications office policies," Issa said. The congressman is such a high-profile target that his enemies are gloating, notes the Hill: “The fish rots from the head, and clearly Darrell Issa has put together a team that shares his ethically challenged approach to business and politics,” declares IssaFiles.com.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution during his mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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