GOP to Darrell Issa: Calm Down
Politico says top Republicans think he's making White House fight personal
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 6, 2013 2:44 PM CDT
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill, June 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – When Darrell Issa called White House press secretary Jay Carney a "paid liar" on Sunday, House Republican leadership was aghast. They immediately called Issa's staffers, sources tell Politico, and their message was simple: Tell your boss to calm down. The staff agreed that the remark was out of line, but Issa himself has refused to publicly backtrack. "The White House has tried to vilify me rather than getting into the facts," he says. When asked about leadership's rumored gripes, he replied, "I didn't hear anything."

House leadership doesn't want Issa to take the screws off President Obama, but they worry that the brash rhetoric from the Oversight Committee chair will give Democrats an opening to dismiss him and hence his investigations. One senior Republican said Issa had erred by shifting focus to Carney. "No one cares about Jay Carney. That's a sideshow." And some Republicans, including John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have been publicly distancing themselves from Issa's comments, USA Today reports. "Let's not make it personal," Graham said.

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Iffida
Jun 8, 2013 8:08 AM CDT
Issa is a corrupt POS, just like GWB and Dickhead Cheney, they all should be serving time in prison.
K.KRANK
Jun 8, 2013 3:59 AM CDT
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bluscot
Jun 7, 2013 10:32 AM CDT
What's the big deal? Hey, the truth hurts. Jay Carney is a paid liar and carries on that fine Democrat tradition in his best imitation of Joseph Goebbels who taught FDR and his minions well. There is not an ounce of integrity in the White House or in the entire Demcractic Party! Regrettably, almost exactly the same thing can be said about the Republican Party. This country is in serious decline; and, it's not going to stop until we have a complete collapse. I just hope that whatever emerges from that disaster is something far better than what the USA has become. As we have dumbed down our country and made its people utterly dependent on the markedly undependable Federal Government, our only hope is for Darwinian Natural Selection to do its job. I fear what may come of it; but, not as much as I fear what we have now.