Staff at Issa's D.C. office told Voice of OC Wednesday morning they don't know if he's going to run for another office or not.
Early in the 2018 election cycle, Democrats identified the Orange County-area Republican seats as top targets. That means two of the four competitive Orange County House races are guaranteed new faces next year. In fact, Indivisible has an organization committed exclusively to Royce's 39th Congressional District.
In total, 29 House Republicans have announced they will retire at the end of this term, significantly more than is typical, according to Daily Kos Elections, and the Democratic party needs to pick up 24 seats to take back the House.
Issa (CA-49) announced Wednesday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2018, instead deciding to retire.
Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic operative who served as a senior aide to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2010, said all signs point to 2018 reesembling that year's wave - but in reverse.
Democrats and liberal outside groups have been targeting Issa, Royce and five other California Republicans representing congressional districts that Clinton won.
The announcement comes on the same day that Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, endorsed a former staffer to succeed him. But he worked with Democrats on criminal justice and surveillance issues, and served as a relatively moderate Republican by current standards, in a moderate Republican district.
Democratic strategists and campaign backers said Royce's decision reflects voter angst directed at Republicans.
Now the question is which Republicans will step forward to fill Royce's seat - and can they escape being tarnished by President Trump's lack of popularity in a district Hillary Clinton carried last November?
San Clemente is part of Issa's district that, since 2012, stretches from San Juan Capistrano down the coast to Solana Beach.
"With a lot of Republican talent in North County and South Orange County, I have no doubt several well qualified candidates will emerge", the chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, Tony Krvaric, said on Facebook.
Another prominent Republican expected to leave is Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, who would become the 33rd GOP member not seeking re-election if she announces a bid for retiring Sen.
The media and voters alike need to be reminded that while the President does indeed hold the steering wheel on USS America, his rudder is very small and the ship is bloated from bow to stern. Like most of the others, he would have lost his gavel in the next Congress due to party rules that place a three-term limit on a chairman's service.
Issa was one of a handful of Republicans who rejected the GOP tax plan, which is likely to hit residents of high-tax states like California harder.
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