Well, did anyone really think Team Obama would go down in flames without engaging in the dreaded Politics of Personal Destruction? Unable to coherently defend Obama from his myriad scandals, former Obama campaign chief and White House adviser has sunk into the mud by slandering House Ways and Means Chairman Darrell Issa on Twitter.
He would not say any such nonsense without the approval of Obama, so consider it a declaration of war against Issa. Although, granted, such accusations have long been lodged against Issa. Remember this when the left dismisses any allegations as old news.
Issa, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, is the former owner of a car alarm company – it’s his voice that warns would-be burglars “Protected by Viper. Stand back,” which you can hear HERE.
Issa once noted to a Washington Post interviewer that “For years, I used to tell everyone that I went into it because my brother was a car thief. Then they found out when I ran for office my brother did spend time in prison as a car thief, and it ruined the whole joke.”
In 1972, then-19-year-old Issa too was arrested under suspicion of stealing a car, but Issa claims it was a case of mistaken identity and the charges were ultimately dropped.
In 1982, the office and factory of two companies Issa had purchased, Quantum Enterprises and Steal Stopper International, caught on fire. The insurance company’s investigation found “suspicious burn patterns” and company officials noted that in the month before the fire Issa had increased his insurance from $100,000 to $462,000. As the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza noted, the “Ohio state fire marshal never determined the cause of the fire and no one was ever charged with a crime”; Issa and the insurance company settled out of court.
Asked why he brought up Issa’s criminal record from 1972 (when the charges were dismissed) and an arson investigation from 21 years ago where no one was charged with a crime, Plouffe told CNN that Issa’s “ethics issues are far more recent. Look at ethics complaints filed.”
There have been at least three ethics complaints filed against Issa, all from left-leaning groups. Complains filed in and of themselves don’t necessarily mean anything, of course. House Ethics Committee or Office of Congressional Ethics judgments are much more important, and as of now there have been none against Issa.
So news from 1972 is OK to dredge up, but according to Jay Carney, Benghazi happened a long time ago. We like this response to Plouffe:
Here’s what we know: David Plouffe, campaign manager for Obama during the 2008 presidential race and currently a senior advisor in the White House, got $100,000 in speaking fees in December 2010 from MTN Group, a South African telecommunications company, according to The Washington Post. At the time, MTN Group was in a partnership with a telecom company owned by the Iranian government. U.S. officials have since met with MTN representatives to discuss concerns that Iran might be using MTN products or resources to spy on citizens.
Well, that certainly isn’t old news now, is it?