Former Rep. Darrell Issa made it official Thursday: he is running for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Duncan Hunter, who is fighting a criminal indictment.
Issa kicked off his campaign Thursday morning in downtown El Cajon, announcing he has withdrawn his nomination for a senior trade post in the Trump Administration and will seek to represent the 50th District, which includes East County, Inland North County and a small portion of Riverside County.
Issa’s trade nomination stalled in the Senate for over a year, but he has long been rumored a candidate for the 50th. He said he flew back to D.C. with President Donald Trump after the president visited San Diego last week and discussed his desire to turn his attention to the congressional race.
He added that the exploratory committee he established a few weeks ago to test the waters for running received more than 2,400 contributions. Read more…