Kristin Gaspar Is the Latest Republican to Seek Issa's Seat

Voice of San Diego / Jesse Marx

County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar has joined the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 49th Congressional District, and the decision is likely to split GOP loyalties in San Diego and Orange counties.

Gaspar was elected to the County Board of Supervisors just over a year ago, and was named chair of the board only two weeks ago. But she has established a fundraising committee with the Federal Election Commission for her Congressional push, hired GOP strategist Jason Roe and locked up the endorsements of several notable conservatives in recent days.

Two of Roe’s clients, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilman Scott Sherman, have both given Gaspar their support, as well as Rep. Ed Royce of Orange County, who, like Issa, is not seeking re-election in his home district.

Issa’s announcement, on Jan. 10, set off an onslaught of speculation on the right about who was the best candidate to retain the seat. Democrats have invested heavily in the 49th Congressional District as part of a nationwide drive to take control of the House of Representatives.

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Mike Foster