Former congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has created an exploratory committee as he eyes a return to Congress in the district of Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), who has been accused by prosecutors of using campaign funds to help facilitate extramarital affairs.
Issa, who represented a neighboring San Diego-area congressional district for 18 years before retiring in January, said on a fledgling campaign website that he has been widely encouraged to run.
“I have formally launched an exploratory committee for the 50th Congressional District in California,” Issa wrote. “I have received such a tremendous outpouring of encouragement from supporters inside the district, and around the state and across the Nation. I’m truly grateful for the many encouraging phone calls, messages and letters that I have received.”