Monday, January 19, 2015

Chaffetz Versus Issa... Is It War?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who now is chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recently decided to remove the large portraits of former committee chairmen that hung above the dark wood dais and replace them with more awe-inspiring images of Americana.

(Salt Lake Tribune) But the quiet move has sparked the ire of ex-staffers to Rep. Darrell Issa, the former Oversight chairman whose official portrait is now relegated to the anteroom of the majority party's adjacent office.

It's not surprising that former Issa staffers are angry. When Chaffetz took over Oversight, he jettisoned 60 percent of the current staff and is bringing in his own. That's a typical move by a new committee chairman, but Chaffetz has made clear that he won't be running the committee like his predecessor.

"Apparently, Chaffetz believes there should be no reminders of previous Oversight chairman like Issa around," one former Issa staffer told me last week, arguing that Chaffetz ran to lead the committee by criticizing Issa's tenure. "It makes you wonder how many people in his district and in the country agree."

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Posted By: Chris Carmouche