How embarrassing. The Representative in charge of potential ethics investigations is now handling an ethics issue of his own.
Via the Caucus:
Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, has dismissed his chief spokesman, Kurt Bardella, after concluding that Mr. Bardella had secretly and regularly shared his e-mail conversations with a New York Times reporter who is writing a book about Washington’s political culture.
Mr. Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a leading voice of the Republican opposition to President Obama. In a statement, he said Mr. Bardella had acted improperly.
“It has become clear that the committee’s deputy communications director, Kurt Bardella, did share reporter e-mail correspondence with New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich for a book project,” Mr. Issa wrote in a statement issued Tuesday. “Though limited, these actions were highly inappropriate, a basic breach of trust with the reporters it was his job to assist, and inconsistent with established communications office policies. As a consequence, his employment has been terminated.”
Rep. Issa claims that there is “‘no evidence’ that internal committee documents or Congressional documents were inappropriately shared or that any ‘official rule violations’ occurred.” But something tells me Issa isn’t planning on opening a full investigation into that to be certain.