Issa Staffer Fired For Leaking Emails

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.

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trina firey
Trina D. firey5 years ago

Lindsay D.
From the too many comments you posted here today, the smell of egocentrism is overwhelming. You should not have replied to Jay post after he told you not to. Incredibly, you add insult to injury by inserting his name in the middle of a sentence, as though you are trying to catch him off guard and redirect his attention. Then you go on to address others on this subject, the same condescending way! You may not realize whst u are doing.. But, know that it is CrEEpy!!!

Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

Well, Jay P., if you want an Obama appointee incident which is more similar to the one involving Issa, try Timothy Geithner.

Obama's Secretary of the Treasury. Treasury, of course, includes the IRS, and is responsible for ferreting out tax evaders.

Geithner, of course, was an admitted tax evader.

I don't personally blame Obama for choosing to appoint an admitted tax evader to head up the very organization devoted to catching tax evaders.

But if Issa is to be blamed for inadvertently hiring someone who turned out to be unethical then I suppose we need to really criticize the President for deliberately choosing to appoint a known tax cheat to head up the Department of the Treasury.

Sounds fair to me.

Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

Blacktiger, Bradley Manning illegally downloaded and gave away classified documents. This person didn't - according to the story. There is an overwhelming difference between classified and non-classified documents.

Blacktiger P.
Blacktiger P5 years ago

So what's the dif between this and Bradley Manning?? Why can't he just be fired too?

Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

You're right, to a certain extent, Patricia. Care2 is certainly a 'liberal'-leaning site in most ways and it tends to attract more members who share those leanings than the opposite.

Luckily there are enough diverse opinions on the forum to be interesting (being surrounded by nothing but people of similar interests and beliefs gets very boring very quickly, I think).

Unfortunately libertarians like me tend to get criticism from both sides - we're just as likely to infuriate the 'right' as we are the 'left'! But there's never a dull moment....

Patricia S.
Pat S5 years ago

You upset Jay P!

Patricia S.
Pat S5 years ago

Care2 is all about the far-left wing being wonderful and the conservatives being so terrible!!!!

Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

Without question, Jay, I have biases. I am biased against religion, young-earth creationists, and pseudoscience, among other things. I am biased in favor of reading, cats, single-malt Scotch, and rationalism, among other things.

We all have biases, known and unknown.

Mary L.
Mary L5 years ago


Jay P.
Jay P5 years ago

A very important ...... similarity between Libertarianism and Republicanism ...
both groups think they are somehow ... BETTER, MORE EDUCATED, RIGHT AT ALL COSTS, NARCISSISTIC and EGOCENTRIC ...As to your quote:
"Or perhaps, like so many people, you only remember those things that support your overall bias against someone or something" Am I to conclude then ... that you have no bias?
You really are an arrogant piece of work.
Don't address me ever again on Care2. You and your arrogant, 'look down upon others' behavior just makes me puke.