GOP Rep. Darrell Issa on Monday pushed back at President Barack Obama's sharp jab at the California lawmaker's "shameless" record as head of the House Oversight Committee, saying his criticism was short-sighted and unfair.
In an interview on Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto," Issa, locked in a tight re-election battle, defended his campaign mailer that declared he was pleased Obama had signed the "Survivors' Bill of Rights" for victims of sexual assault – and surprised that Obama had mocked it.
"That is the definition of chutzpah," Obama said of the mailer at a Sunday night fundraiser in California, Politico reported. "That is shameless.”
The president then derided Issa's "primary contribution to the United States Congress" as having "been to obstruct and to waste taxpayer dollars on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere."
"There are lots of issues that aren't partisan," Issa said Monday. "Of course, Oversight is partisan by definition. One party always wants to say they don't see a problem. The other party says they do. But the fact is, my predecessor in Congress held the Bush administration accountable. I held the Bush administration accountable when we were in the majority."
Issa added Obama is "making a big deal over something that I'm a little surprised that he's punching down, but he is."
"He also made a statement that I found actually worthy of 'Saturday Night Live'," Issa added. "He said there'd been no scandals during his administration and [that his administration] was the most transparent administration in history too."
"But that's just not the case. No administration is without scandals and no administration should expect that we won't agree and work together when we can and disagree and hold the administration accountable when they're not right."
"I see he used the word 'chutzpah'," Issa added. "And I found it interesting, because we put out dozens and dozens pieces of literature in this campaign.... And we've gone out of our way to try to put the positive side of what I've been doing.... I appreciate the president signing things when he does. "
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