Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) publicly announced a bid to become ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday. To reach the position, Issa would need to climb over a number of eight (!) senior Republican members, including Dan Burton of Indiana, a former chairman of the committee, and John McHugh of New York.
A Burton spokesman said that the Indiana congressman was currently on a plane and wouldn’t comment. Stephanie Nigro, a McHugh spokeswoman, said that her boss is focused on the Armed Services Committee, where he is making a bid to become ranking member.
The current ranking member, California’s Duncan Hunter, and senior member Jim Saxton of New Jersey, are both ahead of McHugh on Armed Services, but both are retiring.