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Jason Chaffetz's First Act As Committee Chairman? Removing Darrell Issa's Portrait

When the decision was made to wrest control of the highly public House Oversight Committee away from Darrell Issa, Republicans did so with the intention of removing all traces of his contentious years at the helm.
Jason Chaffetz's First Act As Committee Chairman? Removing Darrell Issa's Portrait

This is amusing stuff.

via The Hill

One of the Utah Republican’s first acts since taking over the Oversight gavel: Removing portraits of Issa and other past chairmen from the walls of the Oversight hearing room, committee sources told The Hill.

A Chaffetz spokeswoman said it’s much ado about nothing. But Issa allies see the move as a slap in the face to the last chairman, who tapped Chaffetz in 2011 as chairman of the Oversight subcommittee on national security. Issa’s likeness, they note, had only been hanging in Rayburn 2154 for two months.

Some former Oversight staffers are steamed, pointing out that Chaffetz’s campaign platform for chairman last year was that he was the most “anti-Issa” candidate.

"Only someone with a massive inferiority complex would go to the extreme and somewhat unprecedented step of having every former chairman's portrait removed — especially when the obvious intent is to avoid having Chairman Issa's portrait hanging over his shoulder for the next few years,” said one former Oversight staffer.

“It's both childish and extremely disrespectful."

But in an email exchange, Chaffetz spokeswoman MJ Henshaw downplayed the removal of the privately funded portraits and denied that the move was targeting Issa, who did not retain a seat on the committee.

“This has nothing to do with Mr. Issa,” she said. “My boss is very grateful for everything Mr. Issa has done for him.”


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