He spent Wednesday running for cover after outraging Democrats and republicans alike with his crass remarks that the United States had done plenty to help New York recover from a "fire" that was the result of a "plane crash" at the WTC.
"That is a pretty distorted view of things," said Frank Fraone, a Menlo Park, Calif., fire chief who led a 67-man crew at Ground Zero. "Whether they're a couple of planes or a couple of missiles, they still did the same damage."Issa is no stranger to hypocrisy. He is the former teenage punk who clouted cars and got busted; then as an adult got rich selling car alarms to law abiding citizens to protect themselves from people like him.
"I'm really surprised by Darrell Issa," King added. "It showed such a cavalier dismissal of what happened to New York. It's wrong and inexcusable."
Lorie Van Aucken, who lost her husband, Kenneth, in the attacks, slammed Issa's "cruel and heartless" comments.
"It's really discouraging. People stepped up and did the right thing. They sacrificed themselves and now a lot of people are getting really horrible illnesses," she added.
He didn't get away with his shenanigans this time, though. He got called out from every quarter, and made with backpeddling like there was no (political) tomorrow. He issued a statement in which he said "I continue to support federal assistance for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks," and floated the meme that he only "asked tough questions about expenditures."
"He realized he stepped in it," said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan), who was chairing the hearing when Issa opened his mouth and let idiocy tumble forth.Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn-Queens), true to the boroughs he represents, was a little more mocking and derogatory than his refined Manhattanite counterpart with his comments "The sound I'm hearing is him slamming the brakes and going in reverse."