Some of these discussions happened as recently as Wednesday, the day Issa announced he would not be running for reelection in his coastal Southern California district after 17 years in the House.
Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaTrump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Giffords gun group targets Issa over concealed carry bill The Hill Interview: Missouri Republican has gavel on his radar MORE, who said Wednesday he is not seeking reelection in California's 49th District, has been discussing with colleagues the possibility of running in a neighboring San Diego district if embattled Rep.
The Hill first reported on the internal discussions, quoting multiple sources.
Given the recent wave of House Republicans opting to not seek re-election in 2018, Issa's retirement calls into question the likelihood of success for Republicans in the midterm elections and what it means for both parties.
Issa said in a written statement that "with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in California's 49th District".
"I'm old enough to know it's time to go and I still have energy left to do something productive", he said.
"While my service to California's 49th District will be coming to an end, I will continue advocating on behalf of the causes that are most important to me", he said.
Issa used to represent parts of Hunter's neighboring 50 District. But Hunter, who is under investigation for possible campaign finance violations, is in a heavily Republican region, consisting of Lakeside, Ramona and Escondido.
"If I was to blow up in the air, then he would be running for it", Hunter told The Hill.
"I am 100% running for reelection and with continued support from those in my district and the full endorsement of the Republican Party of San Diego County", Hunter (R-Alpine) said in a statement. "I have run every race with full effort because my constituents deserve no less and this time is no different", Hunter said.
But in his statement, Issa never specifically said he was retiring from Congress.
To that end, Flip the 49th today scheduled a noon rally outside Issa's district office at 1800 Thibodo Road, Vista, and another rally/campaign meeting at 5:30 p.m.at 5145 Avenida Encinas, Suite I, Carlsbad. For the past several years, these two have been the most active House members in the patent law area.
"It's unorthodox certainly", the source said.
Issa's longtime political consultant, Dave Gilliard, disputed The Hill's story saying, "I don't believe he's making those calls, no".