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Topic - David C.W. Parker
As congressional Republicans' chief investigator, Rep. Darrell E. Issa is following in the footsteps of his predecessors at the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who often used the post to keep the pressure on presidents of the opposite party.
"This committee — this is their job," said David C.W. Parker, an associate professor of political science at Montana State University. "We have a more politicized atmosphere. [In] Oversight, they will investigate by mandate, but also by a broader partisan environment."
"I'm not saying that Issa is essentially going out there finding something willy-nilly," Mr. Parker said. "It's exploiting a problem, and seeing whether this works. When Waxman becomes chair, you see a lot of investigations under Bush."