California's Issa governor hopeful: Arson, guns, Scientology


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California's Issa governor hopeful: Arson, guns, Scientology

[NOTE: What's disturbing is that this guy who would be governor sent a representitive to the "grand opening" Scientology's notorious "Narconon" fake front in Warner Springs, California. A man with a history of weapons violations, arsons, and car theft who supports Scientology -- what a surprise.]

26 Jun 2003

From The Mercury News, 6/26/03:

Davis foe tangled with the law

By Jim Puzzanghera and Dion Nissenbaum
Mercury News

Two years after the San Jose charges, Issa came under suspicion again when the Ohio factory housing his fledgling auto-alarm business went up in flames.

Issa had wrested control of the small, struggling electronics company from two brothers in Cleveland.

A few months later, the business was destroyed in a Labor Day weekend fire.

Arson investigators hired by the state concluded that "this was not an accidental fire."

Suspicion focused on Issa, who had recently more than quadrupled the building insurance from about $100,000 to $460,000, was inside the building several times over the weekend and had taken a key computer from the business a few days earlier.

Arson suspicion

The president of the business at the time, Joe Adkins, told investigators that he thought that Issa had set the blaze.

Adkins was one of the people from whom Issa had seized control of the company, and Issa has described him as being disgruntled.

Wednesday, Adkins stood by his statement in a telephone interview.

"Let's put it this way: There was an awful lot of very far-reaching coincidences," he said.

At the time, Adkins said, one of Issa's brothers also aroused suspicion.

As they were cleaning up the building, Adkins said, some employees noticed that the brother's hair was burned off one arm.

Adkins said Wednesday that he thought it was William, but couldn't be certain after so many years.

"The next day, he wasn't there. He flat disappeared," Adkins said.

Darrell Issa told the Mercury News that the fire ultimately was not ruled an arson, he had nothing to do with it and the insurance payments did not even cover the cost of the damage.

Also connected to his takeover of the company, Issa was accused by a former company executive, Jack Frantz, of trying to intimidate him by showing him a box containing a gun as Issa asked him to leave the firm, according to a 1998 Los Angeles Times article.

Issa told the Mercury News:

"I didn't have a gun. I never showed a gun."

No charges were ever filed.

In a written statement, Darrell Issa said his military, business and political careers had been an attempt to make his family name honorable in light of his brother's problems.

"When people ask me why I got into the car-alarm business, I tell them the truth: It was because my brother was a car thief," the statement said.


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