Issa’s remarks came during a Sunday morning appearance on CNN‘s ‘State of the Union,‘ referencing Carney’s remarks on the IRS scandal.
“Their paid liar, their spokesperson, the picture behind — he’s still making things up about what happens and calling this local rogue,” Issa said, gesturing at a picture of Carney on the set.
Later on Sunday, Plouffe tweeted a link to the video of Issa’s comments and dredged up old accusations against the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler. And loose ethically today.thehill.com/video/house/30…— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) June 2, 2013
As CNN reported, Issa was arrested in 1972, at the age of 19, under suspicion of stealing a car, but the charges were dropped. Issa claimed it was a case of mistaken identity. And in 1982, the office and factories of two companies Issa owned caught on fire. Issa had recently increased the insurance on the buildings from $100,000 to $462,000 and the insurance company’s investigation found “suspicious burn patterns.” The insurance company and Issa settled out of court.
In response to Plouffe’s tweet, Issa’s spokesman Frederick Hill couldn’t resist making a jab.
“Looks like the Chairman hit a nerve today,” he told CNN. “Hopefully President Obama follows Plouffe on Twitter and may finally see some information from a senior advisor about what’s going on at the IRS.”
During Monday’s press briefing, Carney was asked to respond to Issa’s comments. The Press Secretary said he hadn’t even heard about them.
“I hadn’t heard that — that’s amazing,” he quipped, and then expressed his thanks to those who had spoken up in his defense.
“But I’m not interested in having a back and forth with Chairman Issa,” he added.
When pressed about whether or not Plouffe’s defense was constructive, Carney again stressed that he was not going to get involved with a “back and forth.”
“Let’s not make it personal,” he said during an interview on Fox News Radio‘s ‘Kilmeade and Friends.’ “Jay Carney is not the issue here. He’s the spokesman for the White House.”