Rep. Issa rehires ex-spokesman who shared emails

By the Associated Press | August 24, 2011 | 11:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh) has rehired the spokesman he fired for sharing emails from other reporters with a New York Times journalist.

Kurt Bardella won't resume his previous assignment as deputy communications director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, however.

Committee communications director Frederick Hill said Wednesday that Bardella will work under the committee's general counsel and will not be a media spokesman.

Hill said that Issa believed Bardella deserved a second chance, even though he acted improperly.

Issa said last March that he fired Bardella because sharing reporters' e-mails with Times journalist Mark Leibovich was "a basic breach of trust with the reporters it was his job to assist."

Issa, a California Republican, is chairman of the House's main investigative committee.