160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Republicans will select some new leaders after they return from their winter recess at the end of the month. California now has one other member of leadership: Rep. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin, the Republican Conference secretary. Doolittle is tied to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and his leadership post could be at risk if Republicans hold elections for all leadership spots short of speaker. Some rank-and-file Republicans are pushing for such full-scale elections in the wake of the Abramoff lobbying scandal that helped force DeLay, R-Texas, to give up the majority leader job. WASHINGTON – Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, announced his candidacy Friday for a spot in the House Republican leadership being vacated by one of the contenders to replace Tom DeLay as majority leader. Issa said he will seek the post of Republican Policy Committee chairman, among the lower spots in the eight-member GOP leadership team but one that would give him a seat in meetings with the House speaker, majority leader, whip and others. “I think California needs to be represented in the national policy debate,” Issa said in an interview. “So much of what needs to be heard in Washington originates in California.” The position has been held by Arizona Rep. John Shadegg, who on Friday became a candidate in the race for majority leader, opposing Reps. Roy Blunt of Missouri and John Boehner of Ohio.