Read all about it in Forbes.
Rep. Issa's media image as a bare-knuckled brawler certainly is part of the truth about him. And we don't at all disbelieve his alleged youthful indiscretions which may have included felonies. But Rep. Issa is a far more complex character than the New York Times would have you believe. And sometimes, as in the SOPA/PIPA case outlined in the Forbes article, he's a principled crusader, reaching across the aisle to find allies to fight for what's right against powerful interests.
And then sometimes he goes along with the majority and the President and votes to allow the indefinite detention of Americans without trial.