Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) attended last night’s OC GOP Central Committee meeting with the group prepared to vote for his endorsement. With 63 members in attendance, Campbell needed 42 votes for the nod and he failed to get it after a group lead by Irvine’s Allan Bartlett called the Congressman to task for his votes on TARP and the auto industry bailout.
From OC Political:
“This particular endorsement began with John Campbell giving a speech on why he deserved the endorsement of the OC GOP. He pointed out that he had been a vocal member of the Republican Party for conservative causes in D.C. After he finished John Webb went up to speak and gave his reasons as to what he offered as a candidate for the seat.
Both men did a solid job in their opening statements and came across as intelligent advocates of conservative principles. Where things started to unravel a bit for Campbell was during the portion where members got to ask questions of the candidates. He was attacked for his positions on Cash For Clunkers, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and TARP.
I have a great deal of respect for Congressman Campbell for coming into a hostile environment and defending his position he took on these specific bills. I absolutely disagree with his position on TARP, but I respect the fact that he stands by the vote and gives his reasons for it.
One important note is that despite John Campbell having some solid supporters in his corner to speak up for him both Congressman Ed Royce and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher who were in attendance, yet failed to chime in on supporting him for the endorsement.
Nobody in Congress is perfect and overall John Campbell has been a solid conservative vote. I would have liked to have seen him get the endorsement of the OC GOP mainly because the last thing we need is for us to get stuck with Sukhee Kang in Congress.”
Actually, why not bring Sukhee Kang to Congress? He has a solid track record of working with Republicans for the betterment of his community. We need our Congressional representatives to represent the voters of their district not just those in the party they belong to. But by making the case that Campbell should represent the interest of Republicans first, then the OC GOP needs to put a lid on it when a Democrat is elected and votes the interest of Democrats — which they will clearly never stand for.
The telling part of the meeting, for which I give Republicans respect, is this was not a secret ballot; those voting for no endorsement had to make their votes known before Congressman Campbell. Ouch.