In California today, GOP senatorial candidates Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, and Tom Campbell faced off in a debate that focused almost entirely on big government. Bailouts, taxes, budgets, and (much less so) immigration were the dominant topics.
To reflect polling showing a tightening general election race and California voters’ particularly sour mood about the direction of their state and the country, CQ Politics is changing its race rating from Likely Democratic to the increasingly competitive Leans Democratic.
California GOP Senate candidate Tom Campbell's support has begun to wane, as the onetime-frontrunner for the Republican nomination spends time explaining his record, including ties to Sami Al-Arian, convicted of providing support to the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and a series of votes to cut aid to Israel when he was a member of the House of Representatives.
You’re a California Republican and, this being an election year, anxiety is mounting. Your state endures unspeakable economic crises, mostly caused by the union-Democratic axis of Sacramento. Unemployment numbers are higher than the national average, and you’re hearing financial experts declare your deficit-plagued, once-golden state to be in worse shape than—oh the indignity!—Greece.
Two recent polls show former U.S. Representative Tom Campbell, who recently entered the California Republican primary for a U.S. Senate nomination, with a lead over his Republican opponents Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore. While the resume on his website shows a very impressive candidate, Campbell has a long troubling record as an anti-Israel public official. Here are some examples from the record that Campbell built up over a decade in the House (Jennifer Rubin helps chronicle it here):