The War Against Tom Campbell

Ideological Purity is only going to help Boxer win another term in California. Here is an excerpt from a column by Dennis Saunders about how the far right is ganging up on Tom Campbell.


Tom Campbell, a former Republican congressman from California, decided late last year to drop his bid for Governor of the Golden State and instead join the race the GOP Senate primary in the bid to unseat Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

Early on, some feared that Campbell’s entry would split the socially moderate vote between Campbell and Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, leaving social conservative, State Senator Chuck Devore, as the winner.  Instead, Devore is trailing in third, while Fiorina and Campbell duke it out.

In another time, heck, in another universe, Campbell would be the clear winner in a GOP Primary.  He is what might have passed for a California Republican 20 years ago: fiscally conservative and socially moderate.  He was against Prop 8 which banned gay marriage in 2008 and has long supported same sex marriage.  Indeed, Log Cabin Republicans, one of two gay Republican groups, has endorsed Campbell because of his pro-same-sex marriage stance.

As I said, in another time, Campbell would be an easy winner.  But this is not another time.  Because we live in an era where ideological purity seems to matter more and more, Campbell is receiving the brunt of some unfair attacks by other groups.

More at: Republicans United

I know some groups want purity, but we also want leaders who are inclusive. I know GoProud is more conservative in nature than Log Cabin, but will their conservative friends help in the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell or other non-marriage equality issues?

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