John Campbell's Quitting Congress Prompts Replacement Speculation

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Campbell: I'm outta this nuthouse...
When Orange County Congressman John Campbell announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election, the Irvine Republican's move immediately led to speculation about who wants the job: State Senator Mimi Walters? Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway? Ex-Congressman Christopher Cox? Ex-State Senator Dick Ackerman? Irvine Democratic boss Larry Agran?

As history shows, once a person wins a seat in Congress from here, the position is unofficially but realistically permanent.

The last time a congressman unwillingly lost his post was 17 years ago--Robert K. Dornan to Democrat Loretta Sanchez in an Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana district.

Dana Rohrabacher--Orange County's senior, career politician--originally won a seat in Congress from Huntington Beach by running on a term-limits platform calling for no more than three terms in Washington, D.C. because, he then argued, to serve longer guaranteed corruption.

A quarter of a century later, Rohrabacher still hasn't left the job.

His 1988 stance about career politicians and corruption might have been the last thing he's gotten right.

If you're interested in all the inside baseball about who is angling for Campbell's Republican-voter dominated seat, read Jon Fleischman's ample, detailed coverage on his FlashReport.

Campbell won a special election to replace Chris Cox in the district in 2005 after President George W. Bush appointed the toothy congressman to serve as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(Cox is now a lawyer in private practice.)

Campbell's brand of conservatism--he isn't a wide-eyed, screamer like Rohrabacher--wasn't always appreciated in Orange County's Republican ranks.

He voted for Bush's frantic 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that gave hundreds of billions of tax dollars to struggling, private corporations.

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rpmcestmoi
rpmcestmoi

He was worse.  He only wanted to poke out the eyes, not draw and quarter.

ChrisPrevatt
ChrisPrevatt

Michele Steele could always change her mind and decide to move back into the district and run. And she really doesn't have to live in the district to run anyway. Consider the options, which would you choose? Term limited seat on the OC Board of Supervisors, or unlimited term as a member of Congress? Would make for a much more interesting race than adding Lalloway to the mix.

Art Guevara
Art Guevara

Good one, Do not under estimate the power of the Hispanic & Latino VOTE... We will change the next Election Again... Will keep all the names from The Republican Party that opposed to the Immigration Reform, to Vote them Out in the Next Election... Please share this note WIDELY Thanks... Los Hispanos y Latinos cambiaremos una ves más las Elecciones en la próxima Campaña y guardaremos los nombres de todos los Políticos del Partido Republicano que se Ppusieron a la Reforma Migratoria y dejarlos sin trabajo en las próximas Elecciones... Favor de compartir con todas sus amistades y contactos...gracias Defensor de los Derechos Humanos...

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

Obama has deported more illegals then Bush...how does that work in your brain?  "Hispanic & Latino", lol, whatever....

rpmcestmoi
rpmcestmoi

@Zoe Nicholson You are as unfit as Campbell, but probably not as antagonistic to the have-nots.

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