California Insurance Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner wishes former GOP gubernatorial primary rival Tom Campbell the best of luck as he switches to the U.S. Senate race:
“In this race, Tom Campbell was never afraid to answer the tough questions, debate the issues, and offer specific ideas for pulling California out of economic crisis. I may not have agreed with all of Tom’s proposals, but I admire his attention to policy and his willingness to present detailed specifics. The seriousness of the problems we face demand that our next governor have thoughtful and well-formed plans for bringing California back from the brink. Having served in state government, Tom knows that California cannot be run like a business and the Governor’s office is not a boardroom. It was a pleasure to debate Tom Campbell many times on our plans and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”
GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Meg Whitman was similiarly gracious, if not quite as laudatory:
“Tom is a man dedicated to public service. We now have three strong Republican contenders vying to become California’s next United States Senator, and I look forward to campaigning for victory in November with whomever our nominee is. I am going to ask Tom’s early supporters and the rest of our party to join me in the fight to create jobs, cut spending and fix education in California. I’m confident that on Election Day my credentials as a proven job creator and an effective manager will attract the voters we need to win.”
Campbell’s U.S. Senate primary rival Carly Fiorina – well, not so much:
“Today Tom Campbell kicked off yet another campaign for yet another office in his never ending quest to get elected again – but using his electoral history as a guide, his kick off tour is more likely to be a farewell tour. Tom’s unending quest for statewide office has nothing to do with serving the people of California, rather it’s about satisfying Tom Campbell’s quixotic personal ambition and the false premise that he will be acceptable to Republican primary voters. California Republicans won’t vote for a proponent of higher taxes and more government; they’re smarter than Tom Campbell gives them credit for.
“We view Tom’s candidacy as an opportunity for Carly to further distinguish herself as a political outsider and fiscal conservative who will always be on the side of the taxpayers – not just for the primary election, but also for the general election. Tom Campbell and Barbara Boxer share many of the same views, not the least of which is their mutual support for increased taxes and government expansion. Running against Tom in the primary provides our campaign an ideal sparring partner for the main event.”
Fiorina’s release goes on to paint Campbell as a career politician, a lackluster fundraiser and a fiscal liberal. But this one release today spends more time and verbiage talking about Campbell than Fiorina has said to date about her other competitor in the primary, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore – clearly, Fiorina’s campaign believes Campbell is a foe worth naming and trying to nip in the bud.