‘Good luck,’ ‘Get lost’ messages for Tom Campbell

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:

Carly Fiorina“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.

Game on!

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W.

    Not impressed with any of the remaining candidates for guv, in either party. You’d think we could do better — somebody with the intelligence, stature, fortitude and courage to wrestle the legislature and the public into dealing with the brutal realities in this state. Although Jerry Brown is, in my opinion, too old and yesterday’s story, he may actually be the one who would be willing to do the politically unpopular things. It’s his last hurrah, and he’s got nothing to lose once he is elected, if he is.

  • Elwood

    John W.’s post would make sense if we were talking about a normal person.

    But don’t forget that it’s Gov. Moonbeam we’re discussing.

    Not only is he a starry-eyed liberal, he is a total and complete political whore who believes that the end justifies the means.

  • Tom

    I like how Poizner phrases a dig at Meg in the form of a compliment of Campbell. Cute!

  • ted ford

    I think that Tom Campbell would make an outstanding top advisor and spokesman on tax and economic policy issues for whoever is elected Governor this year. Campbell’s ideas (including the gasoline tax) are eminently sensible. The population of this State is way ahead of the politicians. Campbell could appeal to the electorate directly. 2010 will be a huge year for California. I expect Jerry Brown will be elected Governor; the voters will approve the convening of a Constitutional Convention: and that Prop 8 will go to the US Supreme Court…where Boies and Ted Olsen will lose.