Since ascending to Congress from the California State Legislature in 2005, Campbell has built up a voting record that is decidedly at odds with the conservative reputation he'd like everyone to believe he possesses. In addition to voting for the Wall Street bailout (aka TARP), Campbell was the only congressional Republican against limiting the salaries and bonuses of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives. Campbell further voted for an increase on the limits of Fannie and Freddie home loans, helped Democrats in Congress beat back efforts to effectively repeal the anti-business Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and voted to overturn the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
John Campbell is also notoriously known to be an "absent congressman" who seems to only show up in the district whenever he makes a call-in appearance to the Hugh Hewitt radio show. I myself have never gotten a response from Campbell about the emails I sent to his office regarding the need to reform the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Given all of his shortcomings as a congressman, it's unsurprising that John Campbell failed to get endorsed by the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee this past February. From this news, I was delighted to learn that a primary challenge was being made to Campbell by a fellow named John Webb, a former Marine and police officer.
I'm not sure how realistic it is for John Webb to win in June, because even though the local GOP establishment isn't backing Campbell, I'm sure Campbell is getting a lot of money from the elected establishment in DC. Nevertheless, I'm voting for John Webb, and if you too live in the newly drawn 45th congressional district of California, I would encourage you to do so as well.