The desperate Democratic Party of Orange County issued a press release today celebrating the fact that U.S. Rep. John Campbell failed, by one vote. to garner the endorsement of the Republican Party of Orange County. The release was written by the DPOC’s 26-year old executive director, Nick Anas, who failed miserably as the head of Irvine Council Member Beth Krom’s campaign against Campbell in 2010.
But – Campbell was rejected in part because he was “one of 15 House Republicans who voted in December 2010 to lift the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military, an issue that rankled his party’s social conservatives,” according to the Daily Pilot.
So of course that means that the DPOC is celebrating today because homophobic Republicans rejected Campbell’s endorsement. Nice.
The reality is that Campbell got 44 endorsement votes. He needed 45. He was only opposed by 22 OC GOP Central Committee members. In the end this really doesn’t matter as he has a huge campaign warchest.
Campbell is being opposed not only by the hopeless liberal Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang – he is also facing off against a fellow Republican. That would be former CHP officer and current insurance broker John Webb. I never heard of him and chances are the voters don’t know him either.
As of the end of the last reporting period, Dec. 31, Campbell had $1.1 million on hand, Webb had $2,500 and Democrat Sukhee Kang, Irvine’s mayor, had $190,000. Voter registration in the district is 45 percent Republican and 28 percent Democrat, according to the O.C. Register. Campbell has the most money and he will easily win in June.
Here is the lame DPOC press release:
PRESS RELEASE, For Immediate Release: 2/21/2012
Contact: Nick Anas, Executive Director, (714)835-5158
OC Republicans Reject Campbell
The Orange County Republican Party Central Committee refuses to endorse Incumbent Rep. Campbell
Santa Ana, CA – 2/21/12 – At last night’s early endorsement meeting of the Republican Party of Orange County, incumbent Representative John Campbell failed to receive the endorsement of their Central Committee. Rep. Campbell fell one vote short of the 2/3 threshold required for the body to endorse, receiving 41 of 63 possible votes. 22 members voted against the endorsement.
This is the first time the Republican Party has refused to endorse Rep. Campbell and will give a significant boost to Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang, the Democratic Party endorsed candidate.
“We thought all along that Mayor Kang could win by virtue of his of appeal to voters of a wide political spectrum in that congressional district.” said Democratic Party Chair Frank Barbaro. “We feel strengthened and emboldened.”
Sukhee Kang is running for Orange County’s new 45th Congressional District, which includes Anaheim Hills, Coto de Caza, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Orange, Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin and Villa Park.
More information can be found at www.KangforCongress.com.