Campbell (R-Irvine) is an Assemblyman representing the 70th District
in Orange County. Mr. Campbell is the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly
Budget Committee. He is the only CPA in the California State legislature
and recently received a national award as Freshman Republican
Legislator of the Year. He represents the cities of Newport Beach,
Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Aliso Viejo, Laguna
Woods and Lake Forest. He can be reached through his Assembly
and through the website
for his California Senate campaign.
October 7 and beyond...
[John Campbell] 10/7/03
It is clear
now that the race is between Gray Davis, Cruz Bustamante and
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Any fellow conservatives still thinking
of voting for State Senator Tom McClintock should understand
that it is not a protest vote; it is a vote for Bustamante's
agenda of raising taxes and lowering freedom and for unrestricted
Indian gambling casinos.
final days, Davis is resorting to his tried and true yarn of
falsely demonizing his opponents
and misleading the
public. He cannot run by defending his record because his
record is indefensible. Our state has the worst credit rating
50 states, we are on the verge of insolvency, we are ranked
between 46th and 50th as far as good places to create jobs
and do business, and we have the fourth-highest taxes and
a crumbling infrastructure. Davis just finished "renegotiating" contracts
with state public employee unions just as those unions were
giving him $2.7 million to defend him in the recall. Do you
think taxpayers did well in those contract negotiations?
No. But the unions got great deals for themselves. The old
Davis and the new Gray Davis are the same. He is still ruining
our state economically. He is still blatantly giving everything
to his special interest campaign contributors and nothing
to taxpayers. He is still not telling you the truth. He is
the stereotypical example of incompetence and corruption
that Gov. Hiram Johnson had in mind when he created the recall
This governor has not changed. So, we should change the governor.
And we should
change him to Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of Davis' standard
attack lines on Arnold is that he has no
He certainly does not have a lifetime of experience solely
in government as our current governor has. That's a good
thing. What Arnold does have is tremendous experience in
jobs, meeting budgets rather than breaking them, innovating,
achieving the unachievable and in dealing with all the
regulatory mess that lifetime politicians in Sacramento have
says that Arnold has not been specific about what he will do
as governor. Like many things Davis says, that is
also blatantly untrue. Let me give you just a few things
that Arnold has publicly said he will do as governor:
call a special session of the Legislature to enact real workers'
compensation reform with a goal of cutting
He will not
raise taxes to balance the budget. He will instead reduce regulation
to allow more job creation to
in this state.
He will push
for a constitutional amendment to limit the growth in state
government to the growth in population
He will expand
choice options for parent of kids in failing schools by expanding
charter school opportunities.
He will enact
a ban on fund-raising for all state elected officials from
the time the governor
submits a state
until the time one is enacted.
He will fight
for cleaner air and reduced emissions by leading the country
alternative fuel sources.
He will ask
that legislative redistricting be done by court appointed masters,
rather than the legislators
He will not
sign any bill that has been amended too late for public input.
He will eliminate
many restrictive categorical block grants to schools and give
to save money
by contracting out for services.
put together an independent audit of all state agencies to
in state government
And on and
on and on. I could literally list dozens more specific proposals
in the areas
and the budget
But the strength
of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor goes far beyond these
of his persona,
and ability to communicate with people,
he can go around the gerrymandered
in Sacramento and go straight to the
people with his message. The 6 p.m.
news in Los
Gov. Arnold talking
about Workers' comp, even if there
is a car chase going on. So he uniquely
an agenda, he
it. Please help to save California.
Vote yes on the recall and
for Arnold on Oct. 7th.
has been recalled, it will be proof that there is still some
California government and it is
comforting to know that politicians
get away with the kinds of things
he has done in
But it does
not mean that we will recall every
governor. There has been a recall
one, since the recall law was created
in 1911. Very, very few succeed,
however, because the
recall someone because you disagree
with them; only because they are
expect that to change.
has not been recalled, I expect that the state will be
or near bankruptcy
spring. The public
will not see
any change in this guy or in
his outcomes for schools
or the economy.
of Cruz Bustamante as governor makes the keys on
He has already
proposed to raise
every tax there is. Don't be
surprised if there are proposals
have Indian Casinos on "sacred
land" in Costa Mesa
either. John Fund, a columnist
for the Wall Street Journal,
said last week that "if
you took a walk through Cruz
Bustamante's deepest thoughts,
you would not get your ankles
is governor, be prepared for the action
hero to take
the year is
like me stay in our districts
and not much happens in Sacramento.
of our problems
in the state budget, the
economy and education and he will call
special sessions and get
moving on much
is governor, the national press will not lose
in this story
or in California.
stay as much of a staple
on "Hardball" and
Evening News" as it
has been in the last few
months. If someone else
is governor, interest will
to wane until
California's problems deepen
And in any
case, many, many average Californians
unengaged with state
has shown them how the
goings on in Sacramento
how they can
affect Sacramento. No
matter what the outcome, that
will be a win
for us all.