Campbell (R-Irvine) is an Assemblyman representing the 70th
in Orange County. Mr. Campbell is the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly
Budget Committee. He is the only CPA in the California State
and recently received a national award as Freshman Republican
Legislator of the Year. He represents the cities of Newport
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. [go to Campbell index]
Week NYC & Sacramento
Girlie men and bad votes...
[John Campbell] 9/6/04
Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the keynote speech at the Republican
convention on Tuesday night. In case you didn't
see it or hear it, I thought it was one of the finest speeches
I have heard recently. The points he made were very clear, well
delivered and artfully articulated. It was poignant to have such
a patriotic speech delivered with his Austrian accent.
I thought that one of the best parts was when
he described how you could know if you are a Republican. Because
many "mainstream" media
outlets did not report it, here is that excerpt:
"My fellow immigrants, my fellow Americans,
how do you know if you are a Republican? Well, I'll tell you
If you believe that government should be accountable to the
people, not the people to the government...then you are a Republican!
If you believe that a person should be treated as an individual,
not a member of an interest group...then you are a Republican!
If you believe that your family knows how to spend your money
better than the government does...then you are a Republican!
If you believe our educational system should be held accountable
for the progress of our children...then you are a Republican!
If you believe that this country, not the United Nations, is
the best hope of democracy in the world...then you are a Republican
And, ladies and gentlemen ... if you believe we must be fierce
and relentless and terminate terrorism ...then you are a Republican!
There is another way you can tell you're a Republican.
You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness
the American people ... and faith in the U.S. economy. And to
those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: "Don't
be economic girlie men!"
Well said Governor......even the "girlie men" part!
What a difference a vote makes: Many times people will say
to me that having Republicans pick up a seat or two in the Assembly
or the Senate doesn't matter that much unless we take control
of the house. Last week, the fallacy of that notion was proven
During four out of the last five days of session, one of the
most liberal members of the Assembly was not on the floor due
to an illness in his family. During those 4 days, more bills
failed passage than I recall in my previous 3 years here put
together. Often, they failed by a single vote.
Had this member been here, he would have clearly
voted for all of them. At one point, another Democratic member
put up a "courtesy" aye vote on a particular bill on
behalf of the missing member so that the bill passed by that
single vote. When that member returned on the last day, several
of the bills that had failed passage earlier in the week now
passed with his vote.
And that was just over the last week. Over the course of the
two year legislative cycle dozens of bills only receive the bare
minimum of 41 votes.
So, can a single vote or a single seat in the legislature make
a difference? You bet. I saw it first hand last week. CRO