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BREAKING NEWS: Congressman John Campbell Retiring

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on June 27, 2013

On the Hugh Hewitt show just moments ago Congressman John Campbell announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014. To make it clear, this is not because of any type of scandal or wrongdoing, it appears he is simply ready to go back to private life (rather refreshing to see). This is quite a surprise to me and I am sure many other people. More on this story over the next few days as it becomes available. Best wishes from our blog to Congressman Campbell and his staff (who are always a pleasure to work with).

UPDATE 4:19 PM- Flash Report Editor Jon Fleischman just tweeted that he spoke with Senator Mimi Walters and she intends to seek the seat being vacated by Congressman Campbell in 2014.

UPDATE 6:00 PM- Forgive my Twitter style posting but this all happened as I was with a client showing a property. Here is the statement released by Congressman Campbell about his retirement:

“I have decided that I will not seek re-election to represent California’s 45th Congressional district in 2014. At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time, elected politics. I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician. I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the district where my wife and I have raised our children. I look forward to continuing that representation for the balance of the 113th Congress. I have been blessed to have the unwavering support of my family, friends, and the residents of Orange County throughout these years, and for that I will remain forever grateful. My passion for the conservative issues for which I have fought so vocally over that span has not waned. But in the future, I will continue the fight for more freedom and a less authoritarian government as a private citizen rather than elected official. Drive fast and live free.”

8 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Congressman John Campbell Retiring”

  1. Highland said

    Campbell’s time in congress was, at best, undistinguished.

  2. Kind of awesome to get a minor mention with a link from the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/john-campbell-retiring_n_3513070.html

  3. TheMarshallPlan said

    Let teh games begin. Nice mention Chris, the comments though, really show the lack of intelligence and just plain common sense from unfortunately a lot of voters. Of course a lot of them are so ridiculous, it’s actually kinda funny.

  4. It is a relief to me to hear that Campbell is on the way out. He didn’t really seem to enjoy behaving the way you would expect a Congressman to enjoy, i.e. being nice to your constituents. I expect that Campbell was worried about another tough primary and the fact that liberal Republicans, like himself, will have even less power in the next Congress. I see this as a victory of sorts for all of us who fought so hard to promote John Webb as a Republican challenger to Campbell last time out. We managed to deny Campbell the endorsement of the local OCGOP – at least temporarily. I’m very happy to see Campbell gone. FYI: There is plenty out there for opposition researchers who want to poke holes in the Mimi Walters’ campaign. Apparently, she and her husband make a ton of money off the state of California and they have been less than ethical in terms of paying their employees. Sad, but true…

  5. OC Insider #29 (aka Greg Diamond) said

    I have a feeling that it won’t be Schemin’ Mimi “of Irvine.” She may be more likely than anyone else, but that’s not all that likely given the competition. Don Wagner gets a free shot at this one, because if Mimi beats him he just runs for her Senate seat. Whoever wins there is there for life (or until life in prison, whichever), so how can all the ambitious Republicans in the area sit this one out?

  6. Mark Weller said


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  8. […] who is running for the 45th Congressional District seat being vacated by John Campbell, who voluntarily retired.  (That incredibly long sentence demonstrates a recurring theme in […]

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