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OC voters unsure which Campbell is running for Senate

Congressman John Campbell of Irvine
Congressman John Campbell of Irvine
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Some voters are apparently confused about which Campbell is running for U.S. Senate. The problem is a particular problem for Orange County voters.

Republican Tom Campbell is running for the U.S. Senate. He’s a former Congressman from northern California.

There’s another Congressman Campbell serving in the House of Representatives — John Campbell of Irvine. Recently, he’s been getting mail from constituents saying it’s great to hear that he’s running for the Senate.

That prompted Campbell — John Campbell — to open his weekly e-mail blast by writing: “I am not TOM Campbell. I am JOHN Campbell. We are not related (unless we share some kilted ancestor 1,000 years ago in a highlands bog). He adds: “I am also younger and better looking.”

There’s a third political California Campbell: Bill Campbell, the former GOP leader in the state assembly, serving as Orange County Supervisor. Luckily for confused voters, his name won’t appear on the 2010 ballot.