Tom Campbell is a very nice fellow, a highly experienced politican, and a man with a polished resume on the Republican side. I know Tom Campbell. I have interviewed Tom Campbell, and debated Tom Campbell several times.
He is too liberal for my taste, but he seems quite reasonable when you talk to him and very likeable.
But Tom Campbell has a deeply disturbing problem which threatens to de-rail his nascent Senatorial campaign.
The former Congressman from the South Bay is seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate against Chuck DeVore, the conservative standard bearer and Carly Fiorina, the establishment GOP'er (and McCain supporter) but he can't run away from a record of supporting a known supporter of terrorism.
The Chuck DeVore campaign writes: "In brief, both Seema Mehta of the Los Angeles Times and Michael Zapler of the San Jose Mercury News have written excellent stories on Campbell's provably false assertions -- made in Friday's debate with Chuck DeVore and Carly Fiorina -- about his past affiliation with convicted terrorist supporter Sami Al-Arian."
This is a huge problem for Campbell.