Saturday, December 18, 2010

Aftermath of Recently-Ended Political Season at UC-Riverside: Provost Candidate in the Soup

Campbell withdraws as UCR provost candidate

Duane W. Gang, Dec. 17, 2010, Riverside Press-Enterprise

Former California congressman and U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Campbell withdrew today as a candidate for UC Riverside's open executive vice chancellor and provost position, the university announced. Campbell interviewed on campus Dec. 10, but some faculty and students raised objections to his candidacy because of his stance on immigration. During his unsuccessful primary campaign this year for the Republican Senate nomination, Campbell expressed support for Arizona's SB1070, a controversial law targeting people suspected of being in the country illegally.

In a statement, UC Riverside spokeswoman Kris Lovekin said Campbell called Chancellor Timothy P. White today and withdrew his name for consideration. Campbell, a past dean of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, also served in the Legislature and five terms in Congress representing districts in Northern California…

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Background: Campbell originally ran in the Republican primary against Whitman and Poizner, but had little money to compete. He then switched to the U.S. Senate race where he came in third against Fiorina and DeVore. At one time he was a professor at the Stanford Law School and budget director for Gov. Schwarzenegger. A notable moment in the senate primary for political junkies involved a question to the candidates as to whether people on the no-fly list should have guns. Campbell answered "no"; the other two candidates disagreed. In the view of yours truly, Fiorina put herself on the losing track for the general election with her answer. See the video below. (Ignore the typo on one title):

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