John Campbell [R, CA-48] thinks his public attacks on earmarks, including broadsides against Andre Agasi’s highly touted charter school in Las Vegas, a Sherwin-Williams research project, John Murtha, and Charles Rangel’s education center, mark him as a fiscal conservative for his base. But Campbell’s votes in 2006 during the Republican control of the house mark him as a fiscal hypocrite.
Let’s be honest about John Campbell [R, Ca-48]. He is not a deficit fighter, but a political hack. He now plays the curmudgeon on earmarks, but his 2006 voting record under the Republican majority in Congress is a different story. For example, Campbell voted, without a hint of objection to ridiculous earmarks like:
$1 million for Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Department;
$250,000 for the Montana World Trade Center;
$300,000 for the Bronx Council for Marketing of Local Business Art Initiatives;
$250,000 for the Bronx On-Water Learning Program;
$3 million for the OPERATIONS OF THE OFFICE ON RIGHT-SIZING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT’S OVERSEAS PRESENCE.
John Campbell’s claims fiscal superiority, but his votes in 2006 belie a different motive. duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) said, “Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.” Campbell is the classic proof of the statement.