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Tom Campbell Takes a Hit From the Right



    Tom Campbell Takes a Hit From the Right

    A group that promotes traditional marriage is funding a ad campaign against republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell.  The anti-Campbell ad is a direct result of Campbell's support of gay marriage.

    Campbell openly opposed Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California.  He wrote an op ed piece where he laid out "Why Republicans should vote no on Prop. 8."
    Campbell wrote: Republicans believe deeply that government should be limited. Government has no business making distinctions between people based on their personal lives. That's why, as a Californian and a Republican who has held elective office at the federal and state levels, I will be voting No on Proposition 8.

    That view didn't sit well with the Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage in 2008.  And the group's memory is apparently alive and well two years later.  It began running the 30-second television ad Monday in Republican-leaning areas of California. It links Campbell's views to Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer.

    Campbell's opponents in the Republican primary, Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore, say marriage should be between a man and a woman.

    Campbell spokesman James Fisfis said the campaign is more upset that the commercial compares Campbell to Boxer on taxes. He says the two are worlds apart on that issue.