Calif. Republican Aims for Senate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Rep. Tom Campbell, a moderate Silicon Valley Republican, said Friday he is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
Campbell, 47, who opposed the use of American forces in Kosovo without congressional approval, said his campaign would stress fiscal conservatism and an affirmation of Congress’ constitutional war-making authority.
Polls showed his vote to impeach President Clinton ran counter to the prevailing stance in his affluent moderate-to-liberal district south of San Francisco.
``Independence should be considered a positive and not a negative,″ said Campbell, a Stanford law professor.
Campbell was first elected to the House in 1988 and served two terms. He was defeated in the 1992 Republican Senate primary by conservative TV commentator Bruce Herschensohn, then served briefly in the state Senate. He returned to the House in 1996.
His Republican opponents include Ron Unz, who led the ballot campaign to dismantle bilingual education in California; San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, a conservative who focuses on national defense and land-use issues; state Sen. Ray Haynes; and J.P. Gough, an Orange County businessman.
Feinstein, 66, the former mayor of San Francisco, was elected in 1992 to finish an unexpired Senate term and re-elected in 1994. She has said she will seek another term next November.