Best Ex-Politician - 2011
Thomas J. Campbell
We've welcomed the move of many folks to other states—say, Mike Carona, how's that federal prison cell in Colorado? But at the same time we heartily applaud the arrival of a relative newcomer. Former, five-time Republican congressman from Northern California Tom Campbell nowadays serves as dean of Chapman University's School of Law. In the political realm, he was a fierce free-market advocate, but unlike a majority of his Republican colleagues in these parts, he also championed progressive social beliefs. He stood by a woman's right to choose an abortion or not, and he never abandoned the principle that gay and lesbian citizens are entitled to equal rights. Perhaps Campbell's honorable presence in a sea of Neanderthal GOPers will inspire more than a few young Republicans to not turn so far to the nutty right.