Over the last 90 days voters in the 4th Congressional District witnessed a brutal campaign in which almost $6 million was spent— Doug Ose out-spending Tom McClintock by over 4 to 1. Well, now that voters have spoken, we need to learn a few lessons: 1) Republicans running as Republicans win, period. In 1994 Congressional Republicans were swept into power by standing on the conservative principles of the Reagan legacy; however, as time went on, those principles became inconvenient. Spending went through the roof, the ethically dubious enterprise of earmark/pork flourished, and corruption was rampant. Tom McClintock boldly stood on the same conservative principles Ronald Reagan advocated. Republicans must come to a deep conviction that when they run on Republican principles of limited Constitutional government, low taxes and greater freedom, they win. 2) Personal attacks and character assassination does not work. Doug Ose spent $4.6 million personally attacking Tom McClintock, assassinating his character and impugning his integrity. Campaigns should be run on issues and candidates should debate their different approaches to issues confronting us. Personal attacks and character assassinations are a loser, used by losers; and so Doug Ose lost and Tom McClintock won. 3) Doug Ose had a lengthy list of endorsements from local elected officials. Those elected officials led out and told us Doug Ose was their man; however, no one followed. One must wonder, why the disconnect? How can they be so out of touch with the people they serve? One must also wonder if there are other things these local elected officials are doing that are equally out of touch. The Placer County Supervisors’ new car tax and their new restaurant tax, coupled with what could be considered their junior Congressional earmark/ pork spending called “revenue sharing” and the supervisor’s push for a pay raise come to mind. 4) Tom McClintock faces a tough race against Democrat Charlie Brown, but will prevail. In the Primary election, Tom McClintock received 42,544 votes, while Charlie Brown received 42,357. No doubt McClintock will receive some votes that were cast for his opponents and Charlie Brown will receive some votes cast for his opponent; however, in the end, Tom McClintock will prevail. Tom McClintock represents something we have not seen in a while or very often; statesmanship. He is, in actuality, a shining example of the principles of the Ronald Reagan era, and, ultimately, of the Founding Fathers. Tom McClintock is a radical departure from “business as usual” and a welcome change. Tom McClintock will be our next Congressman. Ken Campbell is former chairman of the Placer County Republican Party.