After his disappointing loss to U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay in the March 7 Republican primary race for the 22nd Congressional District, Tom Campbell felt his life was getting back to normal. He had shuttered his campaign headquarters and bid goodbye to his loyal supporters. He had returned to his environmental law practice, ending his three-month leave of absence as a partner in the Houston office of San Francisco-based Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He again was spending quality time with his wife and five children, who had themselves become consumed by his campaign to unseat one of the most powerful men in Congress.

It was during the relative calm of a “family meeting” on April 3 that the phone in Campbell’s Sugar Land, Texas, home began to ring.

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