Greg Campbell is raising standards for dedication to his job as chief of staff to Speaker John A. Peréz after using a get-well call from Gov. Jerry Brown as a way to pitch his boss's Medi-Cal expansion bill.
Campbell, 39, is recovering from two surgeries over the weekend to remove a golf-ball sized tumor in his brain, which was discovered last week. Campbell had been feeling sluggish prior to seeking medical attention, according to Peréz spokesman Steve Maviglio.
Speaker Peréz stayed with Campbell and his family at UC Davis Medical Center and "reports that Greg is fully recovering - and is already back in form," according to Maviglio.
After a five-hour surgery on Friday, Campbell told nurses he needed to finish a PowerPoint presentation for the Caucus. He went on to have an 8 1/2 hour additional surgery on Saturday, where doctors were able to successfully remove the entire tumor.
During a call on Sunday from Brown, the governor asked Campbell if there was anything he can do. Campbell told Brown he could sign Peréz's bill that would expand Medi-Cal coverage to more than 1 million low-income California residents.
According to Maviglio, Campbell told the governor: "I'm doing great because I have health insurance. I hope more people can get the health care I did if they need it."
Campbell is scheduled to return home as early as Thursday. He is expected to be out of the office for up to six weeks. In the interim, the Speaker's staff members Jim DeBoo, Rick Simpson and Arnie Sowell will split the responsibilities.
IMAGE CREDIT: Photo of Greg Campbell taken by Jeff Walters.