David Harmer: Tea Party Extremist (with video link) State, National, International, posted by Zone 7, a resident of another community, on Sep 1, 2010 at 9:22 am
David Harmer: Tea Party Extremist
With the November election just around the corner, local voters need to ask themselves whether they want a Tea Party extremist like David Harmer as their next representative in congress. Harmer has openly embraced the Tea Party movement as evidence by his appearance at the April Tea Party Rally in Pleasanton and recent speaking engagements at Tea Party forums in Lodi and East Contra Costa.
The right-wing extremist Tea Party movement doesn’t speak for the majority of people in the moderate 11th District (Democrat and Republican registration split evenly). Without question, there are racist elements to the Tea Party movement as shown in this ABC-7 video of a Pleasanton Tea Party rally from July where Tea Party members started making jokes about a Latino driver: Web Link
Perhaps David Harmer should reconsider his association with such an extreme right-wing group. It seems like he is only trying to appeal to the most far right-wing elements of the district. Why would we want to replace a pragmatic, honest, and moderate congressman like Jerry McNerney with a reactionary ideologue like Harmer?
Posted by jrm, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Sep 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm jrm is a member (registered user) of Danville Express
Remember folks, Mr. Harmer lost the election for the congressional seat for the district in which he ACTUALLY RESIDES not even 12 months ago...this is the issue for me, although his thinly veiled message of an unamerican theocracy is beginning to get me riled up. I believe in a separation of church and state and in my opinion Mr. Harmer is fully playing the religion card in a manner I find to be opportunistic as he seeks to avoid the fact he doesn't even live in my district. The whole Tea Party "God, Guns and Guts" approach is his wheelhouse I know, and indeed I am looking forward to the debates in the months ahead..
Posted by samiam, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2010 at 8:16 am
Actually, it would be nice if we actually had a reasonable choice in this election. McNerney really turned me off during his tenure. I listed to his "meetings" via phone and he is rather inarticulate. That is truly a problem for a man whose job it is to communicate. I have to admit, I am not impressed by the fact that he was unwilling to meet his district face to face but instead chose to hide behind the phone, that does not represent the district well. How many people were excluded from participating? How were the "chosen people" chosen, from party rosters? Isn't he supposed to represent everyone?
Also, regarding the health care bill, he was polling for results the day of the vote, I got a call identifying itself as a poll for McNerney and asking how he should vote. I would LIKE to think my representative would have actually read the bill, gathered data and made an informed choice PRIOR to the vote, rather then going at it American Idol style.
As far as "carpet bagging", unfortunately, we stopped worrying too much about where one is from quite a while ago... Hillary Clinton as well as most of SF board of supervisors comes to mind. Plus, truthfully, I have more in common re interests and concerns with those living in Pleasanton then those living in Ripon....the gerrymandering in this state is beyond the pale.
Alamo, whose children are in the same schools mine are is in district 10...Mine are in 11...yet we are a more likely congressional group then what those I find grouped into my district (Lodi and Danville are more closely aligned then Danville and Alamo???)
I am not enamored with Hammer either...I am simply tired of all the stupid hack phrases that people throw around rather then honest discussion of the merits of a specific candidate.
Why should I vote for McNerney? Why should I vote for Hammer? I do not want a lock step democrats are wonderful/republicans are perfect answer...both are very fallible political parties and should be seen as such.
The founding fathers, wisely, did not advocate the party system. I wish we still held to that principle.
Posted by cardinal, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2010 at 8:26 am
The GOP has a history of using its hallowed guns to shoot itself in the foot. The ultra-Righties are once again purging their much more numerous Moderates right out of the tent, in the name of ideological purity.
I'm old enough to remember 1964, when Barry "extremism-in-defense-of-liberty-is-no-sin" Goldwater presided over the GOP. A landslide fell on top of him, even though Lyndon Johnson was not an attractive, or articulate, candidate.
I'm not sure there will be landslides in the TeaParty districts this fall, but I do know that the TP is the best thing that could've happened to the Democratic Party's candidates.
Posted by Chet, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm
Harmer(What a great name for a GOPer) is stuck with his tea [party member] connections and tied to their moronic actions. This is not what we want our need in our Rep. We need a hard working stand up guy as our Rep like we have in Jerry McNerney. Jerry like all the voters in the district lives and raised a family in the district and fully understands the district. Harmer can't even vote in the district and should not be given any consideration as our Rep.
Posted by American, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on Sep 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm
I am not that impressed with either candidate, but will vote for Hammer as I feel McNerney simply does whatever Pelosi tells him to do, is not an independent, free thinker, and has put his own political ambitions ahead of what his constitutents want him to do(i.e. voting for Obama's socialized medicine scheme)The carpet bagger issue seems like a non-issue with Hammer, as Hilary Clinton had zero connections with New York when she ran for that seat, and California Congressman Pete Stark does not even reside in California and actually claimed an eastern state as his residency to get a tax break.
Posted by Chet, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2010 at 9:25 am
The problem with Harmer not living in the district is that he also does not understand the district. He is not connected to the people in the district. He is a big corp lawyer and is detached from issues important to the lives of us who live in the district. Jerry on the other hand has always been very aware of local issues and has delivered for us all. Jerry was also selected as one of the most independent members of Congress by the National Review.
Posted by Treebeard, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 5, 2010 at 10:41 am
There is no problem with David Harmer not living in the district. The Framers understood this when they specifically allowed this structure in the Constitution.
I would rather have a person like David Harmer who will work for us in Washington and will interact with people in his congressional district and not hide behind contrived "town halls." I would much rather have a rep like David Harmer who will find out all he can about the concerns of the people than a person like McNerney who THINKS he knows the district but only knows how to take orders from Pelosi and Harry Reid.
Posted by jrm, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Sep 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm jrm is a member (registered user) of Danville Express
Sure, but, how about his avowed agenda concerning the Mormon doctrine?
I have no problem with freedom of religion but his statements in the Mormon Times give me reason for concern....he tried to win in Utah (failed) tried to win in his own distict (failed) and now has a carpetbagger effort in my district....he has NEVER won an elected office.....wake up folks.....Candace Anderson and her wing will hopefully not get him elected....HE DOES NOT LIVE IN OUR DISTRICT!