David Harmer: Tea Party Extremist (with video link)
Original post made by Zone 7 on Sep 1, 2010
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?
on Sep 1, 2010 at 9:42 am
yes sure the other labels the lefties have tried to apply to David Harmer aren't sticking so why not try tea party extremist?
on Sep 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm
jrm is a registered user.
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..
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.