TEA Party Power - how you can help keep it going! State, National, International, posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
The wonderful TEA Party event at the fairgrounds yesterday will help build momentum for conservative victories in the November 2010 elections and beyond.
If you attended, or wanted to attend, you need to help keep this going!
Volunteer now for a local conservative running for elected office. My choice is David Harmer, who is the leading candidate in the Republican Primary on June 8th.
That's less than 8 weeks away. Harmer's office is right near the fairgrounds in Pleasanton, you can contact the campaign on the website as well, Web Link
The Federal Election Commission released new campaign finance figures for congressional races Thursday April 15th, and Harmer is the leading candidate in terms of funds raised during the first quarter, exceeding even the total amount raised by incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney, "The Pelosi of Pleasanton".
David Harmer told me the campaign donations came from over 1200 individual donors. His campaign needs support from volunteers to assist with phonebanking and precinct walking, to turn out the votes in June and November needed to send McNerney packing.
Whether for David Harmer or the candidate in your local district, get off the couch and support regime change in Washington DC!
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm
Great, another snide remark from cholo about "gays"...He's made a few of those about me (Jolene, etc.) but I can handle it (oh, tee hee hee). As soon as cholo sees "anti cholo" he hits the "Report Objectional Content" button and the PW Online swing into action to defend him. GAMES'S OVER NOW !
Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2010 at 8:23 am
Very interesting.....the news report of the TEA party event stated that the TEA party was not a political organization but instead a movement. You lead your statement with a proposal to support conservative candidates - which seems to run counter to this prior statement. While I agree with the general statement "Taxed Enough Already" how can you really state this isn't a partisan organization?
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2010 at 9:16 am
Good post, Jim01.
As a confession, I've never been involved in campaigns before. I've just voted. However, this will likely be the most important mid-term election in my lifetime. I'll be donating my time and some contributions (although I cannot afford much) to help David Harmer defeat our extreme leftist (mis)representative, McNerney who votes 98% with Madame Pelosi.
David Harmer is a good man and will have my vote, my contributions, and my time. Thank you for your post.
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2010 at 9:47 am
"A career politician in search of a place to serve." These were David Harmer's words describing Garamendi during the 2009 10th District Congressional seat runoff - an accusation Harmer made because Garamendi didn't live in the 10th district.
It's certainly a phrase that appropriately applies to David Harmer.
In 1996 David Harmer ran for Congress in Utah's 2nd District - unsuccessfully. In 2009 he lost the election to Garamendi in the 10th District. Now he's running against McNerney in the 11th - even though he doesn't live in the 11th District.
The gerrymandering of our District is bad enough. We certainly don't need to make it worse with Congressional "representation" by someone who doesn't even live in our District . . . in other words, "a career politician in search of a place to serve."
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Dublinmike and Rae...
Harmer a "career politician" ??? Excuse me, yes he ran for the office once in the heavily leftist 10th district (and made a remarkable showing, by the way), but aside from this...he has never held elected office. So how does this classify him as a 'career politician'???
It is true that he lives about a mile beyond the 11th district into San Ramon. Much of his weekly schedule, including his family's, is in Pleasanton. Let me ask you, if he were to move one mile so that he is physically residing in the 11th...do you think he would "learn so much more about the 11th district issues??? I think not. Calif election law states that a candidate must live in California to have elected office in Calif. Period.
Your position that he is a career politician simply does not hold water.
Posted by To Amy, a resident of the Beratlis Place neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm
Amy, I think you're missing the point. It is not that he hasn't held much office, but that he's carpetbagging several districts to call "home" in order to find his way into public office that's being exposed.
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm
I was curious to see just where Mr. Harmer’s campaign funding is coming from. What’s showing up as reported to the Federal Election Commission so far is mostly 2009, but it paints a very telling picture. Web Link
Of the committees/PACs/lobbyists who have contributed to his campaign (excluding the National GOP money), I see many from out of state, and none from the 11th District. For example:
VA Rep Buck McKeon’s 21st Century PAC –
ACPAC – MN - lobby for the credit and collection industry $12,500
America First Political Action Committee – Wash DC
Michael Burgess for Congress – TX
Friends of Jason Chaffetz for Congress – UT
"Citizens United Political Victory Fund – Wash DC (a lobby with a goal for complete withdrawal from the United Nations)
CA Rep Ken Calvert's Eureka PAC (Calvert was named one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress, and even called out by the conservative blog "redstate")
Jeff Flake for Congress – AZ
Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC - UT
OH Rep John Boehner’s The Freedom Project
Gun Owner’s of America – a “no-compromise gun lobby” – VA
Mike Huckabee’s Huck Pac – AR
Mary’s Political Action Committee – MD
The National Franchisee Association(NFA)/BURGER KING® franchisee – GA
UT Sen. Orrin Hatch’s OrrinPAC
IN Rep Mike Pence’s Mike Pence Committee
Performant Financial Corp PAC – National Assc of Insurance & Financial Advisors –
Every Republican is Crucial (Ericpac) – VA
The list of individuals who have contributed to his campaign reflects a similar picture. Web Link Although I did see a few (4, maybe 5) from within the district in which he has chosen, this time, to be a candidate, most contributions are from out of state (e.g. UT, FL, OH, MI, MD, IL, TX, MO) and out of the 11th District.
It just goes to show that if Mr. Harmer isn't elected in the 11th, based on his out-of-state/out-of-district funding he’ll have lots choices as a politician in search of his next campaign!
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm
Rae - nice try, is that the best you have?
Compare Harmer to McNerney or to his primary opponents on the same basis. Congressional politics is a national game these days.
The choice here is clear. Re-elect a real progressive Democrat, Jerry McNerney, who advocates a 90% top marginal tax rate, supports socialized medicine and anything else Madame Pelosi wants (ask him if he would support a different speaker of the house if he was re-elected). Throw into the mix amnesty for all illegal aliens and cap-and-trade (McNerney the wind engineer strongly supports taxing CO2 emissions).
Or elect Harmer, who will vote to cut taxes and reduce the size of government to stimulate REAL economic growth, repeal ObamaCare and implement reforms that will not grow the federal government. David Harmer realizes that higher taxes and increasing federal debt will imperil the future of our children and grandchildren.
The decision, in my personal opinion, could not be clearer. We can vote to further the progressive Democrats agenda by re-electing McNerney, or we can elect David Harmer.
Again, the Tea Party Patriots need to back a conservative candidate who will roll back the radical agenda of the Obama administration. Get off the couch!
Posted by a reader, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm
"Or elect Harmer, who will vote to cut taxes and reduce the size of government to stimulate REAL economic growth, repeal ObamaCare and implement reforms that will not grow the federal government. David Harmer realizes that higher taxes and increasing federal debt will imperil the future of our children and grandchildren."
How does Harmer feeling about bailing out huge failed investment banks and insurance companies with tax dollars?
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Apr 18, 2010 at 8:14 am
As a career politician Mr. Harmer certainly knows that it is in his best interest to espouse the current “Party” line . . . the one he thinks will get him elected by the self-proclaimed "only true American patriots" . . . especially while attending a Tea Party.
You're the one, "jimf01", who brought up Mr. Harmer's campaign contributions as if they told a story. They tell a story all right. What they say, so far, is that this "career politician in search of a place to serve" is funded by out-of-state and out-of-district politicians, PACs and lobbyists. In whose interest is he being paid to serve? It certainly doesn’t look like he has much invested in the 11th District’s.
As far as the rest of the Tea Party Nation rhetoric the faithful so love to spread about, and where Mr. Harmer truly stands, he did an interview in Dec 09 with “The Mormon Times” that may give us all some insight on his views. Mr. Harmer stated “he considers himself a Christian first, an American second, a conservative third and finally, a Republican.” Mr. Harmer further stated, "It is not about me, but it is about someone that is strong raising the Title of Liberty." Web Link
I was curious about the “Title of Liberty” reference, thinking it may be more Tea Party rhetoric, so I looked it up. The term refers to a 1st Century BC Mormon, Captain Moroni (also mentioned by Mr. Harmer in “The Mormon Times” article). The “Title of Liberty” is a standard which he raised to rally the Nephites (one of the four main groups of Mormon settlers of the ancient Americas) against a group of dissenters. Moroni was so angry that he rent his coat and wrote upon it, "In memory of our God, our religion, our freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children." With these words, he rallied his people, chased most of the dissenters away, put to death any that remained, and, having been granted power from the chief judges and people, raised up the “Title of Liberty” flag upon every Nephite tower. Web Link
Let’s see, activist judges who support a single point of view, and death to dissenters . . . while I can see that is a political platform the Tea Party Nation faithful have, and will, gladly embrace, it’s not one that I can support.
Posted by Amy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 18, 2010 at 8:35 am
Give it up Rae. Your feeble attempt ... at tearing down a wonderful, America loving, freedom loving, conservative who wants to stop the Obama/McNerney "big government" growth and to turn the Obama Administration's deliberate job killing programs around. ... simply won't work.
We're firing McNerney in November and replacing him with a terrific conservative, David Harmer...unless the thug Democrats are successful in implementing vote fraud and intimidation like they exercised in the 2008 Presidential election (e.g. ACORN, SEIU, illegal caucuses, illegal contributions, Panthers, etc.).
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2010 at 6:48 am
Amy and "jimf01",
As much as you seem to hate it, in this country we still have a government run by officials who are elected to represent the geographic area that votes them into office - a representative democracy.
I sincerely question if Mr. Harmer will represent the interests of Congressional District 11, gerrymandered tho' it may be. Mr Harmer is politician who not only does not live in CD11, but is funded, it seems, almost entirely by politicians, organizations, PACs, lobbyists and individuals who do not have a vested interest in our District, let alone California.
Exactly who and what is it he would be representing, this politician who says "he considers himself a Christian first, an American second, a conservative third and finally, a Republican"? Those who funded his "search of a place to serve" or CD11?
You may not like it, but CD11 is made up of more than just Tea Party enthusiasts . . . and frankly, it does no one in CD11 any good if we don't look behind the Tea Party rhetoric to the politician.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 20, 2010 at 7:56 am
Your logic actually works up to a point Rae, I will give you that much. Jerry McNerney was funded by out-of-district interests. One of the largest bases for his individual donations is Oakland and Berkeley. The nearest OFA office, funded and operated by the Democrat Congressional Committee, is located in (not coincidentally) Oakland.
You cannot deny that congressional politics is a national game. Look at the blizzard of money that hit Massachusetts in the week before Scott Brown was elected.
The Bay Area has very safe Democrat seats, so they can devote much of their effort sending volunteers and money out to CD-11 to try and preserve McNerney's seat.
Where your story falls apart is that the TEA Partiers who will be volunteering for David Harmer ARE the CD-11 residents who I am encouraging, in this blog, to get the vote out and support Harmer.
I do not speak for all TEA Partiers, and I surely do not speak for all Republicans, but I personally can support a candidate who says he considers himself a Christian first, an American second, a conservative third and finally, a Republican.
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2010 at 9:38 am
"congressional politics is a national game"
That's why we cannot afford to elect a politician to represent CD11 who has absolutely no vested interest in our District. If we elect Mr. Harmer, a politician who, at a minimum, doesn't even live in the District, we will have *no* local representation at the national level.
In addition, I personally would never support a candidate who puts their religion ahead of being an American. We have separation of church and state for a very good reason.
While it has become obvious that Tea Party enthusiasts have a very narrow scope of what a “true American” is, the rest of us Americans cannot allow ourselves to be so narrowly defined as either the far right (or left) would like to make us. Just as we cannot afford to to be "represented" at a national level by a politician who has no vested interest in our specific geographic area.
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:17 am
Rep. McNerney lives in Pleasanton, so even if our gerrymandered district is re-drawn, and we’re lucky enough to, at least, have a whole Pleasanton, if not the Tri-Valley as our CD, he has a vested interest in our continued well-being geographically. I don’t know about you, but I certainly didn’t feel represented by Mr. Pombo who made it very clear that his interest and representation was east of the Altamont.
As far as how Rep. McNerney’s campaign was funded, a comparison of individuals, committees, PACs and lobbyists between his campaign and Mr. Harmer’s current funding shows an abundance of funding from those individuals who actually lived and worked in our district, as well as from businesses that have a presence here like Roche/Genentech and Oracle in Pleasanton, Calpine in Dublin, and AT&T and Chevron in San Ramon. He also received money from groups interested in improving our environment, like the Sierra Club, solar and wind energy, and the Humane Society, as well as organizations that promote local products like the farms, wine and almonds.
So, I’m saying that with Rep. McNerney we absolutely had/have local representation at a national level from someone who not only lives in our District, but whose campaign was funded by those with a vested interest in CD11’s well-being.
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Thanks for the website references, but I prefer to get campaign financial information directly from the official Federal Election Commission website, rather than filtered through a "non-partisan" privately-owned site. Case in point, the FEC site has more information, especially on Mr. Harmer, than I found on either of the websites you provided.