Harmer concedes; congratulates McNerney on re-election to 3rd term as 11th District's congressman

San Ramon Republican tells reporter he 'has no plans to run for public office gain'

David Harmer, a San Ramon attorney and Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th District, conceded defeat Friday in a brief telephone call to Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton).

Harmer called McNerney at his office in Washington shortly before noon to congratulate the congressman. Harmer made no statement to the media but his office sent out an email posting an article this morning by Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the Contra Costa Times who reported that Harmer "has no plans to run for public office again."

Harmer did not dispute the report. There's been no mention of the campaign's end or Harmer's concession on his Website.

McNerney declared victory Nov. 11 after analyzing the trend lines of the close vote on Nov. 2. Thousands of provisional and absentee ballots carried into polling places on Election Day remained uncounted even then, but McNerney, who holds a PhD in mathematics, said his analysis showed that his lead at the time of less than 1% was "insurmountable."

That proved to be the case, with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reporting last Tuesday that all votes had been counted. In the end, McNerney received 115,361 votes, or 48% of the total number of votes cast, against Harmer's 112,703 votes, or 46.9%. American Independent Party candidate David Christensen received 12,439 votes, or 5.1%.

Bowen said her office will officially certify the outcome next Monday.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) had named Harmer a "Young Gun"—the top status in their candidate rating system. And, for Republicans, he came with good credentials. His father, John Harmer, served as Lieutenant Governor under Ronald Reagan. Early in his career, David Harmer took his expertise in constitutional law to the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he defended property rights and other freedoms. He was also a Resident Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and his book on education reform was published by the Cato Institute.

"It's hard not to feel as though you have let people down," Harmer told Vorderbrueggen before he conceded. "But disappointment is different from regret. You never regret playing the game just because you lost."

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Posted by Chet
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

The right man won for all the right reasons. We are so proud to have Jerry McNerney as our rep in Washington D.C.

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Posted by Michael
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Congratulations to the voters of the 11th District who prevailed against Republican efforts to reverse American progress into the 21st century!

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Posted by Ethyl Herman
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Harmon ran a good fight against government programs while he himself collected unemployment benefits over the past year and a half. Perhaps now he can go back to helping banks go after credit card debtors like he did before becoming jobless. Or there's probably always an opening for him with corporations seeking to bust unions.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I thank Mr. Harmer for not taking it to court, and for showing that he's not such a sore loser after all.

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Posted by Sal
a resident of Beratlis Place
on Dec 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Harmer was his own worst enemy because he was arrogant and lacking in knowledge of local issues and no sense of how he appears to others.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 5, 2010 at 6:11 am

While I am glad McNerney won (my vote went to him just to keep extreme Harmer away from Washington), I am disappointed in our choice of candidates.

If McNerney or his true followers think he won because he is doing a good job, they are wrong. He won because the GOP failed to put a good candidate, Harmer was too extreme and also hypocritical (attaked the bailout but happily accepted a taxpayer financed severance pay and bonus, courtesy of tarp)

I hope we get a good candidate at some point. I hope the GOP realizes that people like Harmer will only rally the base but not the rest of the vote needed to win an election.

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Posted by Elegant Ed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:29 am

I am truly amazed at the percentage of the population of the Tri-Valley that is left wing loon. It didn't use to be that way and it was a much nicer place before we were invaded by loons.

It's a sad day that it is now confirmed that we have another two year's of Pelosi's lap dog, brought to you by the lavish funding of billionaire socialist Gordon Getty and perhaps by billionaire socialist George Soros. The loons make accusations that the Republicans are controlled by millionaires, but neglect to mention how they are bought and paid for by the likes of billionaires Soros, Getty, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

Thanks, Ed, for speaking up for the under-represented sane members of District 11 and pointing to out to our elitist neighbors who bought and paid for their candidates.
Aside from that ongoing travesty of democracy, Resident raised a valid point---a candidate even slightly more qualified than Harmer would have easily beaten 'chet' McNerney.
No one should feel like they have a mandate in a race this close. McNerney knows he's on borrowed time, especially with redistricting coming....

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

Well, Ed, if you consider Jerry McNerney to be "left wing loon", then you yourself must be pretty far to the right. McNerney is pretty much down the middle of the road (witness his vote with the GOP on the Bush tax cuts). He isn't far enough left for loons like myself. I agree with you that the GOP might have put forth a better candidate than Harmer, and if you consider the real far right who voted for the AIP candidate, then you've got a conservative plurality in the district. But your attempt to paint McNerney as anything but a centrist demeans the debate.

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Posted by Joseph
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:38 am

John, you shouldn't attempt to confuse the likes of elegant ed and steve with the facts. In their parallel universe, calling people names like loons and insane is easier to deal with than facts and arguments. Some arguments are better than others; and facts really do matter. If advancing such claims makes me an elitist, then okay, I'll bear that label. Wish as they may for redistricting to turn us into a nonthinking district, it will not happen. We live in a progressive state. Unlike, say, in Alabama, California's bookstores outnumber whittlin' sticks.

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Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Dec 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm

"McNerney knows he's on borrowed time, especially with redistricting coming...."

I would say that redistricting will only help Rep McNerney. One of the goals of redistricting is to respect city boundaries and/or communities of interest and align CD boundaries accordingly. I would say that Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, the towns that make up the Tri-Valley, have a similar community of interest. All three are in Alameda County. According to the SOS, Alameda County voted in favor of Rep McNerney by a margin of 15.6% (21,192 to 15,351).

In fact, the *only* County out of the four in the current gerry-mandered configuration of CD11 that voted in favor of Mr. Harmer was San Joaquin, and that was only by a margin of 3.7% (60,717 to 56,224). Richard Pombo country. Not a surprise.

I'm guessing that San Joaquin will be in another CD with re-districting. Perhaps in his next run for Congress, as he continues his career as a politician in search of a place to serve, we'll see Mr. Harmer moving his family from San Ramon to Tracy . . .

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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Not so elegent, Ed....loons really? Have you heard some of your party's candidates- Palin, O'Donnel,Angle, Harmer? What have they done for your party? I say, keep them coming, they definitely make even the weakest of Democratic candidates look sane.

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Posted by Elegant Ed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2010 at 9:43 am

I love how the loons have returned to calling themselves "Progressives". I guess the word Liberal (as in Liberalism is a mental disorder) was becoming too much of a burden for the loons, so they reverted to Progressive. Of course, Progressive used to be a label that got you thrown out of office in the early 1900s, so its time will come when people realize that Progressives are simply Loons in stealth mode.

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