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 Bill
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

It's so nice to know that David Harmer was one of the Republican, "Young Guns". Mr. Harmer was the fellow that if you wanted to call yourself a Republican you were supposed to vote for if you were loyal to the party. When Mike Doyle expressed his support for our fine Congressman Jerry McNerney he was blasted by some in our town for being a turncoat. What he did was to vote for the best candidate regardless of political affiliation and this is how it is supposed to work. Congratulations to Jerry McNerney for pulling out a squeaker and showing that in this case the majority still rules even if by a very narrow margin.

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

Yes, congratulations Jerry McNerney. Now stop spending so much gol darn money on things like tax credits for cars that run on moonbeams and other nonsense. No more freebie healthcare tax credits to the middle class. No more tax breaks for people like Bill Gates. Learn to spend only what we have!

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Posted by Ann travers
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:34 am

No congrats to mcnerney. Maybe NOW he will admit he STOOD and applauded the MEXICAN prez after he blasted the USA! At least he is warm remaining up Pelosi/Reid/obama's rectums.

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Posted by Dave Gotland
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hear hear Mary! We are watching this progressive socialist like hawks. Degrees aside-- he isn't a very bright man (mcnerney). Watch him on the dream act----legalizing ILLEGALS---

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

It is a political truth that the American electroate always get the politician they deserve. It is also a political truth that they always end up regretting it! The Democratically jerrymandered 11th Congressional District worked just the way it was supposed to - it relected a committed Democrat not a true representative of the Distict.

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Posted by Mary travers
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

Gee whiz cardinal---his standing for the Mexican prez after he trashed this country was caught on videotape! And I was personally at his community mtg at the Danville library when he said he "forgot" if he had stood but 8 days earlier!

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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

Anne (travers)
Regardless of your opinions either way, your comment was disgusting and unbecoming. Shame on you!
If you wish to filet someone, please don't resort to such trash talk.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Perhaps I may now offer Mr. Harmer some fine Irish cheddar with his whine? I didn't think David was ever going to let go. Too bad Al Gore didn't have his zeal.....

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Posted by Mary travers
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The Mexican prez was trashing our country on the floor of our Congabetter
better he focus on his own cesspool. Haven't heard of many nortenos sneaking down to Mexico lately---and---last I checked COLLINS---we still have freedom of expression--the thought PC police haven't won yet....oh yes--maybe in the public schools which are sooo good Obama couldn't wait to put his in private! LOL!!!

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Danville
on Dec 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

Hey Patriotic Grandma, Tea Partiers and Republicans you got what you wanted. Another $700B of deficit, all on the backs of the unemployed and working class. Now the only way to reduce the deficit will be to really take hurt 95% of Americans. Say goodbye to Social Security and Medicare. Build that extra room so you can take care of your elderly parents, Make sure you dust off those old school books so you can home school your kids as opposed to sending them to a crumbling school with 60 kids in a class that charges extra for everything.

Aren't you glad you voted the way you did. I look forward to the next 2 years. More money for the wealthy, less services and support for everything else. The right to treat gays, Muslims and Latino's as second class citizens. And if we work really hard maybe we can break the 100 million barrier of people in this country being uninsured. That's right America will be number 1 in uninsured people. We're number 1!!!

And we have nothing to worry about because in 2012 Halliburton, Chevron and the likes will spend billions reminding us all that this is what makes America great.

America will be shining beacon to the world, right alongside those other great countries of Haiti, Congo, and North Korea. Thanks to the Republicans and Tea Partiers, we may go broke, we may become less educated, we may start class and racial warfare but at least we will have a nice fence on our Southern Border.

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