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David Harmer and The National GOP's Screwed Up Priorities
RedState.org ^ | Oct 16, 2009 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 10/22/2009 5:26:41 PM PDT by JSDude1

There could be a serious upset in a congressional special election this year and it is going under the radar. John Fund took notice of it yesterday.

David Harmer is the Republican running in a special election to fill Ellen Tauscher’s seat in Congress. The Democrat, Lt. Governor John Garamendi, is favored to win, but is only polling 41% to Harmer’s 34%.

Interestingly, poling in the area shows the favorability of the GOP is skyrocketing in that district. Nonetheless, the GOP would rather support a pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, pro-union, ACORN supported Dede Scozzafava in New York’s 23rd Congressional District than spend any time or money on David Harmer’s race.

Having dug into the race, I can’t really add to what John Fund reported. The district is a Democrat leaning district, but the negativity toward the Democrats in the district is overwhelming.

David Harmer is a good candidate, but he needs money to get across the finish line. With the NRCC anticipating a black eye in New York’s 23rd, they won’t fully engage this race because they are fearful of two black eyes. Don’t get me wrong — the NRCC has done some work helping the candidate get up to steam, but right now the focus and money is going to Dede.

Polling, however, suggests this might really be the upset John Fund thinks it is. If you are a California Republican or anyone else who wants to take credit away from the GOP establishment by helping get a good guy elected without their help, you might want to consider sending David Harmer a few bucks or go lend a hand.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: ca10; ca2009; harmer; pickup; republicans; runoff; specialelection
I KNOW EVERYONE IS FOCUSING ON NY-23 RIGHT NOW (and they should be), but I found out about this "little known" race which, if we help the Candidate David Harmer (yes there was a "Primary" in this Congressional District), if we all give a little bit David might win!! I KNOW THE NRCC doesn't deserve MUCH credit these days, however we can put a "Serious black eye" on Obama if we win this one (for the "Gipper")

http://www.harmerforcongress.com/about.htm

1 posted on 10/22/2009 5:26:41 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: JSDude1

Although the National GOP has been doing little things for years, it was clearly evident of collusion between the Nat’l GOP and Nat’l DEM parties than last years Primaries.

Screwed the voters royally and have no plans of fixing it. Openness and cross-party voting (pollination) gave us an unelectable candidate on the Pubbie side.

It will not quite anytime soon unless the ‘nuclear option’ is exercised by the voters ... Term Limits at the ballot box. In other words all incumbents OUT!

The we might start taking back our government, our country and the citizens rightful place as BOSS, not subservient to politicians.


2 posted on 10/22/2009 5:32:39 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: JSDude1

My new district...I need to register and send him some money.


3 posted on 10/22/2009 5:33:09 PM PDT by wac3rd (Felipe Calderon supports the public option.)
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To: K-oneTexas
A couple of things to consider seriously ~ this ol'gal, Dede Scozzafava, looks a lot like that former mayor of Portland Oregon who had all the AlQaida boyfriends, AND, worst of all, she sounds like she shares in Anita' Dunn's love of Mao Tse Tung.

Just where does New York find these people ~ I've been there ~ there are millions and millions of people around ~ certainly there's someone around who is decent, intelligent, and able to get beyond slogans. Why don't we search for such candidates.

4 posted on 10/22/2009 5:38:17 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: JSDude1

Not one dime to the RNC.

Not one slim dime.


5 posted on 10/22/2009 5:44:08 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: JSDude1
Michael Steele & Newt Gingrich are no friends of Conservatives!

Jump right past RINO to Liberal Republicans!

6 posted on 10/22/2009 5:48:20 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: muawiyah

New Yorkers need to ‘speak up’ at the polls.

The rest of us can only talk about it.

Wish other New Yorkers would add their 2 cents worth here with examples. Maybe the word could get around.


7 posted on 10/22/2009 5:50:22 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: JSDude1
Good news!!! Maybe Fund read my post from Tuesday about Harmer on one of the Scozzafava threads.

I've been posting about this race for a few months now. It's about time somebody paid a little attention to this.

The CA-10 used to be one of the more conservative Bay Area districts in the 1980's and 1990's. Tauscher won by using a stooge to heckle the former congressman Bill Baker. The heckler goaded Baker into jumping off a stage at an appearance in Danville, and then Tauscher used that to claim that Baker was unstable and not fit to be a congressman.

This district started shifting left after Tauscher won. The 2000 reapportionment moved the CA-10 north and east towards Davis, while leaving the southern residential communities and business parks to the CA-11, and Richard Pombo. In 2006, Pombo was ousted and replaced by Jerry McNerney.

One thing that Harmer likes to say on the radio is that Garamendi doesn't live in the district he's running for, so he can't even vote for himself in this election.

-PJ

8 posted on 10/22/2009 6:05:36 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Comprehensive congressional reform legislation only yields incomprehensible bills that nobody reads.)
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To: K-oneTexas
This thread is about the Congressional race in CA.

9 posted on 10/22/2009 7:28:52 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (90% of the fedgov is unconstitutional. The other 10% besides the military doesnt know what it's doin)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Well then let the Californians speak.


10 posted on 10/22/2009 7:35:59 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The article says “New York’s 23rd Congressional District”


11 posted on 10/22/2009 7:36:57 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: JSDude1

Can’t do it. I donated to HOffman. Who Governor Palin just endorsed.


12 posted on 10/22/2009 8:30:18 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; rabscuttle385; darkangel82; chicagolady; PhilCollins; ..

$how Harmer $ome love (Reagan’s last Lt Governor’s son).
http://harmerforcongress.com/


13 posted on 10/23/2009 2:05:49 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: K-oneTexas

Let anyone speak.


14 posted on 10/24/2009 2:50:53 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; JSDude1; campaignPete R-CT

Pete Sessions should give him some love instead wasting his efforts on Scuzzobama.

This seat is not unwinnable.


15 posted on 10/24/2009 2:52:54 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Freddd; JSDude1; K-oneTexas; TexasCajun; Political Junkie Too; samtheman; wac3rd; fieldmarshaldj; ..
I just became aware of this race today. I sent Farmer $9.12 (my standard minimal donation in honor of the 9-12-2009 march on DC). Being unemployed, I can’t afford much, but I wanted to help.

Please JSDude1 (and anyone else on this thread), keep us up to date on this race.


From the desk of
cc2k:
Candidates I support: Doug Hoffman for Congress, NY 23rd (PayPal), David Harmer for Congress, CA 10th.

Please, spread the word about these important special elections on November 3, 209: New York’s 23rd congressional district and California’s 10th congressional district.

16 posted on 10/24/2009 3:18:42 PM PDT by cc2k (I have donated to Doug Hoffman, have you? [check my recent reply posts])
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To: K-oneTexas

Sorry. My congressman is Steve King and there is no way in you-know-where I’m voting for the RAT who will run against him. I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid.


17 posted on 10/24/2009 3:21:38 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma (Al Franken--the face of the third-party voters)
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To: K-oneTexas

“...all incumbents OUT!...”
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NO WAY.
I want to keep my guy right where he is.
http://linder.house.gov/


18 posted on 10/24/2009 5:16:27 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

I understand, but that attitude is exactly the attitude that ensures “CHANGE” will NOT occur.

Term Limits are needed in this country on local, state and
national levels.

Our Forefathers never imagined that the job would become a life-time position. The idea is to come from the People, serve the People and return to the People in a relatively short period of time. A short period is not decades.

Not all politicians are bad (bad for the country) or greedy self-promoting b*stards ... just 97% or so of them.


19 posted on 10/25/2009 9:24:32 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: JSDude1

>> but I found out about this “little known” race

This is the kind of grassroots activism the Country needs, but it’s ultimately up to the folks in that district to reach out to one another.


20 posted on 10/25/2009 9:31:24 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: K-oneTexas

I understand the frustration that a conservative voter must have
if they reside in a district where they are outnumbered by liberal voters;
but I do not see how having the more conservative districts toss out
their existing conservative representatives is a solution to that problem.


21 posted on 10/25/2009 10:07:38 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

My vote was not a lifetime appointment. After 8 years the incumbent (if s/he has been in that long) does not get my vote again. I don’t care how well s/he maybe doing.

Your thinking is the thinking of the vast majority of the population. The others guys not mine. Lick other situations ... Not in my back yard type of thinking.

Change can never go though when sufficient numbers remain entrenched in the thinking that mine is okay and yours is bad.

Couple that with voters bad memories and politicians have become a career field and not a field of service to the citizens and the nation.


22 posted on 10/25/2009 1:19:52 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: K-oneTexas

If the majority of voters in District 1
want to vote for more government goodies
or more government promises
or they are swayed by a smooth-talking rascal;
term limits would have them toss the guy out and find someone else;
but term limits will not change the type of candidate they will support.

If the majority of voters in District 2 have conservative values
and they have found someone who consistently reflects those values;
term limits would have them toss the guy out and find someone else;
but term limits will not change the type of candidate they will support.

In the end, the folks in District 1
will find a guy who is just like their other guy;
and the folks in District 2 will do the same thing.
Term limits will not change what the voters want
or the type of person a voter will support.

Mandatory term limits would diminish their performance.
Net result: representation by inexperienced people.
Perhaps by people who may as well grab all the goodies they can
while they are there because they know they won’t be coming back again.

The type of representation will not change in a district
until the majority of voters in that district change their mind
as to what kind of person they want to represent them.

The founding fathers provided for term limits for Representative,
President, and Senator. They are 2, 4, and 6 years, respectively.
What is different now that would have made them change their minds?


23 posted on 10/25/2009 2:08:54 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

The founding fathers provided for ‘terms of office’ .... not term limits. That is a stretch of reality.

Term limits are provided by the voters.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” - is true today with our elected representatives at all levels. They come to a conclusion that they and only they know what is right. That they and only they can provide for the people. That the people owe them.

To end corruption (and it never will be gone totally and absolutely) is to not let one individual become imbued with the idea that they are your only hope in Washington or any where else.

Them Limits are constitution regardless of the USSC decision to the contrary. To effect it in this life and in the United State of America the voters must show their resolve as to is proper place and do so at the voting booth. The Ballot Box is the only place left to enforce it.

Hopefully it will not com to Bullets to enforce the will of the people ... rather than the will of Politicians which reins today.


24 posted on 10/25/2009 2:26:33 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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