Harmer talks to Concord Chamber

On November 3, Harmer will face California’s current Lieutenant Governor, John Garamendi, who won the Democratic nomination.

Print Friendly
Share with your friends and colleagues
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

In an speech before an audience of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce on September 22, Republican Congressional candidate, David Harmer, called for a “hard freeze” on federal-government spending. Harmer said that 46 cents of every dollar spent by the United States is borrowed. Harmer said that such borrowing will present a hardship for future generations of Americans.

On September 1, Harmer won the Republican primary for a vacant Congressional seat in California’s Tenth Congressional District. On November 3, Harmer will face California’s current Lieutenant Governor, John Garamendi, who won the Democratic nomination. The Tenth Congressional District was represented by Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher from January 1997 until June 2009, when she resigned to take a job with the State Department in Washington, D.C.

Harmer, the son of former Lieutenant Governor, John Harmer, is a self-described “Reagan Republican.” He says that the core of his support in his campaign for Congress comes from small-business owners. Harmer said that he does not have any labor-union support or sponsorship from government contractors.

In his presentation to the Chamber, Harmer said that he opposes Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) and the Davis-Bacon Act. Both PLA’s and the Davis-Bacon Act require that workers on government construction projects be paid “prevailing” wages. Prevailing wages are generally synonymous with union-rate wages, which are frequently higher that market-based wages.

Harmer, a lawyer, said that in the field of education, he supports parental choice in the selection of schools. An opponent of climate-change legislation, Harmer said: “Global warming is more a religion than a science.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZHLf9A2Sis

Harmer stands for a sound dollar and a cut in business taxes. On the issue of immigration, Harmer said he supports securing the United States-Mexican border to prevent illegal aliens from entering the United States. He said that economic development in Latin America would help stem the tide of Latinos entering America illegally.

He also criticized the level of spending by the California state government. According to Harmer, California would now have a $16 billion budget surplus if state spending, since 1990, had kept pace with the growth of population and inflation.

Before his current campaign for Congress, Harmer worked for the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. He also was counsel to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Hatch is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Richard Colman, a Concord Chamber member, is founder and president of Biomed Inc. located in Concord, California. He lives in Orinda.

Print Friendly
Share with your friends and colleagues
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

11 thoughts on “Harmer talks to Concord Chamber”

  1. Vote to increase the debt. Any alternative is suicidal. Leave the rest for later. You are going to be starving senior citizens if you pull the plug on SS and MC now. Gentleman, be reasonable. You are blackmailing the government for your own ends. This doesn’t even hold a candle to what the country will do to you for dissing Americans and doing exactly what you please. Sure, you can go after spending cuts later, but don’t bring the economy to its knees in one swope. I guarantee you, it will bite you later on. ld

  2. It is telling that the Harmer campaign posts a minute clip of absolutely nothing from the candidate. Couldn’t even get one more shot of Harmer railing against government “bailouts” as every economist in the country credits the recovery measures as averting disaster?

    Honestly, to think Mr. Harmer is even close to viable you would be totally delusional.

    They obviously realize their candidate is completely out of touch with voters in this district, and will make a strange attempt at something resembling campaigning long enough to rake in a couple 100 K.

    Next time you release a campaign video, at least have your candidate give a stump speech. Something stock that any decent politician should be able to pull out of their back pocket. Where are you CD 10 republicans? Where is the outrage over president Obama’s health plan? Where is the teaparty express for David Harmer?

    Even Republicans can spot a loser. Let’s hope CD 10 donors don’t get fooled.

  3. In a low turn out election the retired vote looking at the government option gutting Medicare being supported by Garamendi may be his undoing. We need to send a message to Washington no more spending, no more borrowing, no more too big to fail, no more trillions of debt, issuing massive amounts of dollars. Fix the economy and restore jobs. No to cap and trade.

  4. I am not a defender of Harmer by any means, just bringing out the bare facts.
    The political legacy of parents/relatives/second cousins by wild office parties or the like is just plain funny. So his Dad was Lt. Gov. for about 92 days…

    The more important linkage is the political experience of the individuals and what that means as it relates to an ability in office and an ability to function in the political network to the interest of the people of the District. The Republican vs Democrat issues etc.

  5. What years was Harmers father Lt Governor in California?

    There has not been a Republican Lt Gov since Mike Curb in 1980.

  6. A few other issues that were left out in Richard’s summary:
    1. Harmer is Pro-Life
    2. Harmer is for Vouchers for schools and co sponsored the proposition on that matter that was defeated in California.
    3. Harmer’s approach on illegal aliens when asked about what to do with the millions already here, he had nothing directly to say, other than they already have a path to citizenship (no further explanation).
    4. When asked what about the children born here whose parents were illegal. He said the question is having American parents being required to have American citizenship at birth.
    5. When discussing how to deal with illegal aliens his approach was also that our foreign policy should have Latin American countries have Property Rights and an independent judiciary because they do not have it now.
    6. He said he was in favor of decriminalizing Marijuana and gateway drugs but not the trafficing in them on a system similar to Portugal.
    7. He was in favor of Sunseting all Government Programs (all programs must have an end date forcing a complete review or they go away). Where Social Security/Medicare fit in was not discussed.
    8. He did not finalize a view of the Afghanastan War or the appropriation for the Iraq-Afghanastan War.
    9. In the event of an attack on Iran by Israel he would support Israel.
    10. He supports a hard freeze on all government expenditures.
    11. Opposes the current Health Care proposals.
    12. Supports removing mandated coverages from health care and allowing cross state competition
    13. Supports free trade/globalization

  7. I agree with Harmer on global warming being religon. But that is about it. He is way too conservative for a district that has been electing Democrats by WIDE MARGINS for over 10 years. As for being the son of former Lieutenant Governor, John Harmer that is good but he was Lt. Governor in Utah. That means in California he might as well be from Mars. Could any Utah pol get elected in the Bay Area. I don’t think so. Harmer is interesting and is making a lot of effort in a congressional district that has not had a good candidate for almot 10 years. In the end he is going to lose hard. All the hoopla is not going to overcome a 19 percent registration deficet.

Comments are closed.