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11th District showdown

Race between incumbent Jerry McNerney and Republican David Harmer may go down to the wire

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Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 7:23 am, Thu Oct 14, 2010.

The 11th Congressional District race between Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton and Republican challenger David Harmer, of San Ramon, promises to go down to the wire, if you believe political observers and both candidates.

Republican strategists nationwide look at the 11th as one where Harmer has a good chance for victory. It's one of the few California districts where the incumbent is considered vulnerable.

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  • roy bitz posted at 9:46 pm on Mon, Oct 11, 2010.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Craig---We live in a " Great Nation" right now---present tense!
    Ida---I strongly believe Harmer is the best choice, however, you are the decider in the voting booth. I hope you will evaluate both candidates---maybe attend the debate in Tracy next week---then decide and then vote.
    You too Craig.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:36 pm on Mon, Oct 11, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ida...And what's your point?! ,
    My point is that you were not going to vote for Harmer in the first place. Maybe I am wrong. Please tell me, what were the specific things you appreciate about Harmer that would have motivated you to vote for him until you discovered that Andal was endorsing him? Also, since you are now voting for McNerney, what does he stand for that you appreciate?

  • Craig Cawelti posted at 9:28 pm on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    Craig Cawelti Posts: 36

    Some times I lament the fact that all citizens (and a bunch of non citizens, felons and the like) have the ability to cast a ballot in this once great nation.

  • roy bitz posted at 9:14 pm on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I recently had he pleasure of seeing Harmer field questions on key issues from a group of Lodi area voters. Mr. Harmer responded directly to each question and gave examples to illustrate his position on each. I know Mr. Harmer to be a good listener, a good thinker, and very good on his feet!
    Unlike McNerney, he stays on topic---he looks the audience in the eye and speaks.
    I believe Harmer is "the real deal" and I will be in Tracy to watch the the debate between Harmer and McNerney.
    You should be there too if you really want to see what you are buying.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:09 pm on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ida Belion posted ...Oh issues and principals DO MATTER...

    I apologize for misspeaking. I meant to say issues and principles of substance and public Concerns do not matter to you.
    Anyone who would vote for any candidate based on who did endorse him, but not for what he represented , is not serious. Harmer is opposite McNerney in many ways. Their character, positions they support or oppose, are polar opposites, To say you were going to vote for Harmer but suddenly change to the opposite candidate because of something as insignificant as who endorsed him is silly. That would be like agreeing to marry your man and you are at the alter, and you suddenly decide to change partners and marry your old flame because your man wore the wrong color suit.

  • Mary Henschel posted at 4:48 pm on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    Mary Henschel Posts: 46

    Andal? He's a non-entity. Trough-feeder? Compared to Nancy's boy McNerney, who hasn't met a big government program he didn't want to vote for, Andal's small potatoes.

    I'm getting rid of the known entity, who has a voting record I can look at. If Harmer turns out to be the same, I'll get rid of him then, too. That's why congressional elections are held every two years.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 1:17 pm on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I'm not an independent, but registered as a nonpartisan voter. I'm flooded this year with junk mail from both parties as I chose this designation when I registered to vote. I don't lean right because I don't believe in extending, or even giving, tax breaks to the wealthy or large corporations, believe in true immigration reform, not this phony exploitation and dirt cheap wage the mostly Mexican immigrants have forced upon them by both parties and not making any honest effort to correct that constantly spinning and making excuses. I don't lean left for the fact that they've let the union's run wild and spiral out of control into entities of greet and power. Being a retired union member myself, in the building construction trades, we didn't play the silly games that the unions today participate in and see our union dues go to support political candidates, causes and even NASCAR racing teams. I also don't buy the fact that the left has many war mongers and and corporate interests than they care to speak about themselves. I only throw those names from the left out to basically counter those logs from the right to show them that the grass is no greener on either side. For every bad quality found in the candidate on the right, there are just as many for the one on the left.

  • Mary Henschel posted at 1:01 pm on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    Mary Henschel Posts: 46


    Maybe McNerney's *intentions* are all his business is right now. If Cap and Trade (aka Cap and Tax) passes, then he may just have the incentives to start a turbine company. And, gee, how fortunate - he'd get to vote for that, too! Wow. I wish I could vote myself some money. I'm just a little peon, though. I can't do that.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:52 am on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ida, I have a good source that indicates that Andal is actually going to vote for McNerney, the endorsement was just to hide his liberal side. Since issues and principals have nothing to do with how you vote, you better hurry and change your vote back to Harmer. You wouldn't want your friends to know you voted for the guy Andal voted for, right?

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:00 am on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Doug, from the blogs you write, I would not guess you are independent. You illustrated a lefty you would vote for in McNerney... but if you are independent, can you tell me of legislation you would vote for that is right leaning? Which right wing judge and left wing judge on the supreme court to do like and why. If you answered those questions it who help to understand your thinking as to what you mean by independent.
    To me, you normally take the left position. I hope you are not like McNerney in his ability to misrepresent.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:53 am on Sun, Oct 10, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr. Harmer has never pretended to own a company. Do you approve of Mr. McNerney claiming even up till today to be a CEO. O in CEO stand for officer of the corporation. Since the state of California has no record that he has been CEO of anything that would go to his character and a predictor of future behavior…that of misleading the public.
    As far the bill you approved of that he voted for, for vets, I think that’s a good thing as well... However, McNerney has voted lock step with Pelosi for 1,000’s of bills that I do not consider good, including the health care bill. In addition, the left is as a whole, is anti vet and anti military. I have a relative in the war now and do not like the rules of engagement that put troops in danger. We cannot shoot unless fired upon even if it’s appropriate for the circumstance. Jerry, are you saying you think the left policies are better for the safety of the troops? If you care for vets and want less of them to be subject to McNerney’s dangerous military policies, why would you vote for McNerney… just because he placed one vote that provided funding for one bill that was good for vets?
    Harmer is also a constitutional attorney who would have more smarts in legislation than a math major like McNerney who thinks he is a CEO of a non-existent turbine company…

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:32 pm on Sat, Oct 9, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Wow, the right is on the attack tonight. Tell us something good about Mr. Harmer rather than attack the left. It's no wonder no other bloggers respond the the one dimensional far right Lodi obstructionists. Being a registered non-partisan voter I smell stink on both sides of the fence. My optional choice would be congressman Jerry McNerney, whose much needed legislation for the veterans of United States wars. He was the key player in legislating the funding for the veterans' hospital in Livermore, physically and mentally handicapped soldiers continuing medical care and rehabilitation and the newly established program for the mental health care of these men and women who served our country and are now disabled both mentally and physically forever. And keeps the funding each year for the homeless veterans standdowns in cities through this district. Being one who transports those veterans the last 2 years to the standdown in Stockton each September and getting to meet and talk with him personally for 15 minutes last year, I find Mr. McNerney passionate about this country and the veterans, especially the homeless and many in wheelchairs, that find compassionate people such as him to get them what little help your own government begrudgingly grants them. Don't judge the book by the cover. After King Pombo's reign and amassing the reputation as one of the top ten corrupt politicians, I wouldn't think there's much room for judgement from the far right fringe about any politician, left, right or independant. Ms. Parigoris, are you from a wealthy family that so desperately needs additional tax cuts in order to sip Dom Perignon instead of Boone's Farm? Extending tax cuts for the wealthy should be a crime punishable by 10 years in poverty and the forfeiture of all assets. LOL

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:10 pm on Sat, Oct 9, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mary... went through 10 data base searches, including the California Secretary of State web site. I looked for any corporation or limited partnership LLC that was licensed in California . I cross checked " McNerney", with officer of corporation.. zero results. If he was a CEO, California is unaware of it. Maybe he went by another name.The only thing I found is: McNerney in1994 began working as an energy consultant for PG&E, FloWind, The Electric Power Research Institute, and other utility companies. McNerney is now the CEO of a start-up company that "INTENDS" to manufacture wind turbines... Intends is primary word.

  • Mary Henschel posted at 12:18 pm on Sat, Oct 9, 2010.

    Mary Henschel Posts: 46

    All a person has to do is dig a little (and he'd prefer you didn't do that), and you'd see that there's a lot to McNerney that wouldn't sit well with anyone who wasn't left-leaning.

    I even know some lefties who are fairly honest types, and they would have problems with McNerney's claims that he's a businessman despite the fact that he has no visible business (no license, no dba, no fictitious business statement, nothing like that). People in general don't like being lied to. McNerney's like a gift-wrapped box with nothing inside.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:51 am on Sat, Oct 9, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    This is a joke, right- McNerney a moderate? Is Pelosi a moderate, because he has voted with her 95% of the time....
    Kim, I strongly disagree with you. McNerney is the definition of a moderate democrat. He voted against Pelosi 5% of the time. If he had voted differently than Pelosi more than that, the left would consider him a radical right wing fanatic... It all depends on whose prism you are looking through.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:15 am on Sat, Oct 9, 2010.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    This is a joke, right- McNerney a moderate? Is Pelosi a moderate, because he has voted with her 95% of the time. I see his literature has Independent on this front, and I do not see his voting record anywhere in the pamphlet. Why? Because this Congress should be ashamed of itself and what they have tried to do to this country. A disastrous Healthcare Bill; a financial reform bill that does not include 2 of the biggest culprits that contributed to our housing and financial meltdown- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; a failed stimulus bill (it was supposed to go immediately to shovel-ready projects and only a little more than 3% has gone to that) and remember that 8% unemployment rate that we were supposed to see, by passing this bill? I have heard people defend McNereny because he supports our Vets- what Congressman wouldn't? But when they attach all kinds of garbage legislation to it that has NOTHING to do with veterans- they attack the other side of the aisle for not supporting it and for being anti- veteran. Then the kicker was having these rats flee Washington with a huge tax issue facing the American people- whether or not to extend the Bush tax cuts. 39 of the Democrats voted to stay and deal with it, but was shy one vote to win the Republicans wishes, to stay in Washington and deal with it (in other words DO THEIR JOBS)- Was McNerney one of them? This again shows the arrogance and audacity of this Congress- to abandon their jobs while some of the biggest decisions facing our economy are before them. The uncertainty of this government and their decisions is partly to blame of the fear and paralysis facing American taxpayers and businesses. I think anyone that votes for Jerry McNereny should have their head examined.



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