CD10: Bits and pieces from the campaign trail

Here are some tidbits that came across my desk in 10th Congressional District special election campaign in the past week.




He hasn’t won but he’s holding a congressional town hall?

Congressional candidate and State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier announced that he will host a town hall meeting on health care Monday, what with former Rep. Ellen Tauscher now occupying a job in the State Department. I guess DeSaulnier figures constituents want a place to kvetch about the health care bill and he is apparently willing and able to take the abuse.

If you are so inclined to attend, it will held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Concord Veterans Memorial Building, 2290 Willow Pass Road in Concord.

Sheesh. We can’t even get our actual elected members of Congress to hold town hall meetings.

But I wonder if protestors will bother to show up? Just saying …




The campaign of Republican candidate David Harmer, an attorney from Dougherty Valley, wins the award for the most creative spin on a poll.

He put out an email blast that said that recent polls show him in a “tight race for first place with Democratic Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, with all other candidates far behind.”


Yes, the SurveyUSA poll put him at 18 percent of the vote, second only to Garamendi. But it is meaningless. Harmer has only has to beat the other Republicans on the ticket to win the GOP’s nomination on Sept. 1, a feat he is clearly going to accomplish.

In the Nov. 3 runoff, Harmer will face only one Democrat on the ticket in a district where Democrats have an 18 percentage point registration advantange. Cumulatively, the Democrats included in the recent SurveyUSA poll received nearly 60 percent of the vote.


For Livermore residents of the 10th District who did not make the trek to the candidate forum at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga on Tuesday night, a video of the event will air on Comcast Channel 26 in the Tri Valley on Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Aug. 30 at  7 p.m. and 9 p.m.




Democratic Iraq War veteran Anthony Woods blasted the three challengers — Garamendi, DeSaulnier and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan — who have continued to raise and spend money in their state campaign accounts. (I wrote a story about their financial affairs on Aug. 6. Click here to read.)

“Campaigning for state office while running for Congress violates the spirit of federal election law,” Woods said in a release. “It also reminds us that if Sacramento politicians would spend as much energy doing their current job as they do campaigning for their next job, maybe California would not be on the brink of bankruptcy.”

While Woods’ criticism is well-placed, his statement drew little reaction from his challengers.

At least two, if not all three, will have to run for re-election to their state offices if they lose their Congressional bids and want to remain in public office.  To shut down and reactivate those accounts for the short and unexpected special election cycle for the open Congressional seat is a lot of paperwork.


Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Allen Payton

    Just thought of this. Anyone check to see if Tony Woods is related to Tiger? That would be interesting if true.

  • EastBayPoliticker

    In regards to the candidates for the CD10 special election using state campaign dollars for the federal Congressional election –

    These are the types of stories that never draw much attention from constituents and press until AFTER the election.

    How is it possible that people aren’t paying attention to this now? These candidates aren’t really finding loopholes – they’re violating federal election law.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Tiger, no; Muir, maybe. (Have you heard him speak?)