CD10: Democrats pledge unity

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi

Tenth Congressional District Democratic nominee and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi hosted a short unity meeting this morning in Sacramento with two of his unsuccessful challengers, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, and state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord.

Well, they do say time heals all wounds and it’s been a week since the election.

Buchanan and DeSaulnier pledged their support for Garamendi and asked their own supporters to rally behind the Democratic nominee.

“In the primary, there were minor differences between the candidates, but in the general election, there are major differences between John and his Republican opponent,” Buchanan said, referring to Republican nominee and attorney David Harmer of Dougherty Valley.

“For all of my supporters,” said DeSaulnier, “I urge them to get on with the next step and support John Garamendi. We don’t want a Republican to represent us in Congress.”

Garamendi is also hosting a unity breakfast on Sept. 12 designed to smooth over those emotional scars from the primary election.

Democrats have an 18 percentage point party registration advantage in the 10th District, a gap political experts in both parties view as nearly insurmountable for a Republican. But Garamendi wants to win with big numbers. Members of Congress enjoy very high re-election rates but there’s nothing better than a strong win to discourage primary and general election challengers.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen