A campaign mailer from 10th Congressional District candidate and Democrat Lt. Gov. John Garamendi that hit mailboxes today contained a reference to a quote from the wrong guy.
The Garamendi mailer states that his Republican challenger “David Harmer supports off shoring jobs” and cites a story from the Utah’s Deseret News from April 23, 2004.
Unfortunately for Garamendi’s opposition research team, the story quotes the David Harmer who was executive director of the Utah State Department of Community and Economic Development.
The David Harmer who is running against Garamendi never held that job and wasn’t living in Utah at the time. It’s a different David Harmer.
“This is a huge error on Garmendi’s part,” said Harmer campaign manager Mike Caporusso. “Garamendi has mailed a completely false and inaccurate charge against David Harmer, and we demand he immediately apologize and retract his smear attack.”
UPDATED 7:30 AM TO ADD GARAMENDI RESPONSE: In response to the error, Garamendi said , “The important point is that David Harmer opposes President Obama’s efforts to create jobs in the 10th congressional district, provide for our schools and children, repair our roads and highways, deliver much needed medical services, and fund research programs. The bottom line is that David Harmer’s positions are just out of touch with the people of the 10th congressional district.”
“Huge” might be a bit of an overstatement, but Caporusso is Harmer’s campaign manager. What else would you expect him to say?
And the Harmer camp doesn’t much like the rest of the mailer, either. Expect more on that front later.