All four Republicans in the 11th Congressional District primary say they have signed the Club For Growth’s pledge to repeal the health care reform legislation signed into law earlier this week.
Dougherty Valley attorney David Harmer, businesswoman and autism research lobbyist Elizabeth Emken of Danville, Clements winegrape grower Brad Goehring and former U.S. Marshall Tony Amador of Lodi have all agreed to pursue repeal of the legislation if elected.
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, voted for the bill.
In concept, the pledge is similar to the Americans For Tax Reform’s no new taxes promise that many Republican candidates sign.
Critics say signing these pledges amount to an abdication of elected officials’ responsibility to make independent decisions and contributes to the paralyzing, uncompromising partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C.
For the most part, the repeal pledge is more about politics than practice. It’s unlikely that any of these District 11 candidates, if elected, will have the chance to vote on a repeal unless Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. And even then, President Barack Obama would very likely veto such legislation.