CD11: GOP hopefuls sharpen their campaigns

The East Contra Costa Republican Women and the East Contra Costa TEA Party co-hosted a very insightful candidate forum last night in Brentwood for the four 11th Congressional District GOP primary hopefuls. (Click here to read the news story.)

The sponsors delivered smart and pointed questions. They also limited the candidates’ responses to one minute, which kept the candidates on their toes, tested their knowledge of the issues and ensured that the audience didn’t fall asleep. (Having moderated quite a few of these forums, candidates will drone on as long as you let them, often repeating themselves.)

The candidates vying for the chance to compete against incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, are retired U.S. Marshal Tony Amador of Lodi; former business executive and disabled children’s advocate Elizabeth Emken of Danville; grapegrower and agricultural businessowner Brad Goehring of Clements; and Dougherty Valley attorney David Harmer.

It was a two-hour forum and my FlipVideo only has capacity for an hour, but I have posted below the candidates’ opening and closing statements, and the segment where they posed questions of each other.

Others were videotaping the entire forum, and as soon as I receive links, I will post them here.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen