Harman calls it quits in GOP race for AG

State Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, has conceded the Republican primary race for state Attorney General, in which Los Angeles District Attorney at this hour holds a comfortable lead over Harman and former law school dean John Eastman.

Here’s what Harman, who was in the race long before Cooley and Eastman jumped in, had to say tonight:

I am grateful and humbled by all the support I received throughout California. My wife Dianne and I have sincerely enjoyed this campaign and are proud of all the efforts put forth by my supporters, contributors and campaign team.

This has been an extremely hard fought campaign on the issues and we came up a bit short. While I have had substantive policy differences with my opponents, as Republicans we have far more in common than what divides us. I congratulate the victor and now we must all look toward November.

I now turn my attention back to the State Senate where I will continue to work to get our economy moving, lowering taxes and reducing the onerous government regulation that have a stranglehold on California farmers, businesses and families.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.