David Harmer becomes a GOP ‘Young Gun’

David HarmerDavid Harmer of San Ramon, the Republican nominee to challenge incumbent Democrat Rep. Jerry McNerney this November, has been named one of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” – the top of the NRCC’s campaign recruitment and training program.

It’s a sign that taking the 11th Congressional District seat from the two-term McNerney, D-Pleasanton, is a national priority for the GOP.

Reps. Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield; and Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., launched Young Guns in the 2008 cycle, and it later became an official NRCC effort dedicated to supporting open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide with fundraising, infrastructure support and strategic advice.

“David Harmer has proven that he is ready to put this seat back in the Republican column,” NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Tex., said in a news release. “David’s campaign is a symbol of the growing momentum behind Republican candidacies both in California and across the country. As Democrats and their party bosses continue to push their big-government, big-spending policies onto the backs of hard-working families, Republicans like David Harmer will continue to present a clear alternative to a Democrat majority that continues to spend too much, borrow too much and tax too much.”

Harmer was among 16 new Young Guns announced today by the NRCC, bringing its total for this cycle to 39.

UPDATE @ 1:13 P.M.: “Considering how banker David Harmer has defended big banks and Wall Street firms, just like national Republicans, it’s no wonder Harmer was named a Young Gun,” says Andy Stone, western regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a former McNerney staffer.

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.

  • Patty O’Day

    Woo Hoo!!!! David Harmer deserves this recognition and all the financial support that it will bring from the NRCC. This is HUGE for the campaign. David and his entire campaign staff have worked very hard to make this a reality. Good job folks.

  • Tom

    At the tender age of 47!

  • John W

    Yes, only in the culture of D.C., where 85 is the new 40, can middle-aged guys be called “Young Guns.” If he wants to be viewed that way, at least he should get some bo-tox and hair coloring, like Diane Feinstein. Tom above says 47. I couldn’t find his age in either his official bio or Wikipedia. In fact, not even a birthplace was listed. Hmmm! Has anbody seen HIS birth certificate?

    He does have lots of experience though. How many people can say they’ve run for Congress in three different House districts in two different states (2 in CA during the past year or so and 1 in Utah long time ago).

  • Tom

    This article from May 8 describes him as 47:


    If that’s “young” it’s fine by me!

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Harmer will need all the outside help he can muster. Jerry McN. is a tough incumbent.

  • j sandoval

    Jerry is the biggest coward I have seen in a long time. His puppet strings to nancy are not very well hidden from sight. His latest mailer indicates that he is an Independent. He lacks the cajones to even stand with his party. bye bye Jerry

  • j sandoval

    In a free society we do not moderate

  • John W. What have you been eating? Sour grapes? So what if he’s 40 whatever. He’s got a young family, and from my vantage point (76) 40 whatever is a young gun. David is spectacularly intelligent and comes across well in any situation. He is fiscally conservative, and I want someone who has some experience in life and finance representing me in Congress.

  • Elwood

    Re: #5

    “Jerry McN. is a tough incumbent.” I’ve seen him described as vulnerable, which I believe comes closer to it in this year of the angry electorate.

  • John W

    Joan Hamblin

    Yes, it’s all relative. I’m 64. So, by your measure, I reckon I’d qualify as a Young Gun too. It was just a joke. I thought I made it bipartisan by mentioning Di-Fi. That said, anybody (Dem or Repub) who ran for Congress 14 years ago in Utah, ran last year in CA-10 and this year in CA-11 is not exactly fresh talent. Chronological age aside, he’s no more a “Young Gun” than John Garamendi or Jerry Brown. See, I’m being bipartisan again! Now, even though I’m a Democrat, I consider somebody like Paul Ryan-WI to be a true young gun — not just in terms of age, but also because he is the GOP’s idea man in the House, actually offering some concrete proposals that deserve serious consideration.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    There may be a second act in Calif. politics for the exceptional candidate, but David Harmer isn’t it.