David 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.