CD11: Sessions in town for Harmer

David Harmer

David Harmer

Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas will host a fundraiser for 11th District GOP nominee David Harmer at noon today in Pleasanton.

Sessions is leading the party’s push to take back majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the national party seems to be taking a great deal of interest in Harmer’s challenge of Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton. The party has named Harmer one of the “Young Guns,” a national candidate promotion program.

Harmer is apparently taking some heat for crossing the picket line at the site of the luncheon, the Castlewood Country Club. Workers have been picketing the business for five months in a dispute over reduced healthcare benefts.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also had choice words to say about Sessions’ California stop, which included a breakfast fundraiser for Harmer in Stockton this morning.

“David Harmer needs to come clean with Northern California voters that he supports a return to the dangerous Bush economic agenda that led to the mess so many are still trying to dig out of,” said DCCC spokesman Andy Stone.  “After all, corporate lawyer Harmer wants to keep tax breaks in place for companies that ship American jobs overseas, supported the privatization of Social Security and has stood up for the big Wall Street banks that wreaked havoc on the economy. David Harmer’s economic agenda is precisely what northern California families can’t afford right now.”

Undstandably, Harmer is heavily focused on fundraising. He had an expensive primary campaign against three opponents, while McNerney had no challengers in June and is substantially ahead of his GOP foe when it comes to dollars for November.

The event costs between $2,400 for a platinum co-host status table for eight and photos with Sessions to $250  to be a silver sponsor.

For more information on the Pleasanton luncheon, contact Mallory West at (925) 302-9023 or Mallory@HarmerForCongress.com.

For the DCCC’s new release today, read below.

Today’s the Day: David Harmer Signs Onto “Exact Same” Bush Agenda

Today, corporate lawyer David Harmer is welcoming NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions to the 11th Congressional district, confirming Harmer’s support for the comprehensive Republican agenda Sessions recently outlined: going “back to the exact same agenda” of George W. Bush.

With Harmer’s support for privatizing Social Security and maintaining tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas as well as promoting the cause of big banks and Wall Street financiers, it should come as little surprise that Harmer’s bellying up to sign onto the “exact same” Bush agenda.

“In welcoming with open arms NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions today, David Harmer is making it quite clear he supports the agenda that Sessions recently detailed, taking us back to the ‘exact same’ Bush economic agenda that led to the mess northern Californians are still digging out of,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Corporate lawyer David Harmer’s support for the disastrous Bush agenda would take the economy in the wrong direction for northern California families.”


  • David Harmer is holding fundraising events with NRCC Chair Pete Sessions on Thursday in Pleasanton and Stockton.  [Harmer campaign email, 7/28/10]

  • On NBC’s “Meet The Press” NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions stated “we need to go back to the exact same agenda” of George W. Bush if Republicans win control of Congress [Meet The Press, 7/18/10]

  • David Harmer signed Americans for Tax Reform’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” pledging to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.  [ATR Tax Pledge, 5/17/10]

  • Harmer told the Lodi News-Sentinel that while banks want to lend money, federal regulators are standing in the way. [Lodi News-Sentinel, 6/10/10]

  • Months ago, Harmer advocated for cutting Social Security benefits and during a previous run for Congress supported privatizing the program. [Lodi News-Sentinel, 5/13/10; Salt Lake Tribune, 2/22/96]

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