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CD11: Harmer unveils his first TV ad

Congressional District 11 GOP nominee David Harmer unveiled his first television ad today, where he focused on government spending, and in what is likely to be an ongoing theme of the election, linked opponent and Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“We’re facing 20 percent unemployment in parts of our district and one of America’s highest foreclosure rates,” Harmer says in the ad.  “Washington’s answer? Punish success. Subsidize failure. More spending. More government. More Debt. And that means less for our families.”

Interestingly, Harmer identifies himself in the spot as a constitutional attorney. It is only a partially accurate job description.

It is true that he was a Bradley Resident Fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., in 1995-1996. And he worked in 1989-1990 as an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento and the prior year as counsel for a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Senate Judicial Committee.

Harmer’s most recent employment, however, was  nine years as  former first vice president and assistant general counsel in the credit card division at Providian, which was acquired by Washington Mutual and then JPMorgan Chase. He lost his job in January 2009 after JPMorgan acquired WaMu and shut down its redundant credit card division. He collected unemployment for a brief time until he decided to run in 2009 for Congress in the 10th District special election.

Here is the ad:

San Ramon, CA) – Coming on the heels of recent polling that shows Republican challenger David Harmer has surged to a one-point lead over incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney in California’s 11th Congressional District, today the Harmer campaign announced the launch of its first television commercial, which begins airing this week.

The 30-second commercial entitled “Washington Isn’t Working” features David Harmer explaining how Congress has failed to improve the economy or control its budget. Harmer concludes with his pledge to protect taxpayers and “stand up for America.”

“Washington isn’t working. We’re facing nearly twenty-percent unemployment in parts of our District and one of America’s highest foreclosure rates. Washington’s answer? Punish success. Subsidize failure. More spending. More government. More debt. And that means less for our families. As a businessman and a constitutional attorney, I spent my career protecting taxpayers and defending freedom. It’s a fight I’ll bring to Congress. I’m David Harmer, and I’ll stand up for America. A message I’m proud to approve.”

The commercial can be viewed at www.HarmerForCongress.com.

Harmer, who trailed McNerney by 10 points just after a tough June primary contest, has now pulled to a 45% Harmer, 44% McNerney lead in this swing district, according to an August 23-29 survey conducted by Ayres, McHenry & Associates. More remarkable, 52% of voters say that they would prefer “someone new” as their congressman, rather than re-elect Jerry McNerney.

“The Harmer campaign staff and volunteers are fully energized, and our message of fiscal conservatism and job growth is having an impact with voters throughout the District,” said campaign spokesman Tim Clark.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen