In today's Contra Costa Times, Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Before Harmer makes the call to congratulate McNerney, the Republican says his campaign
is examining the final precinct-level voting results made available late Tuesday
after Contra Costa County certified its results.
McNerney beat Harmer by 2,658 votes, or a margin of 1.1 percentage points, according
to the final results of the four counties that contain portions of the 11th District.
The Republicans have repeatedly expressed concern about Contra Costa and Alameda
counties' refusal to allow their observers to challenge the validity of signatures
on vote-by-mail ballots as they were counted, and the California Republican Party
has said it will pursue a court ruling on the matter regardless of the 11th District
Harmer readily admits that a recount and House intervention is highly unlikely,
but also called it imprudent to concede before everyone is satisfied with the accuracy
of the results.
"We haven't been itching to contest the results, no one enjoys that," Harmer said.
"What we have wanted to do is to understand what happened, and to the extent there
are any questions about the accuracy or legitimacy of the process, we want to address
those in a responsible way so that questions don't linger into the future. It is
for the benefit of all the participants."
In the meantime, Harmer is moving on with his life, literally.
The lease on his San Ramon house expired Nov. 30, and he and his wife, Elayne, have
spent the past week packing, moving and settling into the new family home about
a mile away. They wanted to avoid moving their four children out of their schools.
Then, the attorney says he needs to lose the 20 pounds he gained on the campaign
trial, polish up his resume and find a job. He has been campaigning full-time for
the past 1-1/2 years and the family treasury is bare, he says.
He has no plans to run for public office again ...
"It's hard not to feel as though you have let people down," Harmer said. "But disappointment
is different from regret. You never regret playing the game just because you lost."
Read the full story here. And if you'd like to do one last thing
to show your support, please take a moment to post a comment thanking Dave and his
family for what they've done.
The Harmer for Congress Team
David Harmer is the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives from
California’s 11th District. His father, John Harmer, served as Lieutenant
Governor under Ronald Reagan. Early in his career, David took his expertise in constitutional
law to Pacific Legal Foundation, where he defended property rights and other freedoms.
David was also a Resident Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and his book on education
reform was published by the Cato Institute.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has named David a “Young
Gun”—the top status in their candidate rating system. This top-target
designation assures that the 11th District will be a national congressional battleground.