I’m writing from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., where I’m attending
the orientation for new members of Congress. Since we don’t yet know whether
I’ll become a new member of Congress,
I’m participating with a unique blend of apprehension and hope.
Last night, at a dinner for the Republican freshmen in the Capitol’s magnificent
Statuary Hall, I sat just a few feet from the site of John Quincy Adams’s
old desk as Republican Leader and soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke
of our charge from the American people. His watchword was humility; his counsel,
servant leadership. He is determined to restore representation as the founders intended
— a House that does the people’s business through the cumbersome, unpredictable,
messy, but democratic means of legislation. He envisions a House where Representatives
are actual legislators — not merely voters on proposals negotiated behind
closed doors, but daily participants in the process of investigation, persuasion,
negotiation, and debate.
For California to fail to contribute to this historic change in leadership, mission,
and tone would be tragic, but it’s a very real risk. The wave that swept the
rest of the nation, resulting in well over 60 net new Republican seats, seems to
have washed up against the eastern flank of the Sierras without crossing their crest.
So far Republicans haven’t picked up a single one of California’s 53
seats in the U.S. House. But the 11th District is still in play.
To ensure an accurate count of the remaining ballots, to prepare for a possible
recount, and to do our best to complete the campaign successfully, we need to raise
much more money. If you haven’t already done so, please consider contributing to our recount fund.
Contributions of any amount are welcome, appreciated, and needed.
P.S. Several of the freshmen here were already my friends. This wonderful week is
giving me the opportunity to strengthen my relationships with them and to become
acquainted with the others. They are tremendously supportive. They know how hard
you’ve worked, how generously you’ve contributed, and how earnestly
you’re praying for our campaign’s eventual success. Many of them are
joining you in contributing to the recount fund — so you’re in very
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.