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Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell seeking congressional seat in 2012 election

Original post made on May 1, 2012

Eric Swalwell, an Alameda County deputy district attorney and Dublin City Councilman, announced his candidacy Wednesday for Congress in the newly-created 15th congressional district.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:59 AM

Comments (25)

Posted by Destiny Miller, a resident of Danville
on May 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

I commute Fwy 680 daily and just prior coming into Pleasanton, I was appalled when I observed that Mr. Swalwells' staff litterally destroyed the Ostrich Eggs For Sale sign on the hillside and replaced it with his own campaign sign. THEN they left the broken pieces of signage lying on the ground.
How rude you are Mr. Swalwell, and what other disregards do you have?
I am a Democrat and you will not get my vote!


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

I believe these signs were blown over by the last couple of storms. You can blame politicans for lots of things, but acts of nature are not in their bag of dirty tricks, at least not yet.

Posted by JC, a resident of Birdland
on May 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

The thought of Pete Stark, who doesn't even live in CA, as my representative is sad. He is a legal resident of Maryland, he has an mailing address at his mother's house over the hill. He needs to go.

Posted by MePartyPatriot, a resident of Downtown
on May 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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Bill, I think you are right. Dirty tricks already. On the other hand, she may have been obvious to begin with.

Posted by common sense, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Should Mr. Stalwell be elected to replace the 80yr old incumbent it will pretty much destroy the opportunity for the ex Mayor of Pleasanton to run for that office in 2 years.

Posted by Watson, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Check out the latest from Pete Stark, compliments of video from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Web Link

Now imagine him at a congressional hearing or dealing complexed matters.
Make your own judgement.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

Watson and JC, your comments are practically verbatim from Eric Swalwell's campaign docs. Thanks, but I'm looking for a little more self-initiative and a little less negative campaigning in a candidate.

Posted by Watson, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Joe, And I suppose the 155 comments on the SFGate site are also just posting verbatim from Swalwell's campaign docs.

Go ahead, view the video linked above, then read the 155 comments from folks all over the Bay Area.
Come back here and tell me you think they're all just parroting Swalwell's campaign literature.

BTW, about 98% of those 155+ comments are aghast at what they see in the video. A congressman who has obviously declined rapidly in his abilities.
Go watch it. You decide.

Posted by Sherlock, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Inexperienced Swalwell should stick with what he does best...coaching soccer.

Swalwell -- He's not qualified to be in Congress. He's not in touch with the TriValley.

Posted by Watson, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm


"He's not in touch with the TriValley"

Of course that wouldn't apply to Pete Stark.
How about you give me your best estimate of how many hours Pete Stark has been in the TriValley over the past 2 years.

What, 8 hours? 16 hours? Visits to the district each year, times the hours spent in the TriValley?
You do the math and report back.

Pete's family self describe themselves as Marylanders. What does that make Pete?

BTW, did you actually watch the new video of Pete on the San Francisco Chronicle's web page?
What was that you said about "qualified"?

Posted by Sherlock, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Swalwell is the ultimate Maryland resident according to the Washington Post Web Link and had time to work for politicians in Washington.

Yet Swalwell didn't even bother to vote anytime in Alameda County when he was attending college in the DC and MD area. In fact, Swalwell just started to vote in 2006. Guess he was too busy to mail in those Mail in Ballots to Alameda, with all that laying down on the sidewalk protesting in front of the Maryland governor's office in Annapolis MD (like the Washington Post photo shows)

Swalwell, if actually connected to the TriValley, would have voted during those years but instead spent time with politicos in the DC area. Many of Swalwell's contributions for Congress come from the DC and MD residents.

Swalwell has little to know knowledge of the TriValley. He seems to know a heck of a lot more about the goings on with his beer buddies located within College Park MD, Montgomery County and Prince George's County.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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So what you're saying is to vote for Pareja?

Posted by Sherlock, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Stacey, actually I believe I'll go for Stark.

You have to read the Around Dublin Blog and look at that Pie Chart- Web Link

"U.S. Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell Bought and Paid for by Lin Family and Other Developers"

Some quotes: "Swalwell's subservience to real estate developers dates back to his days on Dublin's Planning Commission. Then Planning Commissioner Swalwell publicly lauded Discovery Homes, a subsidiary of notorious developer Seeno Construction Company, as a "reputable developer," only a week after its Concord headquarters was raided by the FBI in early 2010."

"....$31,200 in contributions from attorneys and police officers. These contributions represent a tremendous conflict of interest and call into question Swalwell's record as an Assistant District Attorney. Alameda County residents are left to wonder if Swalwell sold his soul as a public attorney...."

Stark it is.

Posted by Dr. Moriarty, a resident of another community
on May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I wish Big Dick Pombo were running this time around. Or Mr. magic happy underpants Dave Harmer, though I do understand he'd have to give up his lucrative work helping banks foreclose on homeowners.

Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on May 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm

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Sherlock, a resident of the Another Pleasanton, your are plant. Let me guess, you are on Stark's staff... just a guess. It's been proven that the stuff about Lin Family, who I am not fond of, is wrong.

What is wrong is that the Right pulls this stuff but people like you do and think it's okay. Stop. It's time for Stark to move on.

Posted by Sherlock, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

The campaign contributions speak for themselves.

I'm not a 'plant.' No, I don't work for Stark.

Why would Swalwell take contributions from people (Lins) who just were fined $20 million from the IRS and State for tax evasion/tax shelter fraud?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on May 3, 2012 at 6:50 am

At least Swalwell is knocking on doors and volunteers staff a table at the farmer's market.

Has anyone actually met either of them?

Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on May 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

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Dr. M, what's with you and the undergarment references? Underwear fetish? Please tell me you don't live near a grammar school......
dublinmike, agreed on the 'plant'a nd that Stark is long overdue for a pasture somewhere on the east coast, but what's with the out of place cheap shot at the 'Right'? At least you capitalized the reference, so you're not totally irrespectful. But that comment was not relevant on this topic nor considering the politics in this state.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

I watched the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters. Pete Stark came across as out of touch and a bit laughable; in an Uncle Leo kind of way (Seinfeld). The clear winner in of the debate, in my opinion, was/is Chris Pareja. I'd never heard of Pareja until watching the debate but came away very impressed.

After reviewing the content of his website I'm even more impressed.

Web Link

Posted by Dr. Moriarty, a resident of another community
on May 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

I was also at the debate. I thought Pareja acted in something of a clownish way. And I wasn't at all impressed by the country-clad folks in the audience who loudly guffawed while other candidates were attempting to speak. (I also was not at all impressed by the beat up old Dodge pick-up truck parked conspicuously in front with its garish adornment of tea bags and American flags.)

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Mr. Moriarty

First let me say I apologize for the "Uncle Leo" comment; it wasn't necessary. I respect Congressman Stark for his 40 years of service. However, some of the things I found troubling were his inability to stay on topic and his continual failure to adhere to the moderators request to NOT make personal attacks - which he failed at miserably. While Swalwell did attack Congressman Stark it was based on Stark's record and his place of residence(fair game IMO). Conversely, Stark attacked Swalwell repeatedly with his claim that that Swalwell took 200k in BRIBE money from the Lin family (which he later apologized for - while making another personal attack at the same time), and also called Swalwell a pip-squeak. You can't make that stuff up.

I didn't attend the debate but I did watch it on video. The impetus for watching is that I was only somewhat familiar with both Stark and Swalwell's platform. I began watching the video with an open mind - or a blank slate, and after 57 minutes came away wondering how anyone can possibly support Pete Stark for another term in Congress. I didn't even really learn much about him other than he's a die-hard supporter of unions (I support private sector unions), a supporter of national healthcare, he felt personal attacks were more important then shariring his vision, and that he couldn't respect the moderators rules. I wish he would have spent less time bashing Swalwell and more time demonstrating that he was in touch with the very severe issues our country is facing. He didn't do that and that was disappointing. I think Congressman Stark has had a nice career but needs to move on. I hope he continues to be politically active if he so desires but it should NOT be as a Congressman, IMO.

The most surprising part of the debate, for me, was that someone I'd never heard of has emerged as the best candidate (IMO). Chris Pareja is very bright, articulate, and has a better grasp of the issues than either Stark or Swalwell. What most impressed me is his grasp of the issues and ability to be asked a question from the audience and speak to them without coming across rehearsed or looking like he's following a script. This guy just "gets it".

For the record, I have never communicated with Chris Pareja, don't know him from Adam, don't know anybody that does know him, and had never heard of him until yesterday.

Posted by Dr. Moriarty, a resident of another community
on May 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I am a lifelong member of the Republican Party, and I attended the debate with an open mind. I was hoping that candidate Pareja would distinguish himself from the other two candidates. He did. His inability to take a clear stand on the issues, combined with a rather unctuous demeanor that had him attempting to appeal to multiple demographics, left me astonishingly aghast. The Tea Party band of galoots who seemed to be his guffawing backers did not help matters one bit.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Mr Moriarty

What issues did Pareja fail to take a clear stand on?

As a lifelong republican, and considering the debate was between two Democrats and an Independant, who do you think made the best points during the debate? Why?

Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on May 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Mr. Swalwell is not a perfect candidate. But, he appears to be a fiscal conservative/social moderate.

I think that the next time I meet him I will press him more for his viewpoints.

Posted by Uh, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Stark is registered to vote in Alameda County.

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