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Swalwell 'considering' a presidential run

Dublin congressman waiting until after midterms, birth of second child

After some speculation in light of multiple Iowa appearances in recent months, Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) said Friday that he is "considering" a 2020 presidential run.

Speaking to media briefly before a morning coffee-with-constituents event in Fremont, Swalwell said that he would wait until November to decide, a monumental month for him both politically and personally.

"I'm going to consider it after the midterms. Right now I'm doing all I can to earn my way back to Washington," the 37-year-old congressman told the handful of reporters gathered outside the East Bay Cafe Depot.

"My wife and I are expecting Nov. 4. For the country it's a midterm; for us it's a full term," he added. "So I want to focus on the health of our baby."

Swalwell represents the 15th Congressional District, which covers most of eastern Alameda County, including Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Fremont, along with San Ramon in Contra Costa County.

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Right now, he said, he's traveling around the country to help other Democrats running in order to "change the course of our country, protect healthcare, protect paychecks, protect our democracy and win a Democratic majority in Congress."

Swalwell said that the final decision on a presidential campaign would mostly hinge upon family considerations.

"It's a big sacrifice," he said. "But I do believe that our country needs new energy, new ideas and new leadership. And the best path forward for our country is not to go backward, but to turn a page forward as we look for those characteristics."

Swalwell has become a fixture on national news outlets and a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. He joins a host of other politicians who have made treks to Iowa over the past few years, often seen as an indication of presidential prospects, as the Iowa caucuses mark the first major contest in presidential primary elections.

His recent activity in the state wasn't lost on the 50-plus constituents crowding into the Fremont cafe on Friday. The first comment Swalwell received after his 15-minute opening speech was from an attendee who said that he would have many local supporters should he choose to run.

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Fremont City Councilman Raj Salwan was present to show his support of Swalwell and said that he's been a strong backer of the congressman for many years. He called the possibility of a presidential run "very exciting."

"He's a local boy, he's worked his way up, he's been in the District Attorney's Office, he's been in the Dublin City Council," Salwan said. "And a congressman, he was an upstart, fresh ideas, fresh perspective. And maybe we need that in this country, we need fresh blood to bring America back from 'Make America Great Again,' to 'Make America Safe Again,' and sane again, and inclusive of all the communities that we have in the Bay Area and the country."

In the short-term, Swalwell is facing off against Republican challenger Rudy Peters in the general election this November, after earning 70.86% of the vote in the June primary election. Peters, a business owner from Livermore, was the second highest vote-getter in the June primary, with 25.54%.

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Swalwell 'considering' a presidential run

Dublin congressman waiting until after midterms, birth of second child

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 2:39 pm
Updated: Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 11:19 am

After some speculation in light of multiple Iowa appearances in recent months, Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) said Friday that he is "considering" a 2020 presidential run.

Speaking to media briefly before a morning coffee-with-constituents event in Fremont, Swalwell said that he would wait until November to decide, a monumental month for him both politically and personally.

"I'm going to consider it after the midterms. Right now I'm doing all I can to earn my way back to Washington," the 37-year-old congressman told the handful of reporters gathered outside the East Bay Cafe Depot.

"My wife and I are expecting Nov. 4. For the country it's a midterm; for us it's a full term," he added. "So I want to focus on the health of our baby."

Swalwell represents the 15th Congressional District, which covers most of eastern Alameda County, including Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Fremont, along with San Ramon in Contra Costa County.

Right now, he said, he's traveling around the country to help other Democrats running in order to "change the course of our country, protect healthcare, protect paychecks, protect our democracy and win a Democratic majority in Congress."

Swalwell said that the final decision on a presidential campaign would mostly hinge upon family considerations.

"It's a big sacrifice," he said. "But I do believe that our country needs new energy, new ideas and new leadership. And the best path forward for our country is not to go backward, but to turn a page forward as we look for those characteristics."

Swalwell has become a fixture on national news outlets and a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. He joins a host of other politicians who have made treks to Iowa over the past few years, often seen as an indication of presidential prospects, as the Iowa caucuses mark the first major contest in presidential primary elections.

His recent activity in the state wasn't lost on the 50-plus constituents crowding into the Fremont cafe on Friday. The first comment Swalwell received after his 15-minute opening speech was from an attendee who said that he would have many local supporters should he choose to run.

Fremont City Councilman Raj Salwan was present to show his support of Swalwell and said that he's been a strong backer of the congressman for many years. He called the possibility of a presidential run "very exciting."

"He's a local boy, he's worked his way up, he's been in the District Attorney's Office, he's been in the Dublin City Council," Salwan said. "And a congressman, he was an upstart, fresh ideas, fresh perspective. And maybe we need that in this country, we need fresh blood to bring America back from 'Make America Great Again,' to 'Make America Safe Again,' and sane again, and inclusive of all the communities that we have in the Bay Area and the country."

In the short-term, Swalwell is facing off against Republican challenger Rudy Peters in the general election this November, after earning 70.86% of the vote in the June primary election. Peters, a business owner from Livermore, was the second highest vote-getter in the June primary, with 25.54%.

Comments

Kiko
Val Vista
on Aug 17, 2018 at 3:28 pm
Kiko, Val Vista
on Aug 17, 2018 at 3:28 pm
78 people like this

Hahahaha...almost too funny too comment on. Ya, go for it Little Pelosi.


Heide
Country Fair
on Aug 17, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Heide, Country Fair
on Aug 17, 2018 at 4:06 pm
56 people like this

Another Pelosi is right.


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 17, 2018 at 4:31 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 17, 2018 at 4:31 pm
46 people like this

What.a joke. There’s no way that Swalwell can match our current President in maturity, wisdom, good judgement, and the ability to unify the country behind him.


BukLau
Avila
on Aug 17, 2018 at 7:02 pm
BukLau, Avila
on Aug 17, 2018 at 7:02 pm
57 people like this

You gonna run like every Cali dem and run on: sanctuary cities, marxism, and open borders?


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm
17 people like this

George McGovern is back!


Chris
Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 18, 2018 at 12:27 am
Chris, Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 18, 2018 at 12:27 am
52 people like this

Now that is funny!!! He has done absolutely nothing for his district, he is nothing but a misleading misinformation DNC mouthpiece. The district will wake up and vote Rudy Peters to replace him. Rudy Peters will actually work to make the district a better place for everyone.


Realist
Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 18, 2018 at 1:51 am
Realist, Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 18, 2018 at 1:51 am
16 people like this

@Doug

Your words are like honey to any narcissist.


SHale99
Registered user
San Ramon
on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:48 am
SHale99, San Ramon
Registered user
on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:48 am
38 people like this

I'm going with most of the people here are in the 1/3 who didn't or have never voted for him.

One only needs to view the margins of his wins to take the wind out of the naysayers sails.

Interesting same exact story is on the danvillesanramon web site via same publisher; no comments. Hmmmm.

Any warm body would be an improvement over the toddler in chief.....


Jack
Registered user
Downtown
on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm
Jack, Downtown
Registered user
on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm
2 people like this

if you don't want to support the local guy, how do you feel about Kamala Harris?


F 45
Castlewood
on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:12 pm
F 45, Castlewood
on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:12 pm
6 people like this

You watch too much Hannity, Trump’s buddy’s show on Fox and the Judge lady show. Who cares about Pelosi?

Tax cuts to Corporations have resulted in record stock buy-backs and dividends while the regular people get chump change in return. These are the facts - you can call it Marxism and Socilism - fine, who cares!


Realistic Democrat
Bridle Creek
on Aug 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm
Realistic Democrat, Bridle Creek
on Aug 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm
47 people like this

There is no way a CA Democrat can win the Presidency - he will loose every state from here to Massachusetts and DC - can you say George McGovern?

The CA Democratic Party has to cut the anchor called Nancy Pelosi loose, forget sanctuary cities and stop being environmental nut jobs that we are if we ever want to see a President from CA or for that matter to have CA be relevant in national politics


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 18, 2018 at 6:26 pm
Pleasanton Parent , Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 18, 2018 at 6:26 pm
37 people like this

How delusional is this guy?
Newsom who i dont like has an infinitely greater chance than swalwell for a presidential run and newsom isnt stupid enough to run.
Just another reason we should can this worthless politician


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on Aug 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on Aug 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm
43 people like this

Oh please do it! Please, please, do it. Tells us what wonderful resume you will run on? Can’t wait to hear about your platform Did Nancy give you permission? It would be so much fun to watch.


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 19, 2018 at 3:26 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 19, 2018 at 3:26 pm
8 people like this

@Jake Waters

More fun than watching a guy declare himself to be a “very stable genius” or challenge his own Secretary of State to an IQ contest?


Grumpy
Registered user
Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm
Grumpy, Vineyard Avenue
Registered user
on Aug 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm
18 people like this

Oh what a coincidence! I too am considering a presidential run. Probably a 5k. Invite all the presidents of any organization to run it with me. In both senses of the term.


Jake
Bonde Ranch
on Aug 19, 2018 at 11:01 pm
Jake, Bonde Ranch
on Aug 19, 2018 at 11:01 pm
39 people like this

I would not vote for Eric Swalwell for dog catcher.


Charlie Brown
Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 20, 2018 at 9:37 am
Charlie Brown, Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 20, 2018 at 9:37 am
29 people like this

If he's going to run for President, he needs to stay off Television as the interviews he participates in only highlight what a lightweight this guy really is.


steve
Country Fair
on Aug 20, 2018 at 9:37 am
steve, Country Fair
on Aug 20, 2018 at 9:37 am
31 people like this

Is this a joke or what??? April fools day isn't for another 8 months. Given his non stance on the Antifa mob tactics he'll be lucky to be in Congress after this election. Moderates and Conservatives see him inching daily to the Liberal stances and not liking it. So now we can add him to the Ultra Liberal list of Waters, Lee, Boxer, Newsome, and Brown.


sassy
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2018 at 9:39 am
sassy, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2018 at 9:39 am
28 people like this

Dear God-What is this man smoking? Has he ever heard the adage: Don't believe your own press? His arrogance is surpassed only by his stupidity


David
Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 20, 2018 at 9:56 am
David, Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 20, 2018 at 9:56 am
19 people like this

Im a Dem but the party still dont get it. Abandon sanctuary city/state, totally overhaul immigration regulations or lack thereof and in particular establish H1-C vistas quotas and ability for foreign nationals to purchase multiple properties. GOP is too extreme on their issues. I guess its Independent for me or moving to at less expensive state.


Lou Stuhle
Registered user
Jensen Tract
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:28 pm
Lou Stuhle, Jensen Tract
Registered user
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:28 pm
11 people like this

the unfortunate thing is that eric is a good guy. when he started out in politics, he wasn't nearly so liberal as he is now. i think he saw the ultra-left, pelosi-ism as the quick way to the top of the democrat party. if he wants to be a lifelong senator, that's a good way to go. if he wants a shot at the presidency, he'll have to come back much closer to center than he currently is.


Rob
Dublin
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm
Rob, Dublin
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm
31 people like this

Swallwell is a joke. I am embarrassed that he is our representative in DC. Total loser. I contacted his office on a couple of occasions and not only he send out a form letter response but the letter he sent was not even on topic. Complete waste of time. He is also guy who called President Trump "unpatriotic." Trump can be called a lot of things but unpatriotic is not one. Total disrespect for the Office. I hope his staff is suggesting he read these comments so he can get a read on what the people really think of him. Having a baby he says....guess he can do something right.


HT
Danbury Park
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:34 pm
HT, Danbury Park
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:34 pm
17 people like this

Not everyone feels the way the naysayers do - obviously, since he is in office and their candidates failed to win the vote. Go democracy! Everyone's vote counts not just the ones who sit behind the anonymity of their keyboards and spew out their opinions.


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:50 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:50 pm
22 people like this

@Rob :”Trump can be called a lot of things but unpatriotic is not one.”

Gee, why would anyone think that a guy who collaborated with a hostile foreign power against the US democratic process, and who publicly sided with the leader of this hostile foreign power against our own intelligence agencies is unpatriotic?


Disk Man
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:58 pm
Disk Man, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:58 pm
30 people like this

This is hilarious. Swalwell definitely has some ambitions to run for President as he is making the rounds on the TV talk shows. Most of his appearances are as Pelosi's lap dog -- which is good, because the more he sounds like Pelosi, the less likely he will be a viable candidate for any national office. The more leftists like Pelosi, Andrew "America never was great" Cuomo, Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren, and clueless Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez keep espousing their rhetoric, the more likely President Trump will get another term.


Jake Waters
Birdland
on Aug 20, 2018 at 1:14 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
on Aug 20, 2018 at 1:14 pm
26 people like this

@Doug

You want to change the topic because it’s uncomfortable? Ok, but first, one last comment about your boy-Eric. He won’t run because of a lack of support. This is done to elevate what little status he has for the November elections.

Secondly, you are still hanging on to what has already been debunked: Trump never colluded. That story is over. Hillary, who did, will be investigated next, plenty of evidence of her collusion.

You know Doug, you should start expanding your information network, because you will not learn much from your news
source: CNN and MSNBC. Better catch up to what is already been out there or you will be left behind. Do you notice how Schiff and Swalwell have quieted about ‘Russia, Russia, Russia?’


Mitch
another community
on Aug 20, 2018 at 1:25 pm
Mitch, another community
on Aug 20, 2018 at 1:25 pm
29 people like this

When your congressperson develops pipe dreams of running for President, it is time to can them!


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm
11 people like this

@Jake Waters. : “Trump never colluded. That story is over.“

Nope. In fact none other than Donald Trump himself admitted that members of his campaign colluded with the Russians. See my post to Pete over on the “Editorial: Your friend, not enemy” thread.


Stevan
San Ramon
on Aug 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm
Stevan, San Ramon
on Aug 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm
23 people like this

This man is so disconnected from his district its just plain frightening. Rudy Peters for Congress! And to the people at Pleasanton Weekly would some balanced reporting be too much to ask?


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Aug 20, 2018 at 5:17 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Aug 20, 2018 at 5:17 pm
12 people like this

Members of the Trump team met with Russian citizens to talk about campaign dirt on Hillary. When the Russians changed the meeting to discuss the Magnitsky act, the meeting was promptly cancelled.

This has all been in the news and has been - twice - confirmed by President Trump himself.

So here is a question for Doug and all the other "collusion conspiracy theorists":

If President Trump admitted that members of his team met openly with Russians, and the meeting was, in fact, illegal, then why have none who participated been arrested? Why has Trump not been arrested?

Chew on that for a while and get back to us.



steve
Country Fair
on Aug 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm
steve, Country Fair
on Aug 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm
29 people like this

This not about Trump......get a clue liberals. This is about sending our current Congressman around the country searching for his new job. If this was me, in the private sector I would have to take a leave of absence. Given his background in the judicial system we need to know and pay him to tell us his stance on sanctuary cities and how he plans to deal with the ultra liberal left with Antifa. He owes us as our Congressman his insight and clarification. By the way, most people don't know those little duck's he has on his desk and passes out to the children in the crowd are made in China......like the new section of the Bay Bridge. Time for you to GO..... Eric.


Kacey
Registered user
Ponderosa
on Aug 20, 2018 at 8:21 pm
Kacey, Ponderosa
Registered user
on Aug 20, 2018 at 8:21 pm
7 people like this

I really thought the people of this community were much more respectful. Some of the comments made here are as bad as Trump’s tweets.


Bill
Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 21, 2018 at 12:21 am
Bill, Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 21, 2018 at 12:21 am
7 people like this

Other than being an "anti-trump", I haven't seen much.

This isn't the time kid. Get some hard won notches, and try in a decade or two.

I know you think you know how it works, but you don't. You need time.


Bill
Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 21, 2018 at 12:27 am
Bill, Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 21, 2018 at 12:27 am
Like this comment

Oh, and there are individuals and machines that will look for nationally relevant articles via search engines (like, on any U.S. Representative), and will target their comments section in even local papers. To push an agenda. Easy and basically free.

Some parties really like this.


Good grief!
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm
Good grief!, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm
6 people like this

Let him run. Support him, so he will beat Harris and Newsom. A sure win for the Republican opponent.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm
21 people like this

Wonder if his sanctuary city policy will go over as well in Iowa as it did in California.


Robert Adam
Del Prado
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:34 pm
Robert Adam, Del Prado
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:34 pm
2 people like this

The entire Republican party is going to jail. E.S. would win even if he ran as a 100% communist. Time to restore the rule of law in this country.


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:47 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:47 pm
2 people like this

The reason that Swalwell is considering running for President and announcing it so early is that he knows that Trump is a deeply unpopular and weakened. Swalwell would not be doing this if Trump were a popular President and his administration were running smoothly.

In other news, Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen have both been found guilty of charges including tax evasion and campaign finance law violations. Yes, this is from a guy who claimed that he would be cleaning out the swamp. Looks like he’s neck-deep in the swamp. More yet to come.


steve
Country Fair
on Aug 23, 2018 at 1:46 pm
steve, Country Fair
on Aug 23, 2018 at 1:46 pm
15 people like this

Next time Swalwell goes to Iowa he needs to visit Mollie Tibbetts grave and pay his respects since he supports sanctuary cities and welcomes illegals in with open arms.


2nd Ammendment
Ruby Hill
on Aug 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
2nd Ammendment, Ruby Hill
on Aug 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
2 people like this

For those challenging his credentials: He got 70% of the vote. What don't people understand about landslide?


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 23, 2018 at 2:26 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 23, 2018 at 2:26 pm
2 people like this

2nd Amendment- are you suggesting that an under representative opinion/perspective/view doesn’t deserve special treatment to ensure representation in the voting system against a majority?


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm
5 people like this

@steve

That murder in Iowa occurred due to the fact that the individual guy who committed the act was evil. It has nothing more to do with the fact that he is an illegal immigrant than the the fact that the Colorado guy who recently murdered his wife and two young daughters is an all-American white guy.


DScott
Laguna Oaks
on Aug 23, 2018 at 4:49 pm
DScott, Laguna Oaks
on Aug 23, 2018 at 4:49 pm
5 people like this

Wow! look at all the Russians Posting on here! I seems the Russian Hacks have moved from Facebook and national news sites to local publications.
All the negative comments actually are spewing "nothing".
Not a single piece of information here. Not one bill you disagree with, not a single action Swalwell has taken that you are/were opposed too. All you saying on this comment board is that you are either generating propaganda or extremely gullible and severely uniformed about actual federal law and policy making.

Regarding Statuary Cities: Learn what that even is before you say you're against it. And don't say you "Know" because all you know is what propaganda you think you've heard.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 23, 2018 at 5:01 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 23, 2018 at 5:01 pm
2 people like this

"Statuary"


DScott
Laguna Oaks
on Aug 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm
DScott, Laguna Oaks
on Aug 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm
Like this comment

Dang iPhone Auto-Correct !


Kaitlyn
Laguna Oaks
on Aug 23, 2018 at 6:32 pm
Kaitlyn, Laguna Oaks
on Aug 23, 2018 at 6:32 pm
6 people like this

The people here who keep attacking Nancy Pelosi please explain to everyone here what exactly about Pelosi you despise so much. We're all ears.


Dan W.
San Ramon
on Aug 24, 2018 at 1:32 pm
Dan W., San Ramon
on Aug 24, 2018 at 1:32 pm
Like this comment

Give us a break. Don't embarrass yourself or insult our intelligence anymore than you already have.


Vic-tah
Registered user
Mission Park
on Aug 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm
Vic-tah, Mission Park
Registered user
on Aug 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm
4 people like this

Sooooo many haters, sooooo many who support a racist, misogynist, environment destroying, education destroying champion of the 1% who want MORE MORE MORE MONEY, who shorted or refused to pay his contractors historically, who has filed for bankruptcy more than once, who is delusional and who is a stranger to the truth. My god, are you people blind to the hate, collusion, conspiracy, lack of intellect, unawareness of history or of geography or even timezones who is showing increasing mental instability.

Yeah, but what about her e-mails? Gesh. You can't all be Russian trolls!!!


linda
Val Vista
on Aug 29, 2018 at 10:02 am
linda, Val Vista
on Aug 29, 2018 at 10:02 am
Like this comment

I really feel you need to learn how to be use full to your community. Where I stand you are just trying to do for yourself...You still have a lot to learn


WHO
Birdland
on Aug 29, 2018 at 11:20 am
WHO, Birdland
on Aug 29, 2018 at 11:20 am
Like this comment

"My god, are you people blind to the hate, collusion, conspiracy, lack of intellect, unawareness of history or of geography or even timezones who is showing increasing mental instability." Are you talking about the Clintons and the Clinton foundation?


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 29, 2018 at 12:17 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 29, 2018 at 12:17 pm
2 people like this

@WHO

The Clintons are gone. The subject now is a three-time married, multiple-time adulterer who bought abuses his charitable foundation by doing things like buying himself a $15K Tim Teebow helmet with his foundation's funds. Try to defend that without deflecting. Really funny that you Trump supporters thought that this guy was someone who was going to clean up the swamp. Trump is neck-deep in the swamp.


Russian Trolls?
Downtown
on Aug 29, 2018 at 3:46 pm
Russian Trolls?, Downtown
on Aug 29, 2018 at 3:46 pm
Like this comment

Help me understand which Russians you are talking about. The ones who were trying to manipulate us to vote for Trump or the ones who manipulated us to vote for Clinton?

And what do Trump and Clinton have to do with the opinion people have about Swalwell's ability to be an effective president?


BrendanForCongress
Registered user
another community
on Aug 31, 2018 at 11:00 am
BrendanForCongress, another community
Registered user
on Aug 31, 2018 at 11:00 am
1 person likes this

Sad to see from the comments section how divisive politics has made us. In watching a bit of John McCain's memorial service I didn't hear anyone say, "Boy what a great Republican he was." I didn't watch it all, maybe someone focused on his party affiliation, but I have to believe when our time comes people will focus on the important things.

About Eric's desires to be POTUS...

Eric can run for President if he chooses, but as a practical matter doing so will distract him from serving Dist 15. To some that won't matter. To others it will. Livermore Labs has lost $100M in funding on Eric's watch. We've not received any of the BART funds promised when Eric promoted Measure BB to expand BART to Livermore. He's spending a lot of time on his self promotion and publicity as well as campaigning out of state. I believe Dist 15 deserves a congressional representative who will focus on the district. The letter after their name (D), (R) or (I) is less important to me.


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 31, 2018 at 12:58 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 31, 2018 at 12:58 pm
2 people like this

@BrendanForCongress :"He's spending a lot of time on his self promotion and publicity as well as campaigning out of state."

How's Trump doing? Last I read, he was holding a political rally for himself in Indiana. You know, self promotion and publicity stuff.


Mitch
another community
on Aug 31, 2018 at 2:32 pm
Mitch, another community
on Aug 31, 2018 at 2:32 pm
5 people like this

Hey Doug,

This thread is about Swalwell and his presidential pipe dream.

I know in your world everything is either Trump or Not Trump, A or B, Black or White, but it IS possible to go 5 minutes without letting Trump dominate your everything.


Doug
Birdland
on Aug 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Aug 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm
6 people like this

@Mitch

I see. So you're saying that the fact that the current President may be "spending a lot of time on his self promotion and publicity as well as campaigning out of state" doesn't matter, but that other people who want to challenge him for the Presidency should be held to a higher standard.

Gotcha.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 31, 2018 at 4:11 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 31, 2018 at 4:11 pm
3 people like this

Trump is tending to his constituents.
Swalwell is not tending to his constituents.


Me
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2018 at 3:52 pm
Me , Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2018 at 3:52 pm
1 person likes this

@ Michael Austin - and Vladamir appreciates being Trump's chief constituent


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 4, 2018 at 6:12 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 4, 2018 at 6:12 pm
2 people like this

President trump has sent over 100 Billion federal dollars in disaster aid to the State of California in two short years.

Our own congressman Eric Swalwell has sent ZERO federal dollars to his home district or the state of California over the last six long years.

I have more, don't go away.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm
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While Eric Swawell, along with his mentor Nancy Pelosi, continue to stumble over the dead bodies of Mollie Tibbetts, Kate Stainley, and hundreds of other innocent American victims whom have been murdered by illegal immigrants.

Swalwell and Pelosi continue to embrace the illegal immigrants, to welcome them with open arms, with ongoing, outpouring, generous support, using innocent American (soon to be additional victims) tax payer money.

Above comment was published in letter to the editor 08/31/2018.


SHale99
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San Ramon
on Sep 4, 2018 at 7:15 pm
SHale99, San Ramon
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on Sep 4, 2018 at 7:15 pm
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Michael: Safe to say you don't vote for him. But, I wonder, have you checked the margins of his victories? Safe bet a minority of voters DON'T vote for him.

And he'll win again, but same margin I'll bet.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 4, 2018 at 11:25 pm
Pleasanton Parent , Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 4, 2018 at 11:25 pm
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Shale,
Are you suggesting that the minority opinion is not deserving of special treatment to ensure its heard or represented in politics?


SHale99
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San Ramon
on Sep 5, 2018 at 9:55 am
SHale99, San Ramon
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on Sep 5, 2018 at 9:55 am
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PP: Nope. I'm suggesting those who didn't vote or won't vote for Swalwell note the margins of his 'wins'. The 2/3 majority spoke and what is represented here, in this nice safe sandbox, is the clear minority.

And they should also note the margin of his next win.

Just saying. Facts matter, yeah?

and yeah, I noticed your heavy sarcasm. Good job.


Mitch
another community
on Sep 5, 2018 at 11:00 am
Mitch, another community
on Sep 5, 2018 at 11:00 am
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You might have noticed incumbent congressmen get re-elected at an incredibly high rate, while congress as a whole has abysmal approval ratings.

Winning an election is one thing. Being a good representative for your district is another.

To use winning an election as evidence he is doing a good job is delusional at best. He is an incumbent in a non-competitive district. He is supposed to win.

Meanwhile transportation sucks, housing is a joke, the wars continue, schools slip further, the opioid epidemic gets worse, and Eric is too busy focused on the Russian boogeyman to say or do anything about it.


Doug
Birdland
on Sep 5, 2018 at 11:25 am
Doug, Birdland
on Sep 5, 2018 at 11:25 am
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@Mitch

“Meanwhile transportation sucks...” True

“....housing is a joke,..”. Not a joke for renters, or for homeowners - who are making out well

“... the wars continue...” That’s more up to the President than a Congressman

“, schools slip further...”. In Pleasanton? Don’t think so.

“, the opioid epidemic gets worse..” And what do you think that Congress should do about that?

“, and Eric is too busy focused on the Russian boogeyman ...”. Not a Russian boogeyman. Trump has publicly admiited (in a tweet, of course) that his campaign associates including his son did indeed meet with Russians in Trump Tower for the purpose of getting dirt on Hillary, not for the purpose of discussing “Russian adoptions” as was originally claimed. So we’ve already moved past that point. Try to keep up. The line that Trump is now using is “collusion (with a hostile power intent on undermining the US) is not a crime”.


SHale99
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San Ramon
on Sep 6, 2018 at 9:22 am
SHale99, San Ramon
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on Sep 6, 2018 at 9:22 am
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and yet pretty much nobody ever mentions congressional approval ratings are lower than Trumps.

Term limits would go a long way to fix THAT.

For Swalwell, tho. He will win in Nov and I suspect by same margins he has previously. And the naysayers here will just continue to whine they live in a Blue state, Blue area. Oh well.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm
Pleasanton Parent , Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm
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No issue living in a blue state. Issue is with elected officials, swalwell specifically, pursuing personal agendas over representing the people and area he was elected to represent.


SHale99
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San Ramon
on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:45 am
SHale99, San Ramon
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on Sep 7, 2018 at 9:45 am
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PP: key word you used was 'elected'. Swalwell's margins were clear mandates and he'll win again in Nov...easily.

Is he positioning himself for future Prez run, sure why not. Right this second don't think he's viable...even as a VP.

Now if we just had a viable 3rd political party....


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