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Rep. Swalwell ends presidential campaign, vows to seek re-election to Congress

Tri-Valley Congressman becomes first serious Democratic candidate to bow out of a crowded field

Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell officially ended his presidential bid on Monday after three months of campaigning, becoming the first serious Democratic candidate to bow out of the crowded field.

Announcing his decision during a press conference on Monday in Dublin, the 38-year-old legislator said he will instead seek a fifth term in California’s 15th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It’s really a personal decision. We looked at the upcoming debate, the September debate, and we had money in our account to try and qualify for the upcoming debate. But we believe that even if we had done that… it just wouldn't add up,” Swalwell said. “We wanted to be honest with ourselves and with our supporters. If there was a viable chance, I would not be standing here today. From day one, I was running to win.”

Swalwell further explained that after the first presidential debate last month, his polling and fundraising numbers had not improved in the way his team had hoped, and he “no longer saw a path forward” for his campaign.

“I want to thank, most importantly, my constituents. The only reason that a son of a cop who is the first in his family to go to college would believe that he could run for president and alleviate the issue of gun violence is because I am around people who have the spirit of risk taking and learning from their failures and turning them into successes,” he added.

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Since announcing his candidacy in April, Swalwell made government transparency, education and healthcare central pillars of his campaign, but ending gun violence and enforcing gun reforms were the cornerstones of his campaign.

Swalwell made an appearance on the second night of Democratic presidential debates in Miami, where he was unable to make the impact his campaign needed while going toe-to-toe with more prominent party candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But he said there was a silver lining to his appearance.

“(We’ve) moved the needle on the debate stage on an issue that I was very passionate about. I believe that every candidate should pledge that they would support a ban and buyback of the 15 million assault weapons in our country. And on the one opportunity I had to do that, our three front runners that were on the stage with me … all three said that they support me,” he said.

Throughout the course of his campaign, there was wide speculation in the East Bay that Swalwell would not seek re-election to his congressional seat if he decided to run for president, a sentiment that he explained was not strictly true.

“I said that I wouldn’t seek both. Our attorneys have told us that you can ruin for both (but) that decision wouldn’t have to come until December and if we were still running in December I wouldn’t seek both,” he said, adding that he is excited to continue working in the district.

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Since unseating longtime congressman and fellow Democrat Pete Stark in November 2012, Swalwell has won his reelection bids with ease, consistently defeating challengers by large margins of double digit percentage points.

Hayward City Councilwoman Aisha Wahab will look to challenge that streak however, having announced her bid for the Tri-Valley’s 15th Congressional District shortly after Swalwell’s presidential campaign began in April.

"Our community is changing rapidly. Many people in our community are struggling to remain in the Bay Area and find good jobs that pay a living wage. We live in one of the wealthiest regions of the country, yet many people in our community cannot afford to see a doctor when they are sick." Wahab said in a statement that was released April 12. “It is time for one of us to fight for all of us in Congress.”

Wahab is a self described community organizer, former foster child, nonprofit director, millennial and says she was the first Afghan-American woman to be elected to public office in the United States.

Swalwell said he hasn’t spoken to Wahab yet but respects anyone who makes the decision to run for office.

“I welcome anyone who wants to run. I think it's what makes our country great, is that ideas are tested. I expect there will be other people who may consider running too,” he added.

Over concerns that his national campaign would have hurt his standing with local voters, Swalwell said he hopes voters will see that “the issues that I ran on nationally are the issues of the district.”

“People in our district have student loan debt. Our district is seeing sea levels rise that can affect communities. Our district sends our kids to schools and worries about their safety,” he said.

The congressman added that he doesn’t take anything for granted and he is going to continue to be an active member of his community.

“I don't take anything for granted,” he said. “I’m going to go right after this meeting to meet with constituents about immigration and the border (and) we have a town hall coming up in about two weeks ... I beat a 40-year incumbent in 2012 who had taken the district for granted.”

When asked if he would do anything differently in his presidential campaign, Swalwell gave a quick “no,” but reversed course, saying: “I would have taken my kids out with us (more), they were really popular,” he laughed, “I should have brought them out more.”

Swalwell added that he is not yet ready to officially endorse a candidate to oppose President Donald Trump, but said Democrats will “need a candidate who is tested because Donald Trump is the best political puncher ever.”

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Rep. Swalwell ends presidential campaign, vows to seek re-election to Congress

Tri-Valley Congressman becomes first serious Democratic candidate to bow out of a crowded field

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Jul 8, 2019, 2:29 pm
Updated: Mon, Jul 8, 2019, 3:46 pm

Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell officially ended his presidential bid on Monday after three months of campaigning, becoming the first serious Democratic candidate to bow out of the crowded field.

Announcing his decision during a press conference on Monday in Dublin, the 38-year-old legislator said he will instead seek a fifth term in California’s 15th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It’s really a personal decision. We looked at the upcoming debate, the September debate, and we had money in our account to try and qualify for the upcoming debate. But we believe that even if we had done that… it just wouldn't add up,” Swalwell said. “We wanted to be honest with ourselves and with our supporters. If there was a viable chance, I would not be standing here today. From day one, I was running to win.”

Swalwell further explained that after the first presidential debate last month, his polling and fundraising numbers had not improved in the way his team had hoped, and he “no longer saw a path forward” for his campaign.

“I want to thank, most importantly, my constituents. The only reason that a son of a cop who is the first in his family to go to college would believe that he could run for president and alleviate the issue of gun violence is because I am around people who have the spirit of risk taking and learning from their failures and turning them into successes,” he added.

Since announcing his candidacy in April, Swalwell made government transparency, education and healthcare central pillars of his campaign, but ending gun violence and enforcing gun reforms were the cornerstones of his campaign.

Swalwell made an appearance on the second night of Democratic presidential debates in Miami, where he was unable to make the impact his campaign needed while going toe-to-toe with more prominent party candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But he said there was a silver lining to his appearance.

“(We’ve) moved the needle on the debate stage on an issue that I was very passionate about. I believe that every candidate should pledge that they would support a ban and buyback of the 15 million assault weapons in our country. And on the one opportunity I had to do that, our three front runners that were on the stage with me … all three said that they support me,” he said.

Throughout the course of his campaign, there was wide speculation in the East Bay that Swalwell would not seek re-election to his congressional seat if he decided to run for president, a sentiment that he explained was not strictly true.

“I said that I wouldn’t seek both. Our attorneys have told us that you can ruin for both (but) that decision wouldn’t have to come until December and if we were still running in December I wouldn’t seek both,” he said, adding that he is excited to continue working in the district.

Since unseating longtime congressman and fellow Democrat Pete Stark in November 2012, Swalwell has won his reelection bids with ease, consistently defeating challengers by large margins of double digit percentage points.

Hayward City Councilwoman Aisha Wahab will look to challenge that streak however, having announced her bid for the Tri-Valley’s 15th Congressional District shortly after Swalwell’s presidential campaign began in April.

"Our community is changing rapidly. Many people in our community are struggling to remain in the Bay Area and find good jobs that pay a living wage. We live in one of the wealthiest regions of the country, yet many people in our community cannot afford to see a doctor when they are sick." Wahab said in a statement that was released April 12. “It is time for one of us to fight for all of us in Congress.”

Wahab is a self described community organizer, former foster child, nonprofit director, millennial and says she was the first Afghan-American woman to be elected to public office in the United States.

Swalwell said he hasn’t spoken to Wahab yet but respects anyone who makes the decision to run for office.

“I welcome anyone who wants to run. I think it's what makes our country great, is that ideas are tested. I expect there will be other people who may consider running too,” he added.

Over concerns that his national campaign would have hurt his standing with local voters, Swalwell said he hopes voters will see that “the issues that I ran on nationally are the issues of the district.”

“People in our district have student loan debt. Our district is seeing sea levels rise that can affect communities. Our district sends our kids to schools and worries about their safety,” he said.

The congressman added that he doesn’t take anything for granted and he is going to continue to be an active member of his community.

“I don't take anything for granted,” he said. “I’m going to go right after this meeting to meet with constituents about immigration and the border (and) we have a town hall coming up in about two weeks ... I beat a 40-year incumbent in 2012 who had taken the district for granted.”

When asked if he would do anything differently in his presidential campaign, Swalwell gave a quick “no,” but reversed course, saying: “I would have taken my kids out with us (more), they were really popular,” he laughed, “I should have brought them out more.”

Swalwell added that he is not yet ready to officially endorse a candidate to oppose President Donald Trump, but said Democrats will “need a candidate who is tested because Donald Trump is the best political puncher ever.”

Comments

Student at AV
Amador Valley High School
on Jul 8, 2019 at 3:03 pm
Student at AV, Amador Valley High School
on Jul 8, 2019 at 3:03 pm
14 people like this

Oh boy, I can't WAIT for these comments...


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 8, 2019 at 4:59 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 8, 2019 at 4:59 pm
40 people like this

maybe now he can focus on the job he was elected to do and still hasn't......maybe...??


As Instructed
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:06 pm
As Instructed, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:06 pm
8 people like this

So someone’s staff finally made a call to Eric’s office to let him know it was time to stand down and make way for Kamala.


Pete Malloy
Birdland
on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:32 pm
Pete Malloy, Birdland
on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:32 pm
28 people like this

That’s the way Swalwell, when the going gets tough you quit. Just what the leader of this country needs, a quitter. You don’t have the guts or leadership qualities to lead a parade let alone this country. Now do the right thing and resign as the rep from this district and let the adults get to work.


Joey
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm
Joey, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm
35 people like this

Seems like the rest of the country figured him out before we did. I suspect this was his plan all along, build up his war chest of cash, bow out and use it also get name recognition for a later run at Dianne’s seat.

For me, I will vote for anyone but him...


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 8, 2019 at 10:31 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 8, 2019 at 10:31 pm
33 people like this

He was polling at 0% in the Nationals.

Seems about right.

>snicker<


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 9, 2019 at 8:15 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 9, 2019 at 8:15 am
17 people like this

“(We’ve) moved the needle on the debate stage on an issue that I was very passionate about. I believe that every candidate should pledge that they would support a ban and buyback of the 15 million assault weapons in our country. And on the one opportunity I had to do that, our three front runners that were on the stage with me … all three said that they support me,” he said.


The needle has been moved alright - right off the deep end. The so called buyback plan is not voluntary, criminals will simply ignore it, and what law abiding citizens own does not belong to the government to begin with.

It was only a few years ago that anyone suggesting the government wanting to confiscate firearms from the law abiding was a conspiracy theorist. Thanks Swalwell for being upfront about what people have suspected for years. I'm sure the voters in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Colorado, and Wisconsin will be pleased to hear exactly that from Democrat "front runners" who want to be the next President.

It will be amusing to see this "buyback" measure being predictably spun by media outlets/supporters as a "common sense gun safety" and/or "violence prevention" measure that does not affect the 2nd Amendment. Complete nonsense. It makes no sense to confiscate property from those having nothing to do with violence, it will turn millions of citizens into criminals overnight, it does not "prevent" anything, and good luck getting a coherent answer from so called progressive politicians as to what an "assault weapon" really is.


Nicki
Registered user
Jensen Tract
on Jul 9, 2019 at 9:33 am
Nicki, Jensen Tract
Registered user
on Jul 9, 2019 at 9:33 am
27 people like this

Wait, wait, wait. He said he wouldn't run for Congress again. ..Now it is that the decision would be made before December..Sort of a flip-flop???? or maybe just the usual political speak.

He said he wouldn't run for Congress again..NONE OF THIS equivocal spin!!!


Bruce
Foothill Farms
on Jul 9, 2019 at 9:37 am
Bruce, Foothill Farms
on Jul 9, 2019 at 9:37 am
6 people like this

The issue is just not "alleviate the issue of gun violence ". The issue is violence in our society in its many different forms.. Gun violence is one part of it. Portrayals of violence in movies, gaming and television. Violence especially against those less able to defend themselves such as woman, the elder, the very young and especially the unborn. When we start to address violence in all forms, then it will make a difference, not just when we single out one form and ignore others.


Charlie Brown
Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 9, 2019 at 9:43 am
Charlie Brown, Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 9, 2019 at 9:43 am
31 people like this

Eric is correct, he did move the needle, as usual he is only partially correct, as tbe needle he moved was the needle on the laugh meter each time he made one of the myriad of his laughable statements, e.g. "I will be bold without the BULL", enough said!


As Instructed
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:04 am
As Instructed, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:04 am
30 people like this

Good point was brought up of his promise to not run for Congress again if he declared White House candidacy

But really, no one familiar with this guy would believe a word he says. After all he ran as a moderate that was poised to end the partisans strife that plagued the Stark years.


tim
Castlewood
on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:24 am
tim, Castlewood
on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:24 am
3 people like this

will the republic survive?


steve
Country Fair
on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:34 am
steve, Country Fair
on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:34 am
25 people like this

This stunt was only to get visibility statewide for Diane's seat. Now he can go back to his part time job as our Congressman.....on CNN and MSNBC.


Diane
Birdland
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm
Diane, Birdland
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm
12 people like this

Delighted he will be back running to continue to represent our district! Glad too, that he put a national spotlight on the critically needed issue of gun control.


Fed up
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Fed up, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:20 pm
16 people like this

Don't understand how confiscating weapons including those belonging to law abiding citizens would stop the criminals with guns. Horrible tragedy that a young 16 year old boy was shot and killed last night at the Taco Bell and the police are searching for the murderer - 21 year old Livermore resident Jorge Luis Tellez.


Vic-tah
Registered user
Mission Park
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm
Vic-tah, Mission Park
Registered user
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm
3 people like this

Oh yes, the haters are out again. And why does anyone need an assault rifle. Go get your kicks on the shooting range that offers a chance to rip through tin cans. You got one? It could be stolen by someone who then goes to rip through innocent beautiful children at Valley View or PMS. Remember Sandy Hook. You and your guns....


Disk Man
another community
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm
Disk Man, another community
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm
24 people like this

Swalwell pulling out just breaks your heart - NOT!

Obvious that Swalwell quickly figured out that the only place he can get financial support is where the majority of the electorate is far-left-wing wackos. The Bay Area certainly fills that bill. California does as well, but there will likely be other candidates running for Feinstein's seat when she retires, that will get the Metro LA vote and hence the seat.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:04 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:04 pm
23 people like this

Vic-tah,

Nobody except the military and some police forces 'legally' has "assault rifles". What they have are rifles that LOOK like assault rifles.

Big difference.

If you'd take just 5 minutes and look up facts about weapons (guns), you'd know this.


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm
11 people like this

O"h yes, the haters are out again. And why does anyone need an assault rifle. Go get your kicks on the shooting range that offers a chance to rip through tin cans. You got one? It could be stolen by someone who then goes to rip through innocent beautiful children at Valley View or PMS. Remember Sandy Hook. You and your guns.... "


Guns "cause" violence, the people who misuse/steal them are "victims", and you are "in favor" of kids being killed if you don't want to ban/confiscate them from law abiding people doing nothing wrong with them. Any of this sound vaguely familiar?

Actually, it sounds silly. Why do we "need" to vote for/support politicians who promote this nonsensical approach to crime/violence? You and your "progressive" (regressive) policies...


zolli
Country Fair
on Jul 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm
zolli, Country Fair
on Jul 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm
23 people like this

The best news of the day! Maybe he can get a paper route in our district...good luck Swalwell No vote for him on anything Happy travels on the paper route


Lin
Downtown
on Jul 9, 2019 at 6:59 pm
Lin, Downtown
on Jul 9, 2019 at 6:59 pm
7 people like this

Wondering how much money Steyer gave him to quiet........


D
Registered user
Foothill High School
on Jul 10, 2019 at 12:14 am
D, Foothill High School
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2019 at 12:14 am
12 people like this

Lin,

As if Swalwell was a threat to *anyone* running. Not even close.


D
Registered user
Foothill High School
on Jul 10, 2019 at 12:21 am
D, Foothill High School
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2019 at 12:21 am
14 people like this

Bruce,

Yes! I don't understand how "progressives" don't understand that guns are about the only things that give women, the elderly, etc. the potential to ward off an attacker and actually protect themselves. Guns are the great equalizer.

Women: get a gun and learn how to use it. You'll be amazed how much safer you feel. Good luck getting a permit to carry in Kalifornia though.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 10, 2019 at 12:32 am
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 10, 2019 at 12:32 am
4 people like this

Large numbers of gun owners who have their guns stolen. Part of the solution or part of the problem?

“Gun Theft From Legal Owners Is on the Rise, Quietly Fueling Violent Crime Across America”

“"It is devastating our communities," says one ATF official”

“Hundreds of thousands of firearms stolen from the homes and vehicles of legal owners are flowing each year into underground markets, and the numbers are rising. Those weapons often end up in the hands of people prohibited from possessing guns. Many are later used to injure and kill.”
NBC Philadelphia : Web Link
. . . . .


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 10, 2019 at 6:46 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2019 at 6:46 am
8 people like this

"Large numbers of gun owners who have their guns stolen. Part of the solution or part of the problem?“Gun Theft From Legal Owners Is on the Rise, Quietly Fueling Violent Crime Across America”


The predictable left wing response of legal gun owners being "accomplices" and the perpetrators of violence (criminals) being the "victims".. again.

Not part of the solution. Part of the problem that will lead to more ineffective "safety" legislation directed at those who have nothing to do with the problem. Last time I checked theft of firearms was already against the law - and violent crime is just a little more complicated than the presence of guns being around. Still waiting for all of the "wild west shootouts" gun control supporters guaranteed were going to take place when more states issued permits for people to legally carry firearms.


Orca
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2019 at 8:15 am
Orca, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2019 at 8:15 am
9 people like this

L-O-S-E-R and losers will continue to believe his big mouth and re-elect him because he needs a job. And so does his close friends-----on our dime!


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 10, 2019 at 8:28 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2019 at 8:28 am
14 people like this

"Yes! I don't understand how "progressives" don't understand that guns are about the only things that give women, the elderly, etc. the potential to ward off an attacker and actually protect themselves. Guns are the great equalizer."


Understand them? They want more government control/power over the citizens and less individual freedoms. Ignore their poll tested/harmless sounding "common sense gun safety" claims and vote them out of office. If you do not, they will make legal firearms ownership (and self defense) prohibitive for all but the most financially/politically well off.

Look what happened in Washington DC (where gun control supporters got their way) as it related to legal gun possession/usage before the Supreme Court got involved and how the "progressive" justices wanted to keep the situation exactly "as is". Try getting a CCW in any Bay Area county even if you are willing and able to complete the background checks/training programs.


James Michael
Registered user
Val Vista
on Jul 10, 2019 at 10:33 am
James Michael, Val Vista
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2019 at 10:33 am
17 people like this

MichaelB
Don't try to make sense of anything the liberal/radical left proposes...they are senseless.
It's not just firearms they want to prohibit but they also restrict and prohibit non-lethal defense weapons and ammo. In a state with open borders and sanctuary they want us to be defenseless. My friends say..."the police will protect you" and I say the police can't protect anybody unless they just happen to be there. And since this county is pretty much anti-police I don't expect much. Remember...YOU ARE THE FIRST RESPONDER.


As Instructed
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2019 at 2:33 pm
As Instructed, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2019 at 2:33 pm
7 people like this

Ironically, Doug fits in with many of Eric’s cored voters who came from, or have parents from, countries with laws inherited from British colonial laws designed for subjects rather than citizens, or communist countries. They have a background in obeying without question. What’s Doug’s excuse wanting to turn the US into something that this country expressly rebelled against?


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 10, 2019 at 3:29 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 10, 2019 at 3:29 pm
3 people like this

@As Instructed :”Ironically, Doug fits in with many of Eric’s cored voters....”

Swalwell won his last election against Republican Rudy Peters by a margin of 73% of the votes versus 27% of the votes. Yup, Swalwell got almost 3-times as many votes as his opponent.

Just sayin’.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:01 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:01 pm
19 people like this

Doug,
That wasn't a vote for Swalwell, that was a vote against Trump. Similar event with Baker. Apparently a productive Republican public servant is held more accountable for their party's other members than their actual contributions to the position they were elected to perform.

Similar sentiment, different example. Its more damning to be a Republican in California than it is to be an illegal immigrant that commits murder in public in California.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm
1 person likes this

@Pleasanton Parent

You do have a point in that many independent voters such as myself have decided to go “full nuclear” against any and all Republican candidates for their party’s decision to abandon conservative values and instead become the party of Trump. The only thing that could have saved Rudy Peters was if he had disavowed Trump.


PleasantonTaxpayer
Highland Oaks
on Jul 10, 2019 at 11:43 pm
PleasantonTaxpayer, Highland Oaks
on Jul 10, 2019 at 11:43 pm
14 people like this

Someone wrote: “have decided to go “full nuclear” against any and all Republican candidates for their party’s decision to abandon conservative values and instead become the party of Trump”

This is the dumbest thing I’ve heard all week.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 6:42 am
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 6:42 am
7 people like this

Swalwell would be an infinitely better President than the mentally unbalanced person now in the White House.
You know that Trump is going completely loony toons when even Fox News is running stories with titles like this:

“Trump rails against ‘Fake News’ in bizarre tirade, warns industry will fold when he leaves office”
Fox News: Web Link
. . . .


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:04 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:04 am
14 people like this

You wanna know how bad a candidate is Swalwell? Marianne Williamson is STILL in the race for the democratic nomination and Swalwell isn't.

LOL!

You cannot make this stuff up.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:07 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:07 am
12 people like this

"Swalwell would be an infinitely better President than the mentally unbalanced person now in the White House."

Right there in one sentence is the rebuttal against legalizing marijauna in the State of California.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:37 am
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:37 am
6 people like this

“Trump rails against ‘Fake News’ in BIZARRE TIRADE, warns industry will fold when he leaves office”
FOX NEWS: Web Link

Right there in one FOX NEWS story title is a rebuttal against anyone claiming that Trump is mentally stable.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:38 am
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:38 am
7 people like this

Dan, I am fascinated by those, and admittedly in relatively large numbers, who continue to support a man who displays every bad and petty behavior (including stating he could should someone and get away with it—the rest of the list is too long to bother with). If you think legal marijuana is a problem here, I’d like to know what his supporters across the country are smoking.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 11:33 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 11:33 am
15 people like this

Kathleen,

Bad behavior is in the eye of the beholder.

I'm old enough to remember the how every Republican President starting with Reagan was called a Nazi, Facist, Racist by the left and Democrats. George W. Bush was a kind and decent man (even though he had deeply flawed policies) and yet you on the left and Democrats called him a Nazi, racist, "McChimpy"...so on and so forth. He was pilloried in the media.

Now there is a fighter in the White House who doesn't take S--- from anyone and NOW you're all for decorum and niceties?

You (the left and Democrats) started this war and you can't stand someone using your own rules against you.

Tough.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 11:34 am
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 11:34 am
10 people like this

Oh and Kathleen, how's your retirement stock portfolio performing under Trumps economy?

Dow hit 27k today.

'But Trump says mean things!'

Silly. Just plain silly.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm
9 people like this

Funny how Trump is happy to claim full responsibility for the stock market when it goes up, while disavowing any responsibility for it when it goes down.

BTW, the S&P 500 tripled under Obama.

Just sayin’.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:06 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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Doug,

Tripling from the bottom of a market is hardly a feat.

But you know this already.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm
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Hahaha, Dan. Registered Republican. Doesn’t take S—? He starts most of it. Just today’s tweets should embarrass you. Redirecting from Epstein?


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:34 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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@DKHSK :”Tripling from the bottom of a market is hardly a feat.”

Oh, yeah. Good point, Dan. Reviving an economy which was in the midst of the biggest economic meltdown since the Great Depression on day 1 when Obama first stepped into the White House was easy-peasy.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Jul 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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Doug,
"Swalwell would be an infinitely better President than the mentally unbalanced person now in the White House."

What has Swalwell done for the people he represents today, to give any indication that he would be better than Trump? My point isn't whether you like or dislike Trump, my point is in either case Trump can point to specific things hes doing/done to address the interests of those that elected him (again, not saying you have to agree with those actions).

My point is, as an elected official who is supposed to represent our area, I can't point to a single thing Swalwell has done that I like, or dislike. His time in office has been an unsuccessful witch hunt and personal vendetta against Trump. He talks about guns, he talks about education, he talks about immigration.....no action. If he got elected tomorrow, and Trump goes away, what would he do - complain that Putin was elected the leader of Russia via Russian intervention? I'm serious, what has he delivered to the people he represents?


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm
2 people like this

Did anyone see Trump's twitter feed this morning?

Wow.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:09 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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@Pleasanton Parent :”What has Swalwell done for the people he represents today, to give any indication that he would be better than Trump?”

PP, I don’t think that you get my point, which is pretty surprising since I haven’t been exactly subtle in hammering the point in over and over and over again. The point isn’t so much that Swalwell has been shown thus far to be a great leader but that Donald Trump has shown himself to be a spectacularly inept and incompetent leader. How you could possibly be missing all of the signs of that is beyond me. But in case I have been too subtle with you and the point still hasn’t sunk in, here’s a list of quotes about Trump from many of his own Cabinet members, people who he himself personally hired:

Secretary of State Tillerson: Trump is a “moron".
National Security Advisor McMaster: Trump has the “intellect of a kindergartener".
National Economic Advisor Cohn: Trump has the “IQ of an inbred tanning bed".
Defense Secretary Mattis: Trump “has the understanding of ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader"
Head Administrator of EPA Pruitt: Trump is an “imbecile".
Deputy Chief of Staff Walsh: Working with Trump is “like trying to figure out what a child wants".
Chief of Staff John Kelly: “He's an idiot. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything. He's gone off the rails. We're in Crazytown!"



Doug
Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:21 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:21 pm
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@BobB

Not sure what part of this morning’s Trump twitter rant you’re referring to. All of it looks like a mess. Maybe you mean this part?:

“Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or Alfred E. Newman or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1/1024th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!“ - Donald Trump.

Yup, believe it or not, this was written by a President of the United States of America. This is why I’ve often written on these forums in full sincerity and without a trace of sarcasm that there are Pleasanton elementary school students who are more mature than the current President of the United States of America.


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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Doug
You're amplifying my point. Swalwell has done nothing to support his constituents. Nothing. His only notable accomplishment was defeating his predecessor in an environment that would vote for a flaming turd over a competent politician that happens to be a Republican.
I know you dont believe it but not all Republicans support Trump, being a Republican doesn't make you a racist or nazi, and it is possible to dissaprove of some things a cross party member does while approving of others. I dont like Nancy Pelosi, but even she has merits to tout that I can both approve of and disagree with, but in either case they actually exist. Again, where are Swalwells?


More of the same
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:22 pm
More of the same, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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Comparing the quotes from Trump's twitter feed to the comments on this blog - all looks the same to me.

A bunch of rambling, hate filled jerks.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:23 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
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on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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"Doesn’t take S—? He starts most of it."

Got any proof of this accusation?

Sincerely.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:25 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
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on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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"Reviving the economy."

Ummm...with which policy? "Shovel-ready jobs?"

I'll await the specific policies that revived the economy...from the housing crash...which is what caused it in the first place.

Again, I'll wait.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:31 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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“Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or Alfred E. Newman or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1/1024th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!“ - Donald Trump.

LOL!

I love when he trolls the left and the media (I repeat myself).

The joke is on you and none of you are getting it!

How's it feel to be made fun of on a consistent basis, then come on here and do the exact thing that he accuses you of doing?

LOVE IT!

Your tears and lack of humor are delicious.


DKHSK
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:46 pm
DKHSK, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jul 11, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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"A bunch of rambling, hate filled jerks."

Nothing says 'hate' like someone name-calling right out of the gate.

Self-owned and completely oblivious.


Doug
Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 5:02 pm
Doug, Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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@DKHSK :”I love when he trolls the left and the media (I repeat myself). The joke is on you and none of you are getting it!”

¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Donald Trump
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 5:38 pm
Donald Trump, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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What a wonderful public forum!

I'm going to add this to my social media interaction, right after my morning twitters and Fox News Review.

I'm glad the people of Pleasanton are supporting me as President.

Make America Great Again!

Your favorite prez - with much love back to you all - Donald


BobB
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 6:39 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
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on Jul 11, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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Not dignified. Not at all presidential.


alfred
Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:45 pm
alfred, Birdland
on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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you people need to give it up. none of you are going to change your or anyone elses mind. do you just get off on insulting each other. it is quite entertaining though. kind of like the three stooges or laurel and hardy.


Patriot
Birdland
on Jul 12, 2019 at 9:39 am
Patriot , Birdland
on Jul 12, 2019 at 9:39 am
1 person likes this

Wow so much chatter on politics...Where is the concern for our Costco? Or a new school in Pleasanton! Not much interest in that or information.


buklau
Avila
on Jul 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm
buklau, Avila
on Jul 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm
14 people like this

Kamala Harris will win the DNC by promising reparations, sanctuary cities, and banning straws...

Then she was get destroyed by Trump in November 2020.


Ron
Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 12, 2019 at 4:42 pm
Ron, Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 12, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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Hopefully Swalwell will have some competition if he is planning on getting reelected. He has done absolutely nothing for district 15 except travel around the country and parts of the world. He has never worried about his constituents unless they are old friends or union members that fill his campaign purses. He dropped this district like a hot potato so he could tag along on Pelosi's skirt tale. Sad fact is he probably will get reelected due to the amount of money he can raise and spend. Would not doubt if he gets funded by Soros types. Should be interesting in the months to come to watch this traveling circus.....


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm
Pleasanton Parent , Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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Finally got it! Straight from Mr swalwell himself

2 "reintroduced" Bills....aka I didn't write them, they failed then, they failed now. 0 credits

1 co-sponsored bill. Couldn't do it alone. I'd give full credit if it didn't have a private sector union influence hook in it. 1/2 credit.

1 self written bill (congratulations on this milestone)....but for tuition forgiveness for public sector workers....fail, way to take care of your own. O credits

1 self written bill on assault weapon buyback. Now while I dont agree this is the cause of the problem nor do I think it would actually move the needle on preventing an attack I'll give full credit for putting forth effort and a tion. I actually think swalwell believes in this and is acting on it. While this may speak to his deductive reasoning (ok -1/4 credit), credit for authenticity and action. 3/4 credit

Opened lending library in district office....only min away from Castro valley library....yeah ok, way to solve a non problem. 0 credit

Honored 8 appointees at reception....this is his accomplishment relative to his fellow veterans...shaking hands...no va bill sponsorship, but you want a croissant and a attaboy swalwell is your man. 0 credits

1.25/7

Swalwell you fail in your own self assessment, never mind the list of non accomplishments.


Dave
Vintage Hills
on Jul 22, 2019 at 3:50 pm
Dave, Vintage Hills
on Jul 22, 2019 at 3:50 pm
2 people like this

This guy has to be a joke right? He is the emptiest of empty suits. His fixation on Trump is only out done by his complete lack of self awareness. I wouldn't hire this dude to mow my lawn. If you guys re-elect this do-nothing airhead, it is on YOU. I would vote for a flat out socialist/communist over this moron. Can I ask our Rep. to have over a 70 IQ.....not much to ask......pretty please.


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