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Swalwell holds presidential campaign rally in hometown at Dublin High

More than 1,000 residents attend local congressman's kickoff rally

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) formally announced his campaign for U.S. President on Monday. (photo by Ryan J. Degan)

In his bid for the highest elected position in the United States, Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell doesn't want to hear about the odds, and neither do his supporters.

After announcing his candidacy on the "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Swalwell joined a deep field of Democrats who have thrown their hats into the ring, and in order to help grow his recognition, the 38-year-old Dublin native held a hometown rally to drum up support last Sunday.

"Now I know that the mountain I face is steep. You may have heard there are a few other Democrats interested in the job. Most of them have more name recognition right now than I do, at least outside this city," Rep. Swalwell said at his campaign rally held at his alma mater, Dublin High School. "That probably should discourage me, it may discourage you... (but) I've got you, we've got each other and we can do this."

As of Sunday, 19 Democrats from across the country have announced their candidacy for President, many of which have been serving in the political world for much longer than Swalwell -- resulting in many referring to the fourth term congressman as a long-shot candidate. But Swalwell's enthusiasm, as well as that of his supporters present on Sunday, does not seem to have been dampened by this label.

"The first day I met him I decided this was a young man who was going to do great things in the community and has a passion for helping people," Danville Town Councilman Newell Arnerich told the Weekly. "And as you know when he ran against all odds against the party to run for Congress and won big. You know he really is bold."

More than 1,000 residents gathered for the hometown rally, where Swalwell spoke about a variety of pressing issues he will address if elected President, chief among those being affordable healthcare and college tuition, government integrity and possibly his biggest focus, gun legislation.

The crowd showed a diversity in the age of his supporters, many of whom were high school and college students or senior citizens.

"I believe in a lot of the things he believes in and it's my dream to go into politics ... people should vote for Eric because he is what the Democrats need," said Anya Gewirtz, a 16-year-old Amador Valley High School student volunteering for Swalwell's campaign. "I feel like he is very genuine in what he is saying ... And I feel like that's a good sign for his ability to connect with the American people and all different types of voters."

Swalwell has already had a busy campaign season, having also visited South Carolina, Iowa and Florida, Nevada and New Hampshire in the week-plus after announcing his presidential candidacy.

And speculation is building about the future of his congressional seat.

Though focused on his presidential campaign, Swalwell hasn't confirmed which position he'll formally file election papers for -- a decision likely due closer to December's filing deadline and dependent upon the momentum of his White House bid.

Still, first-year Hayward City Councilwoman Aisha Wahab last week announced her candidacy for the 15th Congressional District seat, the first candidate to officially declare since Swalwell's presidential bid.

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36 people like this
Posted by Lupe Ramon
a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:38 am

I drove by the high school parking lot during the rally. It wasn't even half full, and that's his home town.


43 people like this
Posted by What!
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 15, 2019 at 9:04 am

Who is going to vote for this joke?


35 people like this
Posted by Westerner
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 15, 2019 at 9:12 am

Swalwell corruption. Web Link


40 people like this
Posted by Jim
a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2019 at 11:08 am

So tired of the Russian Collusion extremism that he's been showing. He's one of the worst at spreading the false narrative. Very poor judgement or party before country ideology.


31 people like this
Posted by agendas high succubi
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 15, 2019 at 11:57 am

There are three types of liars:
Liars
Damn Liars
and
Politicians

Swalwell is a liar of the highest magnitude. I have first hand knowledge of the things he will lie about to get elected. There are too many lies to list here, but he looked me straight in my eyes and lied to me. Vote this liar out as soon as we can. He is a duplicitous as they come.

We can do so much better. Running for Pres., this is laughing stock material!


2 people like this
Posted by Believer
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm

What's wrong with the people here - he is promising. This was my first time...His Russia belief is his opinion based on his DA experience - it's a simple reason based, he is not judging. Guns are bad. We all need some respite on tuitions and healthcare.
And the parking lot was full - so someone just lied up here....


39 people like this
Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2019 at 5:14 pm

Rick is a registered user.

Rep. Swalwell - a follower with limited apparent credibility or achievement who has never done anything that requires courage. I can't believe people of conscience who can come to a considered opinion wouldn't laugh this guy out of the lib/neoprog circus tent.


37 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 15, 2019 at 9:11 pm

Swalwell was a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County. A District Attorney.

Yet, without facts, he claimed that President Trump is an agent for the Russians. Swalwell makes me wonder what kind of a District Attorney he was. Scary thought.

However, to back up my claim as to what Swalwell said, check out this link:

Web Link

Here is another...

Web Link

The list goes on and on. However, when the Mueller report is submitted to Congress on Thursday, the lie that Swalwell told won't be in there. Remember, Swalwell said the following:

"If he wasn't taking orders, he would release the report" special counsel Robert Mueller submitted." (Newsmax)

Guess what Mr. Swalwell? The report you do desperately want to see will make it's way to you on Thursday.


23 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 16, 2019 at 9:21 am

Here is some more bs that came out of this clown’s mouth last year. Swalwell, the former prosecutor, made fun of Senator Susan Collins receiving death threats during the Kavanaugh hearings. Read on.

Washington Examiner September 20, 2018.

"Sexual assault victims deserve respect. And senators shouldn’t be threatened by the public. I said something stupid and minimized ugly behavior," Swalwell said in a tweet.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., apologized for a tweet Thursday in which he said "Boo hoo hoo" to threats that Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and her office have received regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

"Sexual assault victims deserve respect. And senators shouldn’t be threatened by the public. I said something stupid and minimized ugly behavior," Swalwell said in a tweet.

Stupid is as stupid does.


4 people like this
Posted by Barbara Sees
a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2019 at 9:57 am

I'll take pretty much anybody over the current president. I don't care a lick about their party affiliation. Just save us from the current embarrassment, please.


18 people like this
Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 16, 2019 at 11:53 am

And he wasn't much of a deputy DA


28 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Big hat, no cattle. In Swalwell's case it's: Big ego, not qualified.


9 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Well, well, well...

NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT TRUMP, OR ANY MEMBER OF HIS CAMPAIGN, COLLUDED WITH THE RUSSIANS

Hey Swallowtail, what evidence do you have that contradicts Mueller's report?


2 people like this
Posted by Carrie M. Bean
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 18, 2019 at 4:19 pm

Carrie M. Bean is a registered user.

To all my friends on this conversation thread - do you think this is what my Daddy meant when he used to say, "I don't vote anymore- it just encourages them"!!!


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Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 18, 2019 at 5:14 pm

Hard to accept the truth, eh?


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