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.

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.”

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35 people like this
Posted by Malcom Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm

Bu-bye liar! Nice to see you fail.

39 people like this
Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:08 am

Serious candidate? He isn't even a serious congressman.

8 people like this
Posted by Audubon
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 9, 2019 at 6:56 am

I see the baby grouse are out early this morning. Yawn.

Call us when your candidate polls > 30% against the good Rep. Unlikely.

35 people like this
Posted by Art
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 9, 2019 at 7:39 am

Swalwall is a disgrace to our community,State and the Congress. Electing him has been a major mistake. He is a component in the tax and spend policies and sanctuary state status that is making California a less desirable State to do business and reside.

31 people like this
Posted by What?
a resident of Danville
on Jul 9, 2019 at 7:54 am

Like I stated before, ...not a snowball's chance in hell!


26 people like this
Posted by Notsurprised
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 9, 2019 at 10:01 am

He does not add value.

15 people like this
Posted by dan
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 10, 2019 at 8:51 am

Eric Swalwell is a combination Tin Man and Straw Man from the Wizard.

He has no human contact with people when he stands and attempts to deliver.

Just running is not enough, need charisma which he has not nor real ideas

14 people like this
Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 10, 2019 at 5:41 pm

C. R. Mudgeon is a registered user.

Swalwell was never a serious candidate, and was just doing it to get some TV air time, and for general fund-raising purposes. It would be nice if he could be voted out of Congress as well, in 2020....

On the negative side, apparently billionaire Trump-hater Tom Steyer has reversed course and decided to run for President. He has the money to self-finance his campaign, I suppose. But in terms of the issues, as a one-note anti-Trump candidate, Steyer will have to get in line behind all of the other Dems. And I don't think the guy scores very high on the "likeability" test. He has all the warmth and charm of a barracuda....

4 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 24, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Boy, Swalwell sure look great today, didn't he?. LOL!!! What a buffoon! He repeatedly asked Mueller questions Mueller could not answer.

Hey Swalwell! Care to comment on your lies about President Trump being a Russian agent?

What a great show!

4 people like this
Posted by Art
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 24, 2019 at 4:57 pm

Hopefully SMALLWALL put another nail in his coffin today. He never fails to look like a complete fool every time he appears before the public. Anyone who votes for this guy is complicit in his incompetence.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2019 at 7:58 pm

I saw the video today where Swalwell answered yes to the question, "do you think Trump is a Russian agent". The interviewer was Chris Mathews NBC.

4 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 24, 2019 at 10:36 pm

@ Michael Austin

You are correct Michael. And isn’t it interesting that this clown Swalwell was once a prosecutor? He has absolutely no evidence to prove President Trump is a Russian agent. It makes me wonder what kind of a prosecutor he was. He behaves more like a spoiled child than a grown man.

When I listened to him grill Mueller today, I realized how unprepared Swalwell was - not that Mueller was any better prepared for sure. The the only thing Swalwell did was regurgitate old talking points. Furthermore, Swalwell looked frustrated when Mueller repeatedly told him he would not discuss several questions.

More to the point though, Swalwell never asked Mueller if he believed President Trump was a Russian agent. Swalwell is too much of a coward to ask Mueller that question because he knows it’s not true.

3 people like this
Posted by Audubon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2019 at 6:51 am

Great, Mr. Malcolm - YOU run against him.

I doubt you'd crack 20% of the vote - most of your constituency is right here among these fowl commenters.

4 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2019 at 8:25 am

@ Audubon

LOL! That your best two cents, Aududrival? Mad because old stumbling bumbling Mueller didn’t give you what you want? Mad because your boy Swalwell looked stupid?

But let us not focus on your angst. Instead, let us focus on the topic at hand. Again, your boy Swalwell said President Trump is a Russian agent. You believe that? Audubon? Proof?

You sound like a spoiled brat who didn’t get his way. Offer something substantial here and we can debate. Otherwise, just go away and wallow in your misery.


4 people like this
Posted by Art
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Way to go Malcolm. You gave Audubon a good tongue lashing which he duly earned. Those who support Small well are on the same mental level as is he. You can add pencil neck Schiff and Nadler to that list.

3 people like this
Posted by Audubon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 26, 2019 at 6:45 am

2012: Swalwell (D) 52%, Stark (D) 48%

2014: Swalwell (D)70%, Bussell (R) 30%

2016: Swalwell (D) 74%, Turner (R) 26%

2018: Swalwell (D) 73%, Peters (R) 27%

So, tell me again - who's the 'spoiled brat who hasn't gotten his way?' Buzz on, little gadfly.

4 people like this
Posted by Art
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2019 at 7:30 am

Smallwell's winning elections is not evidence of his intellect or common sense. It is evidence of a constituency ignorant of both. You can add that label to Adam Shift, AOC, and her three malcontents.

4 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2019 at 9:54 am

Hey Audubon, I know it's hard, but try to stay focused. Okay?

What does Swalwell's polling numbers vs Pete Stark have anything to do with what I was talking about? Hmm?

I mean, if this is your idea of how to deflect from Swalwell's lies, then I have to say you're pretty pathetic.

Look, there is no defense to lie - at least not in Swalwell's case. But to try and cover for him by submitting such stupidity, truly shows that your are a coward, or at the very least, have a hard time with reading comprehension.

Remember: Ignorance can be helped, but stupidity is sustained.


4 people like this
Posted by Ranger Up
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jul 26, 2019 at 10:33 am

@ Audubon

Um, did you choose Audubon because of a certain bird? If so, this one would suit you:

Cuckoo Bird (you had to know I was going there)

The female cuckoo lays a single egg in its chosen hosts' nest, eating one of the original eggs so that the host won't spot a difference.

Oh, what a nasty little bird. You see, that little bird reminds me of you and Swalwell.

2 people like this
Posted by Rancher
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 26, 2019 at 2:18 pm

Y'all trumpty dumpsters don't have sense enough not to face into the wind. Don't come back inside 'til your pant legs dry-off.

Your orange boy is headed for a big fall.

6 people like this
Posted by RWR
a resident of Danville
on Jul 26, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Pete Stark was a true believer in his cause of liberalism, and at least with him you know what you are getting. Swalwell, on the other hand, only believes in himself feeding at the public troth, and will lie and say and do anything to stay in office.

First, Swalwell campaigns as a "tough on crime prosecutor" to get Republicans and independents to vote him into office over Mr. Stark. Once elected, he completely abandons his campaign promises, and gives the finger to those Republicans and independents whose votes put him over the top against Mr. Stark. Swalwell now panders to the extreme left, with outrageous evidence less allegations against President Trump, such as him being an agent of Russia. Swalwell's voting record on crime issues is as far left extreme as Barbara Lee, giving criminals rights over victims.

Swalwell then decides to run for President, promising he will not seek reelection to his House seat no matter what happens. Of course, it is just another self serving lie, and when he fails to gain even 1% of the vote, he then announces he is running for his seat again.

I encourage all Republicans, Independents, and Democrats to vote for his Democratic opponent in the House race, as at least you know where she actually stands on issues, and will be honest with her constituents. Swalwell, on the other hand, is a serial liar, whose time in elected office needs to end.

4 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2019 at 4:11 pm

@ Rancher: Truth eludes those that lack to capacity to understand - such as yourself.

@ RWR: Well said. Swalwell's personality is in "Stark" contrast to Pete. But more importantly, as you stated above, you knew where Stark stood on issues. He certainly did not pretend to be somebody he's not.

President Trump has flaws, warts and all. And yes, he too has been guilty of not telling the truth. But to the degree in which Swalwell and Schiff have lied, it sets a dangerous precedent for future generations of politicians.

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Posted by Ranger Up
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jul 26, 2019 at 11:41 pm

Rancher is from Blackhawk? Now, there's an oxymoron for you.

Hey Rancher, why is Trump headed for a fall? I mean, you sound like a sound bite from two years ago.

You also sound like your boy Swalwell. You, like him, say things you can't back up.

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