Mon Mar 20, 2017, 05:50 PM
redstateblues (6,311 posts)
5 replies, 1974 views
Eric Swalwell was impressive today. He is a rising star (Original post)
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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 05:55 PM
Ilsa (43,092 posts)
2. Bio from wiki:
Swalwell was born in Sac City, Iowa and raised in Dublin, California. He graduated from Dublin High School (Class of 1999).
He attended Campbell University in North Carolina on a soccer scholarship from 1999 to 2001. He lost the scholarship after suffering an injury. He then transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2003, he received a bachelor's degree in Government and Politics at Maryland, and in 2006 earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He served on the College Park, Maryland city council as its student representative.
In 2014, Swalwell announced that he would serve as chairman of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's O' Say Can You See PAC's Young Professionals Leadership Circle due to his friendship with the governor. He made clear that his support was about the 2014 midterm elections and not an endorsement of a potential presidential bid by O'Malley in 2016. However, Swalwell did ultimately endorse O'Malley in July 2015.
Local political career Edit
In 2001 and 2002, Swalwell interned for Ellen Tauscher, a United States Representative, in Washington, D.C., focusing on legislative research and constituent outreach and services. He worked as an Alameda County deputy district attorney, a Dublin planning commissioner, and a Dublin city councilman.
In September 2011, Swalwell filed papers to run for Congress in the 15th District. The district had previously been the 13th, represented by 20-term incumbent Pete Stark, a fellow Democrat. Stark had represented the district since 1973, seven years before Swalwell had been born. He took a leave of absence from the Dublin city council in order to run for the seat. While he was running for the seat, an attempted recall of Swalwell from the Dublin City Council was begun, but after he won election to US House, the attempt was later abandoned.
Swalwell was endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle. During the 2012 election cycle, Swalwell was accused by the Stark campaign of being a Tea Party candidate. The accusation was refuted by Swalwell and the San Jose Mercury News, which also endorsed Swalwell. Stark refused to debate Swalwell during the campaign. In response to Stark's refusal to debate, Swalwell organized a mock debate with an actor playing Pete Stark, quoting him verbatim when answering the moderator. Other campaign gimmicks included Chinese-manufactured rubber ducks, and a dreadlocked, bearded information man. Swalwell was able to contest Stark in the general election because of a new primary system in California. Under that new system, the top two primary vote-getters (Stark and Swalwell, in this case) advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.
In the November 2012 election, Swalwell defeated Stark, 52.1% to 47.9%. snip
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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 06:02 PM
wishstar (1,227 posts)
3. He has prosecutorial experience and has been good spokesman on cable TV lately
Every time he is on, I listen intently as he doesn't pull punches and knows a lot about Trump/Russia
From his official website bio:
Congressman Swalwell serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and believes protecting Americans is Congress’ most solemn duty. He is the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), responsible for the oversight, policy, activities, and budget of the CIA. He also serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where his experience as a prosecutor and as a son and brother of law enforcement officers informs his perspective on criminal justice reform while he also address issues including voting rights, LGBT equality, comprehensive immigration reform, and protecting a woman's right to make her own health care decisions.
An up-and-coming leader in the House, he is co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which makes committee assignments and sets the caucus' policy agenda. He also chairs the Future Forum, a group of more than 20 young Democratic Members of Congress focused on issues and opportunities for millennial Americans including student loan debt and home ownership.