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June 17, 2019

Does Swalwell Represent Our District?

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 am

When our region sent Eric Swalwell to Congress in 2012, there was hope that he would be able to cut through the partisan divide, work with centrists in both parties and get important things done on a bipartisan basis. That’s our kind of district – innovative, pragmatic, and non-ideological. In his first term, Swalwell established himself as a young moderate leader, helping establish the United Solutions Caucus. By the end of his first term, he had gotten three bills though the House and two signed into law – more than any other freshman.

Midway through his second term, Nancy Pelosi offered him vice-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which he accepted. He was advanced to full co-chair after being re-elected in 2016. This is a powerful party position, e.g., deciding committee assignments and divvying up DCCC lobbyist cash. Eric’s conversion to a party apparatchik cost him his ability to work from the middle, and to defy the Dem leadership when they put party interests ahead of the national interest.

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