We read your front-page story on July 2 about Rep. Eric Swalwell with interest, because it broke new ground.
During the Kavanaugh, Mueller, and impeachment hearings, we became used to seeing Mr. Swalwell make accusations on the basis of what he called “overwhelming evidence in plain sight,” which he didn’t actually disclose. We saw more of the same in your story, where he accused unnamed individuals of “misinformation, voter suppression and welcoming of foreign interference,” without offering a shred of evidence.
But wait, there was something new. Instead of making accusations about things that may or may not have happened in the past, Mr. Swalwell has moved on to making accusations about things that haven’t even had a chance to occur. “We have to win overwhelmingly,” Mr. Swalwell said. “I think that’s the only way this guy [our president] is going to leave and have a peaceful transfer of power.” Again, a strong accusation with no evidence provided.
We can’t speak for the American people, but speaking for ourselves, as citizens in his district, we feel uncomfortable paying our congressman for broadcasting his opinions, and it’s especially hard to watch him attack someone’s integrity as a person because he disagrees with them politically.
If Mr. Swalwell cares about the integrity of our elected leaders, there must be a more constructive way for him to direct his energy.
Here’s a place to start: Mr. Swalwell, please sponsor a bill to make it a federal crime for any person holding or seeking a federal elected office to accept a contribution of more than $1,000 in a single year from any individual or organization, domestic or foreign, in cash or in services. That prohibition should also apply to their immediate families and any foundations they control.
We feel that initiative would have overwhelming support from American citizens and would go a long way toward getting leaders to act in the public interest. It would take a great leader to push this through, and we hope this guy, our congressman, will step up.