Nate Miley – Many in the East Bay have given up on trying to bring down one of the region’s slickest politicians. In fact, nothing has stuck to the bully-prone Miley in recent years, but the fall of ACAP, the county’s former anti-poverty agency is still lying in the weeds waiting for a surprise attack on the supervisor who last year told an audience in Castro Valley he uses campaign dollars to pay dues at two prestigious health clubs. Why? So he could get away and relax from the hassle of dealing with constituents. What a great thing to say, huh?
Eric Swalwell – What can you say? The boy sold his soul to the Devil and Beelzebub came through for Swalwell even though Pete Stark is an avowed Atheist. Go figure? In the meantime, Swalwell cannot win re-election in 2014 with around $700,000 in campaign contributions like he did this year. And, to get that much, he had to make certain promises in the Tri Valley—monetarily to developers and to the ideological right wingers he courted. Both will get antsy for payback and Swalwell’s history shows he has no problem understanding the rules of pay-to-play. In fact, the same Livermore developer, John Wong, cited by Matier & Ross in connection with Scott Haggerty's shady 2007 land deal is also a twice maxed-out donor to Swalwell's past congressional campaign. Connect the dots.
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