Honda Wins Landslide Endorsement | The Coming Abyss in SD10 | Hayashi Admits Only One Negative | Immigrant Story Impresses in AD15
CHAPTER 1 | Rep. Mike Honda was dropped off and walked by his lonesome into the Laborers Union Hall in Hayward. Inside he kibitzed with other Alameda County Democrats while sitting on cold, steel folding chair. So did, Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett. Her gaze from the pre-endorsement speeches momentarily pulled away by a young boy noisily playing on the floor with a plastic toy car. Candidates for a host of other local state and congressional races attended the meeting without much more than a speech and a prayer. Rep. Eric Swalwell, however, struck a much different pose. He brought an entourage, including a staffer who videotaped Corbett’s speech (a questionable tactic, itself), but there was more to Swalwell's Saturday afternoon. While his colleagues made do with the spartan, no-nonsense meeting, Swalwell had VIP accommodations.
By the time his congressional race was up for consideration, Team Swalwell shuffled into the small hall. He spoke first and then watched sullenly and quite nervously as Corbett made her case for the endorsement. Swalwell stood rigidly, arms folded with his right index finger pressed to his lips. The pose looked strikingly like a lawyer straining to find any weakness in his opponent's legal argument. When Corbett concluded with her two-minute statement, Team Swalwell ushered themselves back to the office as the public vote was announced and tallied. They returned when the final numbers found he had won a majority of the vote, but less than the 70 percent needed Saturday for the pre-endorsement. That will have to wait until the convention in March.
It’s quite apparent that Swalwell possesses an inherent desire to be famous. He's pulled a number of publicity stunts in hopes of attracting the national media. Many of them have been detailed here, but now it appears Swalwell is morphing into something more malevolent, a dangerous amalgam of youthful cockiness and vanity. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t believe reporters should hold him accountable for his actions?
****ONE MORE THING Read Mary Hayashi’s quote from last Saturday one more time. “You all know my positives,” said Hayashi. “You also know my negative, which I am very sorry.” There was no typo there. Isn’t it amazing what the omission of a single letter does to the last half of the statement? She said, “negative,” as in singular, not plural. Hayashi has only one negative, she believes. This is true, at least, in terms of severity. However, it is simply fascinating how many of these Alameda County Democrats are simply unwilling to let it go. It’s no longer about the shoplifting incident, it’s about much more and we’ll examine this later. In the meantime, a counseling appointment needs to be scheduled for all.
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