Monday, August 17, 2015

More on Swalwell's peculiar presidential endorsement: It's 'meaningless'

Rep. Eric Swalwell
CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Noted congressional elections expert Stuart Rothenberg is also scratching his head over Rep. Eric Swalwell’s endorsement of presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.

Two weeks ago, I raised the idea that the announcement, from Swalwell’s standpoint, was a ploy to get him face time on the national level. Similarly, Swalwell used the same tactic earlier this year when he inserted his name on the long list of potential candidates to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Swalwell, an Iowa native, even gave a speech there touting O’Malley. Rothenberg, though, in a column for Roll Call with the mocking title, “Stop the Presses: O’Malley Nabs Swalwell Endorsement,” looks at the even from another angle.
The O’Malley folks must know the Swalwell endorsement is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. They aren’t stupid. So why did they ask for it and why did they distribute it? 
I really don’t know. I’d guess the former governor’s staff has to do something to make it seem as if their candidate is gaining support, and the folks in the press, political and fundraising departments have to keep busy, especially if they are being paid. 
Press folks, in particular, do stuff that is a huge waste of time. Most of the emails campaigns send around to reporters accomplish little or nothing, but that doesn’t stop them from sending them out. So the O’Malley folks probably are doing things like sending out the Swalwell endorsement email because somewhere along the way they learned that’s the sort of thing they are expected to do. 
I’m sure that Swalwell, who defeated veteran Democratic Rep. Pete Stark in 2012, has a long and promising career ahead of him. His loyalty to O’Malley is noteworthy. But this endorsement is so unimportant in the Democratic race that I wouldn’t be writing about it if this wasn’t August of the off year. Maybe it’s all that the O’Malley campaign has.
The view from Rothenberg’s perspective shows just how little a fish Swalwell really is in Washington. And despite, the reverential press coverage Swalwell often enjoys in the Bay Area, his political backing has already shown to be near worthless.

Recall, Swalwell’s official endorsement last year of a reactionary candidate for Castro Valley’s admittedly meaningless sanitary district. It should have been a major boost to his candidacy. In the Fifteenth District, however, a sitting U.S. congressman’s endorsement won’t get you much. The candidate finished dead last.


  1. I used to like that little, Swalwell. Then I realized he's just another one of those "do nothing" politicians who likes to get t.v. face time and photo ops.

  2. Umm "Iowa Native?" Swallowed grew up a majority of his life in Dublin ca. for one he was are punter/field goal kicker in high school, i played on the same team. this was Dublin high school. And i considered Eric a great kicker. And ya he's trying to get exposure thats the only reason he beat the other no name. lets face it America is field with spoiled do nothing worthless folks that are destroying the country. Oh by the way i seen a couple on this JASON SCHNEIDER guy he seems to making a ploy to push his way into the Driving seat of California, yes the Governor. Governor SCHNEIDER has a strong nice ring to it, and seems as though he may get this state back on its feet again... Vote JASON SCHNEIDER.