The Bids For The 15th Congressional District’s Unfortunate Soldiers

CONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT | Veterans have had enough of the battlefield, but the race for Rep. Eric Swalwell’s seat in Congress is increasingly leaning toward becoming another type of battleground, one in which each candidate vies for who can do more for those returning from the armed services, past and present.

Two weeks ago, Swalwell held a town hall with dozens of veterans in Hayward to highlight the extensive backlog of benefit request. Depsite the clear need to address the county’s backlog of services to veterans, Swalwell, nevertheless, has often wrapped himself in the flag in the past.

Over the past year and during his run for congress, Swalwell routinely speaks to veterans groups and takes every opportunity to pose for photos. Armed services abroad and strong support for local law enforcement generally plays well, but it flourishes in the more moderate Tri Valley and that makes it a clear advantage for Swalwell.

During the Urban Shield paramilitary exercises held two weeks ago in Alameda County, Swalwell took a point to post successive photos of him touring a local law enforcement facility. In one shot he donned the baseball cap of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and another featured Alameda County Sheriffs Department.

Swalwell embracing a vet last week.

In recent weeks, though, State Sen. Ellen Corbett has been doing her own 10-hut while firing volleys back at Swalwell’s attention to veterans. She, too, has appeared at various events for vets and posted her own gallery of photos hobnobbing with members of the armed services on social media.

The move suggests Corbett believes she can encroach on Swalwell’s base of veterans or limit it from growing. Either way, it’s a signal the race in the 15th Congressional District will again resides in the Tri Valley and not the more liberal Hayward area. In contrast, Swalwell’s first moves last month raised the alarm on Pete Stark attempting to influence the 2014 election with contributing to Corbett’s campaign. To some this indicates Swalwell is willing to somewhat alienate Hayward voters who strongly supported Stark last year and would likely support Corbett next year, by blowing a dog whistle that clearly agitates Tri Valley voters who still loath Stark.

In the meantime, with the end of the year around the corner, what does a challenger do to chisel away at the incumbent’s strength? How about obscure “Legislator of the Year” awards? On Thursday, Corbett announced the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) bestowed her such a title for work for veterans, including a bill signed into law this year stopping groups from using services logos and emblems on products without authorization.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the CACVSO in the months and years ahead to ensure that our veterans and service members receive all of the benefits that they are due following their patriotic service to our country,” said Corbett in statement.

Not only are there benefits to do had for veterans, but also for congressional candidates



Categories: 2014 Election, Alameda County Sheriff, armed services, CD15, congress, Ellen Corbett, Eric Swalwell, Hayward, military, Pete Stark, playbook, Tri Valley, veterans

77 replies

  1. 6:46 do you know how stupid you sound? You are wasting our time! It seems like you are the disturbed one.

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  2. Ellen you have always been there for us vets, and we will be there for you. We have your back. A vietnam vet

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  3. I'm not a vet but my wife is. She and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett next year.

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  4. Well, the Space HO's at it again.

    Continue to tune out her bloated bitch ass.

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  5. Anon above—-we have tuned you out because you say nothing comprehensible.

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  6. I'm a Vietnam veteran and the group of vets I hang with love Ellen Corbett because she has consistently been there for us for over a dozen years. Thank you Ellen, we have your back. We'll help you just like you've helped us.

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  7. We veterans are with you Ellen. Thank you for all you have done to help us over the years you have served our country in the political arena.

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  8. Anon. 11:48 Are you for real?

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  9. I served in Nam and my fellow vets and me will be voting for congressman Swalwell cause he cares about are experiences. He aint no bleeding liberal, good solid mainstream Demo. Got are support.

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  10. My friends and I are Vietnam vets and if you were, you would know many of us are on Social Security and Medicare and we don't trust Swallwell because he says one thing and does another. He now says he is opposed to cuts or the chained CPI, but before, he was aligned with the Blue Dog democrats and was amenable to changing it. We can't afford cuts to Social Security and Medicare as many of us are barely making it. The bottom line is Ellen Corbett has always supported us vets and we just don't trust Eric.

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  11. ” On Thursday, Corbett announced the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers (CACVSO) bestowed her such a title for work for veterans”

    Wow, such a huge organization, right?

    Careful inspection indicates the entire organization in the whole state has only 85 members.
    Further, they are mostly public employees.

    Hardly representative of the tens of thousands of veterans living in Alameda County.
    Members of CACVSO that reside in the congressional district.
    That would be 2…..Yes, TWO members of CACVSO live in the district..

    So instead of splitting those two votes with Swalwell, Corbett will now get both votes.
    A net pick up of ONE VOTE.

    Keep at it Corbett, you are chipping away at his lead.

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  12. Ellen you have always been there for us vets, and we will be there for you. We have your back. A vietnam vet

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  13. Korean war vet here. If god smiles on us, my wife and I will vote for Ellen Corbett next year. She has personally helped us in the past when we had a problem and we have voted for her twice for Senate. Eric seems like a nice boy but I can't think of anything he did on the Dublin Council or so far in Congress. We hope and pray Ellen wins.

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  14. We vets are with you Ellen. Thanks for all you have done for us. We won't be fooled by the Eric come lately. Corbett for Congress in 2014 because you have supported us for years. Thanks

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  15. I served in Nam and my fellow vets and me will be voting for congressman Swalwell cause he cares about are experiences. He aint no bleeding liberal, good solid mainstream Demo. Got are support.

    My dad was in Korea and grand-dad in WWII. We'll all be voting for Congressman Swalwell. Can't trust that whack job Corbett. She aint even running.

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  16. My friends and I are Vietnam vets and if you were, you would know many of us are on Social Security and Medicare and we don't trust Swallwell because he says one thing and does another. He now says he is opposed to cuts or the chained CPI, but before, he was aligned with the Blue Dog democrats and was amenable to changing it. We can't afford cuts to Social Security and Medicare as many of us are barely making it. The bottom line is Ellen Corbett has always supported us vets and we just don't trust Eric.

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  17. I served in Nam and my fellow vets and me will be voting for congressman Swalwell cause he cares about are experiences. He aint no bleeding liberal, good solid mainstream Demo. Got are support.

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  18. We vets are with you Ellen. Thanks for all you have done for us. We won't be fooled by the Eric come lately. Corbett for Congress in 2014 because you have supported us for years. Thanks

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  19. I'm the poster at 2:49. Forgot to mention that we're all members of the Bleeding Hearts Brigade. We only support union whores who ass lick and rename bridges for corrupt good old boy slick pimpin' politicians. You got our support, missy. On account of you know how to bake cookies!

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  20. My friends and I are Vietnam vets and if you were, you would know many of us are on Social Security and Medicare and we don't trust Swallwell because he says one thing and does another. He now says he is opposed to cuts or the chained CPI, but before, he was aligned with the Blue Dog democrats and was amenable to changing it. We can't afford cuts to Social Security and Medicare as many of us are barely making it. The bottom line is Ellen Corbett has always supported us vets and we just don't trust Eric.

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  21. I'm a Vietnam veteran and the group of vets I hang with love Ellen Corbett because she has consistently been there for us for over a dozen years. Thank you Ellen, we have your back. We'll help you just like you've helped us.

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  22. We vets love you all over the district, Eric!

    We're with you, buddy!

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  23. This Nam vet and friends will be voting for Ellen Corbett. She has always been there for us and we have her back.

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  24. We vets are with you Ellen. Thanks for all you have done for us. We won't be fooled by the Eric come lately. Corbett for Congress in 2014 because you have supported us for years. Thanks

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  25. I served in Nam and my fellow vets and me will be voting for congressman Swalwell cause he cares about are experiences. He aint no bleeding liberal, good solid mainstream Demo. Got are support.

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  26. My friends and I are Vietnam vets and if you were, you would know many of us are on Social Security and Medicare and we don't trust Swallwell because he says one thing and does another. He now says he is opposed to cuts or the chained CPI, but before, he was aligned with the Blue Dog democrats and was amenable to changing it. We can't afford cuts to Social Security and Medicare as many of us are barely making it. The bottom line is Ellen Corbett has always supported us vets and we just don't trust Eric.

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  27. Shame on Swalwell for cutting off benefits for 1.3 million Americans. The extension of federal benefits was started by Bush and continued by both parties when the unemployment rate was this high.

    It's about real people, people with families struggling to meet mortgage payments, struggling to put food on the table, to make ends meet, and includes 200,000 military veterans among those folk who are losing their benefits.

    This is why my friends and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett this year….she has a heart and cares about the 90% of us who aren't rich too. Shame on Swalwell.

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