Non-partisan voter guide urges support for Congressman ‘Eric Swallowable’

A slate card this week urged independents to
vote for Eric Swallowable.

A slate card sent to some East Bay homes this week refers to 15th Congressional District Rep. Eric Swalwell as “Eric Swallowable.”

The slate card sent by a group calling itself the “No Party Preference Voter Guide” also features Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kamala, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk and state Proposition’s 51 and 52 on the mailer.

Its primary beneficiary, though, is Jaime Patiño, a city council candidate in Union City. Patiño’s campaign paid $705 to be part of the slate card, according to campaign finance records.

Other Alameda County candidates also appear on
the mailer sent to independent voters Thursday.

In addition to the regrettable misspelling of Swalwell, the slate card is riddled with other glaring errors. Patiño’s description, for instance, lists him sitting on the board of directors of the “Timbers Vesicles Clinic,” instead of the “Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center.” In addition, the City of Hayward is spelled with two words.

Patiño told the East Bay Citizen the misspellings are an error on the vendors part and likely not some sort of prank. Patiño’s campaign triple-checked a proof of the mailer beforehand, he said. “I can’t see how someone would pay that kind of money for a slate card just to make a joke.”

The mailer was produced by PJF Communications, a consulting firm based in Sacramento that specializes in non-partisan voters guides and other communication services.

The phone number listed on the State Secretary of State’s web site for “No Party Preference Voter Guide” leads to a Sacramento accounting and payroll firm that is also a vendor for the group. An email to the company has not been returned.

UPDATE: Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Patiño said the vendor apologized for the error and a corrected mailer was sent to voters today. He posted the corrected version below on his campaign Facebook page.