Eric Swalwell’s endorsement is proving to be a kiss of death for East Bay candidates

Rep. Eric Swalwell, center, campaigning for Bryan
Parker last spring. along with future candidate Tojo
Thomas, right, who Swalwell later endorsed for
the Castro Valley school board. Both lost.

Despite periodic news reports placing East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell on the precipice of earning a prime leadership post among House Democrats one day, his imprimatur has not meant much at all for local candidates seeking office.
On Election Night, some of the biggest surprises losers in the East Bay shared at least one commonality: Their campaign was endorsed by Swalwell.

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison was the victim of an upset last week at the hands of Councilmember Lily Mei. Swalwell’s endorsement apparently did little to sway voters in Fremont worried about development and traffic.

Closer to Swalwell’s neck of the woods in the Tri Valley, two sitting Livermore council members were defeated, including Stewart Gray, who also was endorsed by Swalwell.

Whether political endorsements truly mean nothing to voters is up for questioning, but so is Swalwell’s apparent inability to sway many local races, especially in down ballot races where the endorsement of a sitting, presumably popular, congressman would usually present an enormous shot in the arm for any candidate. For whatever reason, Swalwell’s backing means shockingly little to voters in the East Bay.

A similar outcome came last week in the same area when Tojo Thomas, a candidate for the Castro Valley school board, missed out on three open seats. Thomas was previously endorsed by Swalwell and the candidate made certain voters knew about the endorsement by featuring it on signage and campaign flyers.

In neighboring Hayward, Swalwell’s backing of a group seeking to replace three sitting school board incumbents with a trio of its own candidates failed miserably in achieving its goal.

This trend likely started in 2014 when Swalwell endorsed a well-known, but controversial Castro Valley construction company owner named Marc Crawford for the areas sanitary district board. It’s debatable whether Crawford’s unpopularity among voters in Castro Valley, through his antics as a member of the unincorporated area’s Municipal Advisory Committee, ruined his candidacy, but nonetheless, after toting Swalwell’s endorsement Crawford finished dead last.

But the most significant test of Swalwell’s deficient gravitas among voters was seen during the most recent June primary after he issued a surprise endorsement for the candidate opposing Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. Swalwell’s support for Bryan Parker, a former Oakland mayor candidate waging a well-financed challenge to Miley, was viewed by the campaign as pivotal to its chances in upsetting the long-time supervisor in places like Castro Valley and Pleasanton.

Mailers trumpeting Swalwell’s endorsement were sent, Swalwell, himself, walked door-to-door in support of Parker. On primary day, voters not only rejected Parker, but also Swalwell. Miley trounced him by 30 points.

9 thoughts on “Eric Swalwell’s endorsement is proving to be a kiss of death for East Bay candidates

  1. All of you bashing Congressman Swalwell are idiots. You need to know some facts and get your head out of the ass of Pete Stark and the Democratic Central Committee. Don't like him? Beat him. End of story, stop whining, East Bay Citizen still a wanna be rag that reports fake news, you never let me down for a good laugh.


  2. Swalwell says and does extremely stupid things such as decrying the firing of raging bull Data Dirtbag Dobbs. Then he dummies up and stands by his man. Hmmm, just like Hayward city council. Swalwell even supported the CLASS Pac and showed up to one of their neighbrhood walks to drum up support for their CLASS Clowns. Swalwell is out of touch. Supporting a thieving, corrupt, philandering, woman abuser. What a dope!


  3. It just goes to show us that endorsements don't count. Dr. Reynoso won without being endorsed. Bill Parker is a good leader and he has good morals, values, and ethics. I helped campaigned for him. I will do so again in whatever he chooses to run for. My one vote endorsement is just as important as any politician. I wish Swalwell apologized for standing up for X Superintendent Stan Dobbs. Swalwell looks really stupid for supporting a depressed/ violent criminal.


  4. Swalwell is a buffoon and a poor judge of character. In other words, he is a consummate Bay Area politician.


  5. By MW:

    While once in awhile an endorsement is significant, and for example the first time that Barbara Boxer ran for the US Senate I think it helped her a lot that Feinstein strongly backed her, however in general I think it is very overrated the “advantage” of a candidate running for office having the endorsement of another politician.

    And while it is true that when Nadia “The Drug Addict and Totally Useless Joker” Lockyer ran for office, specifically for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, she had the endorsements of a huge crowd of Bill Lcckyer's friends and associates, and including both Jerry Brown and Willie Brown, however the main reason Nadia won was that her campaign spent literally millions of dollars provided by her husband Bill Lockyer's campaign chest, and while her opponents had little more than nickels and diems for their campaigns.


  6. I'd rather see a pic of Swalwell's shoes than see him mugging with Ro. The point is that Swalwell's endorsements don't matter. Another fake politician, smiling with other fake politicians.


  7. How funny, a mopey Honda fan feeling nostalgic. Yeah, a selfie with Ro Khanna (the guy who just beat Honda 61-39%) is a bad thing. OK, you are on top of it.


  8. Swalwell is insignificant. I saw his selfie with Ro Khanna. Swalwell went to bat for Data Dobbs. Poor judgement on Swalwell's part. He went to bat for the CLASS Pac and curses, they were foiled again.


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