It would not be the first time Rep. Eric Swalwell
has flown a trial balloon to gauge support
run in the U.S. Senate.
When Barbara Boxer announced in 2015 that she would not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate, East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell’s name curiously popped up on the early list of candidates coveting her seat.
Most observers believed the move was merely an attempt to raise the now-third term congressman in the statewide consciousness. Swalwell quickly offered to support to Kamala Harris, who was elected last November.
Now, with speculation rising over future of the 83-year-old U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein–will she retire or run for re-election in 2018–a hypothetical poll Thursday again gave an indication Swalwell is raising another trial balloon.
Swalwell received 5 percent of the 882 surveyed on Jan. 17-18. The poll showed newly-appointed State Attorney General Xavier Becerra with 21 percent, followed by Republicans, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at 18 percent; and former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin with 13 percent.
Southern California Rep. Brad Sherman earned 11 percent, followed by Swalwell, and State Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon at 4 percent.
Feinstein has been cagey of late whether she will continue in the U.S. Senate, but she was fitted with a pacemaker during confirmation hearings for President Trump’s cabinet nomination last week and some California progressives are grumbling about her votes of late confirming Trump’s appointees.
The same poll also tabbed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom as the frontrunner for governor in 2018. Newsom topped the poll at 25 percent, followed by Faulconer at 20 percent.
I think Feinstein has had her day. Retire.One out of every two 80 year olds have Alzheimer's. America needs new ideas and new blood.We need term limits, where you can't run again after two terms. America needs to create opportunities for other people's leadership. Permanent politicians breed corruption. Being rich doesn't mean you own the seat.
Swalwell has been one of the strongest voices in Washington opposing the Trump agenda. He's pushed hard for an investigation into Trump's ties with Russia, a position that takes courage in these dark murky times. Folks in his district who know Swalwell think he's the right person for Feinstein's Senate seat, but he's still got a relatively low profile state-wide. As more Californians get to know Swalwell, his standing in the polls will rise.
Related to the post of 6:18PM, Feinstein, Pelosi, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have a contest to see who can act the most senile.
Ginsburg's mind is so far gone, that she has repeatedly made comments that have let the cat out of the bag relating to the facts that: one, she prejudges cases; two, often makes up her mind in advance on various issues before the issues even come before the court, and then just looks for excuses to make rulings in accordance with whatever she had already decided long in advance before the cases were even filed; and three, since she “knows” that Texans are “racists,” therefore when parties from Texas file arguments in certain cases being considered by the Supreme Court, she does not even bother reading them. (While a lot of judges use similar methods of “logic” and “fact finding” in making their decisions, however most of them are not so extremely senile as to ever openly admit it.)
Pelosi even, and only a few years ago, made the comment in regard to legislation she was trying to get people to blindly, and just like lemmings and non-thinking robots, vote for since she had told them to vote for it, that “You can read it after we pass it.”
And Feinstein, and who is one of the most extreme cases of early senility of all time, definitely and absolutely “Knew” that Bill Clinton had not had sex with Monica Lewinsky, since Clinton had told her he had not.
However if I had been given the job of defending Feinstein's “competence” and “intelligence” after she had taken the position that she “knew” Bill Clinton had not had sex with Monica Lewinsky since Clinton had told her he had not, I would have emphasized three points to “prove” that Feinstein's position was totally reasonable.
One, Bill Clinton is a politician, and everybody knows that politicians do not lie. Two, BC is also a lawyer, and everyone knows that lawyers do not lie. And three, when you combine into one body a person who is both a lawyer and a politician, and such as for instance BC, you have a creature whose word is about as reliable as would be a statement from Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, John Gotti, or Pablo Escobar that they did not engage in bribery and murder.
We need Faulconer as governor.
One out of every two, 80 year old have Alzheimers. Feinstein had her day and needs to move on to greener pastures. I am sure there is more younger talented politicians and we don't need her any more. She needs to spend time with her grandchild.