Rep. Eric Swalwell, through his long-time
campaign consultant, began gobbling up
domain names earlier this year.
15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
At last count, East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell has visited Iowa, the early epicenter of the 2020 presidential campaign, seven times, including once this month.
The repeated trips to the Hawkeye State has more than suggested to East Bay politicos and national correspondents that the two-term congressmember is eyeing a run for the highest office in the land.
Earlier this week, NBC News casted Swalwell along with U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as 2020 presidential hopefuls.
Only furthering speculation is the fact Swalwell is gobbling up domain names, according to his congressional campaign’s recent finance reports.
Swalwell’s campaign spent $3,735 between Feb. 9 and Mar. 21, according to finance reports, including one payment to Go Daddy for $2,408. And the domain names sound positively presidential.
EricSwalwell2020.com, EricSwalwell2020.org, EricSwalwell2020.net and similar addresses with alternate suffixes were registered during the same time frame.
Perhaps using his prolific amount of appearances on cable news to highlight the Russian collusion case as stepping stone, Swalwell’s campaign also registered domain names during the same period for SwalwellforAmerica.com and SwalwellforAmerica.net.
Swalwell’s ambition was evident from the day he was first sworn-in to Congress in January 2013 when a C-SPAN host asked whether he would run for president. Swalwell demurred, but his interest in running for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat two years ago was also clear to many local observers.
When the Russian collusion case gained momentum, Swalwell parlayed his seat on the House Intelligence Committee into almost nightly exposure on cable news networks. Subsequently, the appearances and his criticisms of Trump have greatly increased his national profile.