Until the paperwork was amended Wednesday, a man named Robert Wieskowski had filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission in a bid to replace Eric Swalwell in the East Bay’s 15th Congressional District.
That’s right. State Sen. Robert “Bob” Wieckowski spelled his own name incorrectly in the first official signal that he is running for Congress next year.
Wieckowski joins Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab in the field. Earlier this month, Wieckowski quietly announced an exploratory campaign to some supporters.
Although Swalwell announced his candidacy for president on April 8 and indicated he would not seek re-election to the seat he’s held since 2012, the failure of his presidential campaign to gain any traction, as of yet, has put a chill thus far on activity to replace him.
Wieckowski’s official entrance into the race may signal to others that Swalwell is not likely to drop out of the Democratic presidential field. If Swalwell exits the race before early December, he would still have enough time to file for re-election to his congressional seat. The California primary is scheduled for March 2020, not June, as in previous election cycles.
Perhaps, it’s not surprising that Wieckowski was unable to spell his name in federal forms. Early in his political career, his campaigns for the Fremont City Council sought to teach voters how to pronounce his name by using symbols, such as a cow and skier.