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Congressman Eric Swalwell compared his hometown of Dublin with President Donald Trump’s Florida resort Mar-a-Lago at a 2020 presidential campaign rally. And while doing so, he referenced an old nickname for his hometown, “Scrublin.”
“To be fair, where we lived was not Mar-a-Lago,” Swalwell said. “In fact, you may remember that people in the neighboring cities had a nickname for us: They called us ‘Scrublin'” Later, he brought it back around saying that Dublin has come a long way from the days when other East Bay towns teased it.
After being born and living in Sac City, Iowa for part of his childhood, Swalwell’s family moved to the East Bay, eventually settling in Dublin. Swalwell graduated from Dublin High School in 1999. He moved from the Bay Area to North Carolina, and then Washington, D.C.-metro area for college. After graduating from law school at the University of Maryland, he returned to Alameda County, where he worked as a deputy district attorney.
The congressman, who unseated incumbent Democrat Pete Stark in a 2012 congressional election, represents California’s 15th congressional district, which includes Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward and his hometown of Dublin. He’s joining a crowded field of 19 candidates for the Democratic nomination for president.
He is the second California resident and former prosecutor to join the Democratic field. Kamala Harris, one of the frontrunners in the Democratic race, is the other. Coincidentally, both Swalwell and Harris started their legal careers as deputy district attorneys for Alameda County.
Swalwell focused much of his speech in Dublin on gun control, saying that’s why he launched his campaign in Parkland, Fla., where a gunman killed 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.
He said he would restore the economic portion of the “promise of America.” He criticized Trump’s tax plan, saying it helped out the 1 percent more than it helped people in the middle and working class.
“The president will tell you that the economy is roaring, and you should be grateful for that. He’ll tell you that the stock market is at an all-time high and the GDP is growing. Heck, that may be the only time he’s ever told two truths in a row,” he jabbed at Trump to cheers and applause.
A moment later Swalwell counter-argued those points: “You don’t need a congressional report to tell you that economic insecurity has become a chronic condition in our country. You just feel it.”
He also promised to regulate corporations on Wall Street, raise the minimum wage, and lower prescription drug prices with a public option. He talked about seeing a flyer for a fundraiser for someone who had just gotten sick. “Those days are coming to an end,” he proclaimed.
He also spoke about education, immigration reform, and protecting labor unions, pointing out that his campaign headquarters are in the back of a labor union hall. He also spoke about bringing the country together. “We must unite our deeply divided country,” he said toward the end of his speech. “So I pledge to lead our country with a team of rivals, with a blended cabinet of Republicans and Democrats.”
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