Rep. Eric Swalwell seems to be following up on his campaign promise to produce a “Mobile Congress” that’s more accessible to constituents via video technology and social media.
Swalwell, D-Dublin, did a Skype video conference with the Fremont City Council during the council’s meeting Tuesday, offering an update on Congress’ doings and taking questions from council members and Mayor Bill Harrison.
Simple as it seems, Swalwell says he’s not aware of any other member of Congress ever connecting with a local government meeting like this before. Swalwell says he intends to make it a habit with city councils throughout his 15th Congressional District.
“Just because I am in Washington, D.C., does not mean that the work at home stops. I want to stay as close to the district as possible even when 3,000 miles away, and I will take advantage of technology to stay in touch with folks at home and keep constituents informed about what we’re doing,” Swalwell said in a news release. “The idea of ‘Mobile Congress’ is about bringing Congress closer to the people, and video conferencing into the Fremont City Council meeting was a step to achieving this.”
Said Harrison: “The City of Fremont was proud to be the first city to have Skyped with Congressman Swalwell. We are appreciative of the federal update he provided to our community and his continued commitment to Fremont.”