Pelosi to headline Eric Swalwell’s fundraiser

Someone who saw the item I posted earlier today about Rep. Eric Swalwell’s first-quarter fundraising prowess has just shared information that seems to cement the notion that the freshman has been embraced by the very Democratic machine that opposed him last year: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be headlining his fundraiser in May.

Tickets to the Monday, May 6 event at a Capitol Hill condo will cost $500 to $2,500 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for political action committees.

That’s just two days after Pelosi, D-San Francisco is scheduled to headline a far cheaper Walnut Creek fundraiser for Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez.

Pelosi last year had endorsed Rep. Pete Stark for re-election to a 21st term, but that and other powerful endorsements didn’t keep Swalwell from unseating the irascible incumbent in November. Some had speculated he might get a cold shoulder upon arriving in Washington from those who’d opposed his candidacy, but several signs – including this fundraiser, as well as his January appointment as an assistant minority whip – indicate all has been forgiven.

That’s potentially bad news for state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, who also had hoped to succeed Stark in the 15th Congressional District and has a campaign committee that’s raising funds. Corbett may well have the support of some local Democrats and labor unions, but if people of Pelosi’s stature keep raising money for Swalwell, he’ll be tough for anyone to beat.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • GV Haste

    So much for the long time insider crowd that has controlled the Central Alameda County Democratic Party for ever. Looks like everyone won’t be marching in lock-step to push the rookie aside.

    Changing of the guard in the 15th District.
    About time some new ideas were infused into the process.
    Isn’t it interesting how quickly the existing power becomes rather moribund when the entire electorate finally gets a real vote instead of the sham general elections of the past.

    Now, if it will only extend to the state legislature as well.

  • JohnW

    Does this now mean that Eric is in lock-step with the rest of the Bay Area Congressional delegation, horrified at the notion that Obama would dare to touch the “third rail of politics” by proposing a budget that includes changes to improve the financial viability of Social Security and Medicare?

  • Elwood

    So the wicked witch of the west is headlining his fundraiser.

    Can you say co-opted?

    This can only end badly.

  • Independent Voter

    This cracked me up when I read it. Nancy Pelosi could care less about a new generation of leaders. All she does is support incumbents, regardless of whether they may be a better candidate out there or not. There is clearly a total lack of independence in Congress. All you have to do is look at the race down in the 17th District. All of the incumbents are following their minority leader like a bunch of trolls.

    I like Swalwell and mean no disrespect. I think he is going to be a good Congressman and hopefully we get more young leaders elected sooner than later. My point is when you get elected to Congress, your party will have your back no matter who you are. That is why Congress is so broken today. No one thinks for themselves anymore. Another compelling case as to why term limits need to be imposed in the House and Senate.

  • Me

    Are you kidding me with this right now – if Pelosi had gotten off her dead ass and come out for Pete then we wouldn’t have Swalwell now, the most useless piece of, flotsam on the planet – absolute utter bullshit Nancy!!!

  • RR senile columnist

    I know Nancy would object, but she does not have a “dead ass.” Her rear is quite nice for one of her vintage.

  • KB

    When did Eric move to P-town? I’ve lived in this valley 45 years and the town I went to school in has turned into a bunch of coffee-sucking elitists. No money. no entry. Unless you cut their grass or wipe their children’s fat butts, they want nothing to do with you. And now when a homegrown resident makes good, you give credit to these uppity snobs. Eric was raised and got his political start in DUBLIN. He went to school in DUBLIN. He served on the DUBLIN City Counsel.
    Mr. Josh, if he has moved, then fine. But if he hasn’t, do your homework.

  • Josh Richman

    @7 — I share your frustration, but my company’s current policy is to key a politician’s geographic designator to his/her main district office, not city of residence – thus, because Swalwell’s district office is in Pleasanton, we call him D-Pleasanton. For my own part, I much preferred the days when we used hometown; I think it’s more informative to readers.

  • JohnW


    Now you know how San Ramon feels about getting tacked onto CD-15, even though we’re not in the same county as the rest of the district. Not blaming the redistricting commission. They had to even up the headcount.