Eric Swalwell Drops Out of Race Nobody Knew He Was Running
We won't have a little-known Congressman from somewhereoranother to kick around any more.
Shocking everyone, or perhaps no one, a guy nobody thought was going to be President has figured that out, too.
“Pass the torch,” Rep. Eric Swalwell told former Vice President Joe Biden two weeks ago. But if he does, Swalwell won’t be around to take the handoff.
The longshot 2020 candidate, who tried to make a name for himself on cable news shows as the voice of a younger political generation, dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Monday.
Swalwell ran with gun control at the center of his platform, and he was the first presidential candidate to call not only for a ban on assault-style rifles, but also for the government to buy the ones already in public hands.
“He’s clearly leading the conversation around addressing gun violence in America,” spokesperson Caitlyn McNamee said last week.
But Swalwell had fallen from the 1% he was polling at early on in his short campaign, and he was at high risk of being bumped from the second debate.
To little avail, the 38-year-old Bay Area congressman recently attempted to make a mark with some swings at rival candidates during last month’s Democratic debate. After an early shot at Biden, Swalwell demanded South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigeig fire his police chief after an officer in his city shot an unarmed black man.
“So under Indiana law, this will be investigated and there will be accountability for the officer,” Buttigeig replied.—CBS News, “Democrat Eric Swalwell drops out of presidential race“
Scrambling by the other candidates for Swalwell’s supporter is sure to be fierce.