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Eric Swalwell -- makes vulgar speech to Congress

Original post made by you\\\'ve got to be kidding, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2013

At first I thought it was a joke, but it isn't. The Washington Post (who has posted the video) and many others are reporting that in an official speech to Congress today Web Link , Swalwell, who represents Pleasanton in Congress, in a speech that is something of a cross between something heard on "The Jerry Springer" and "The Real Housewives of Orange County" referred to the phrase "wet dream" in a speech to Congress.

Thanks for embarrassing the entire Tri-Valley, Swalwell.

Can we get Jerry McNerney back please?

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Posted by !
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

he's a democrat. that is what democrats do. that is what democrats are...and much worse. no surprises here.


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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Like "Springer" or "Housewives"? Hardly. I am not afraid of words and find Swalwell's remarks no big deal. The English language is nuanced and meaningful, even to a democrat. Maybe it's the message you did not approve of, Kidding, rather than the language used to deliver it.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

pathetic that anybody finds what he said as inappropriate...it's a sad day in America when such a fraud finds the english language nasty...tragic indeed


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Posted by you've got to be kidding
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Nuanced? That is ridiculous. Take a look at the Mercury News story as well.

Web Link

First Anthony Weiner, now Eric Swalwell. Swalwell's comments about "wet dream" make the entire voting district of the Tri-Valley look like a bunch of idiots.

If anyone said the "wet dream" comment in corporate America, they'd be herded into HR in a nanosecond, written up for creating a hostile work environment, put on administrative leave, and likely fired.

If any student said that it in a public school speech, they'd be suspended or expelled.




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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Cholo and a neighbor, who raised you cretins? Do you speak this way in public to people who are paying your salary? Hardly professional, not very mature and unquestionably inappropriate. You people need to quit sucking up just because he's a dem and objectively address his comments. If a republican had uttered this nonsense, you'd be calling for a recall. Get a clue and stop dreamin.....


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I'm not a Democrat, and I don't have a problem with what he said. Stop wasting your time worrying about non-issues.


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Posted by NO WAY
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

He said "wet dream"?!?!?!?!?! OMG!!!!! Thank God my virgin ears didn't have to actually hear those words. As it is I will have to wash my eyes out with soap just for having read them.

gimme a friggin break. don't worry eric, we still support you. don't let these fools get you down.


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Posted by Don
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

Nothing like a fake outrage. Republicans are pros at this. You should at least be honest and say you do not like his policies, bla, bla bla...
And comparing him to Anthony Weiner?? Now you are really laying it on thick.


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Posted by Kangaroo
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

Exactly what I would expect from panty waste liberals. Ha.


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Posted by you've got to be kidding
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I'm a Democrat and disgusted with Swalwell's antics. There is no upside to the voters of this District with Swalwell being the Miley Cyrus-equivalent of Congress.

No wonder the Democrats did not endorse him when Swalwell ran and endorsed Stark instead.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I don't agree with his message, but I like its delivery. I wonder if he planned those particular words, or if they just slipped out? At least Mr. Swalwell isn't afraid of rattling a few cages.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

This whole topic is a wet dream...
Too much excitement and nowhere proper to release or express it...
I like the job Swalwell is doing!


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

His use of "wet dream" was inaccurate rather than vulgar.

By the way, I feel we should be embarrassed that so many people in our country cannot afford healthcare.

Mike


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Posted by right...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Right. Compare this to the soulless liberal freak who he replaced in this district and it's not even a blip of a story.


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Squirrel!

As usual, the TEA Partiers are fabricating ridiculous drama instead of solving real problems.

42nd attempt failed attempt to reverse Obamacare. Really? Nothing else important to waste their time on?


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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Until there's a cure for liberalism, whether it takes 42 or hundreds of efforts , keep doing the right thing and oppose dems at every turn.


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Posted by Jason
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Running against Pete Stark was Eric's "wet dream." Good luck in 2014!

Agree that the GOP should not waste time trying to overturn The Affordable Care Act. Focus all efforts on Sen. Vitter's proposal for an up or down vote preventing Congress from excluding itself(and it's staff)from Obamacare.

If "public servants" are forced to participate, just like the rest of us, then it will get repealed. For now only Congress, their staff members and selected private sector companies are exempt.


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Posted by What a pig
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Sep 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Bottom line, it's disrespectful to the office he holds. We have a right yo have our elected officials act with some sense of professionalism.


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Posted by you've got to be kidding
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I agree. This shows that Swalwell is an adolescent with poor impulse control who can't even control what he says.

If he talks like that in Congress on CSPAN with cameras rolling, I can only imagine the disturbing and disgusting things he says off camera.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Oh boy here I am defending a Democrat. Couple of things here. One, I agree, if we don't like Swalwell we can vote him out of office in a little over a year. Problem with that is that here in CA it's very difficult to vote in a Republican or an Independent, so face it, we're stuck with another Democrat. Redistricting has limited us here in what used to be Richard Pombo's district. (I was no fan of Pombo either, but at least somebody besides the incumbent state party candidates had a chance of election.)

Now, as long as a Democrat is our only realistic choice, the question becomes, do we want Swalwell or a different freshman Democrat? On one level, they're all the same, they keep to the party line set by Nancy Pelosi and the ruling elite in the party, and we can't expect much in the way or original thinking. On another level, Swalwell has shown that he is at least not reading from Queen Nancy's script. So, he's likely the lesser of several evils.

On a more positive note, Swalwell did go on record as against the move to attack Syria. I commend him for that.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Get real! This isn't instigated by the Tea Party--rather supporters of Ellen Corbett trying to create an issue that she can run on.


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Posted by L
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

People are REALLY that offended by this? I have to believe that some of you are putting us on. At any rate, I'm getting tired of the tactic of waiting for something the least bit controversial to come from the other party, just to launch attacks with a holier-than-thou attitude.

It's just like when someone accidentally swears on TV. Everyone involved has to act so offended, they apologize profusely...come on.

Enough with the wussification of America. What Swalwell said wasn't the most professional thing, sure, but seriously. People need to get over it.

And for the commenter above who compared Weiner to Swalwell - really? Texting pictures of your junk and sexting with random chicks behind your wife's back after you went through this whole song and dance about being a changed man is the same thing as saying "wet dream"? Wow.

And no kid would ever get expelled for saying "wet dream" in school. Kids get expelled for selling drugs and pulling knives on each other. But then again, you compared Weiner to Swalwell, so I guess that thought makes sense for you.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I like Swalwell, but I agree that his use if this term was inappropriate. It just shows how crudity has slipped into everyday language. Just listen to the language routinely used on TV sitcoms nowadays. No need to over react to it though. Swalwell has probably done more in the last year than Stark did in his last term. I like Swalwell's well-publicized town hall meetings where he provides info re topics like immigration and healthcare. He's not afraid to speak his mind but he listens to opposing viewpoints respectfully. I would bet he's regretting using that expression. It does sound adolescent, as someone above mentioned.


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Posted by you've got to be kidding
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Obviously, Swalwell is copying conservative and right wing TV radio personality Rush Limbaugh who last year said that "Obama's actions are a dictator's wet dream."

Here is the link on Limbaugh - Web Link

So here we have an adolescent Congressman repeating almost word-for- word Rush Limbaugh, who Swalwell probably listens to day after day.

Swalwell is now the combination of Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern. I'm sure next he'll be giving his constituents the middle finger.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm

It sounded like a "Joe Biden" moment.


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2013 at 11:02 am


42. Forty-Two.

If you can't win a simple democratic vote, use dirty tricks to get what you want. It is the Republican Way.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

kidding, no you're lying, I've heard 'wet dream' to make a memorable point..for decades. I assure you Limbaugh was not the first in any group to use 'wet dream' to make a funny and get your attention. I'd also say it it's Ellen Corbet trying to get this young upstart who 'dared' to move in on 'her' territory, and screw up her plans.


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Posted by you've got to be kidding
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

What Swalwell said is his own fault, not the fault of any other politician.

At least at places I've worked, I've never heard anyone at work use the phrase 'wet dream' to make a memorable point.

But maybe the phrase is commonly used at pool halls, strip joints, monster truck events, etc.


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Posted by davida
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

A real poor choice of words, and a real professional and political gaffe. Offensive to women and plain immature.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Would you prefer "nocturnal emissions?"


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Posted by Jeanette Schuler
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Must have been talking about biotech and the chemags and their serious issues. Go Eric. Get rid of that biotech hef Ellen Corbett.7


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Posted by Surgin' Genrul
a resident of another community
on Sep 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

He might better have chosen the term 'circle jerk' to describe the behavior of his GOP brethren.

After all, they were awake (if not fully-conscious), and they entertained themselves as a group by performing an utterly unproductive, if entertaining ritual 42 times together.

It would be funny if they were adolescents, at camp, and were not ignoring the people's business -- like immigration and tax reform. Calling their behavior a 'wet dream' actually dignifies it.


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Posted by Forest
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Sep 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm

If Tim Hunt says Swalwell's reference was in poor taste, then I say so too. By the way, speaking of Tim Hunt, did you hear about any substantial hardships created by the last round of sequester cuts? You see, Tim apparently only goes on what he hears, and since he doesn't read, and he heard no one on the golf links was complaining, everything must be hunky dory. As to those food stamp cuts affecting millions of kids? No big deal. Honest. Tim says so.


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