It’s not uncommon for politicians to make friendly wagers backing local sports teams in the communities they represent. What isuncommon, however, is pretending Swalwell is an avid sports nut. This is, after all, a guy who broke both of his thumbs playing soccer.
That said, Swalwell is super-convinced the San Francisco 49ers will take down the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game. The 49ers are favored by 4 points, or in Swalwell’s world – two baskets.
Swalwell took to his Twitter account to issue a challenge to Cruz.
“If the @dallascowboys beat the @49ers I won’t tweet for the rest of January,” Swalwell wrote. “If the @49ers win you can’t tweet for rest of January. How Texan are you, Ted? Deal?”
Ted Cruz Fires Back After Swalwell Issues Bet
I will make this open bet to @tedcruz — if the @dallascowboys beat the @49ers I won’t tweet for the rest of January. If the @49ers win you can’t tweet for rest of January. How Texan are you, Ted? Deal?— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 17, 2023
Nothing quite says ‘nerd alert’ like Swalwell challenging Ted Cruz to a football bet by offering up … checks notes … no Tweets for roughly one week.
So stunning. So brave. He really threw down the gauntlet there.
Cruz fired back with his own terms of the wager.
“How about we bet a Chinese dinner instead?” he quipped.
Cruz’s ‘Chinese dinner’ jab is an obvious reference to the controversy involving Eric Swalwell when it was discovered the congressman had ties to a woman by the name of Christine Fang (aka Fang Fang).
How about we bet a Chinese dinner instead? https://t.co/7sSk1jwiGl— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 17, 2023
A bombshell report in 2020 indicated Fang “took part in fundraising activity for Rep. Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign” and interacted with the Congressman “at multiple events over the course of several years.”
Fang had allegedly served as a Chinese Intelligence operative with China’s Ministry of State Security.
There has been speculation that the relationship was sexual, something Swalwell has not specifically denied. Full article here.