Swalwell jokes about 'bad decisions' after bleached-hair yearbook photo resurfaces

Swalwell jokes about 'bad decisions' after bleached-hair yearbook photo resurfaces
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate MORE joked Wednesday that he had made some "bad decisions" in his life after an old photo of the California Democrat with  bleached hair resurfaced. 

Dubbing himself a member of the "#BleachBoys," Swalwell responded to "Kasie DC" host and NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt, who retweeted the photo and quipped that the 1990s were a "rough decade" for many.

"All of us make bad decisions in high school. Sometimes those decisions involve bleach. I swear there were others," Swalwell quipped.

The photo, published by the California-based Mercury News this week, is from Swalwell's 1999 high school yearbook. The Mercury News article, which explored the yearbooks of other political figures, described Swalwell as wearing a "bow-tie, moussed blond hair and almost-Trumpian tan."

The Mercury News also included two photos of California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who reportedly was voted "most stylish" by his classmates in Redwood High School’s 1985 yearbook.


Swalwell, a 38-year-old four-term congressman, has said he is considering running for president in 2020. He said earlier this month that he would make a decision concerning a bid by the end of March.

“There are three questions I’ve asked myself,” he said during an interview at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. “Do I think I can make a difference? Do I think I can win? Because I don’t think — even if you can make a difference, if you can’t win, it’s a hell of a sacrifice to take your family and friends and home constituents through.”

“And then three, can we get the child care for two kids under two to do it?” he added at the time.