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Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego Joins Eric Swalwell's Presidential Campaign

Ruben Gallego
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Ruben Gallego in KJZZ's studio in 2018.

After announcing he would not run for the 2020 Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego is getting involved in the race for the White House.

Gallego is serving as national campaign chair for fellow Rep. Eric Swalwell’s presidential run.

Speaking Sunday at Swalwell’s campaign launch in Dublin, California, Gallego said he and Swalwell had similar paths to Washington, and Swalwell has been active working against President Donald Trump on several House committees.

“He fights when other people are not willing to," Gallego said. "He cares when very few people want to. And let me tell you, he will be that president that we can all truly look up to.”

Gallego said his goal as a campaign director is to raise enough money to get him to the first debate, scheduled for late June.

Swalwell is the 18th Democrat to  declare candidacy for president

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.