Skip to comments.Pete Stark, raving congressman
Posted on 05/03/2012 9:09:23 AM PDT by SmithL
Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, has made some nasty charges during his 19 terms in Congress. Stark has called a female colleague a "whore," a male colleague a "little fruitcake," and a black Cabinet member "a disgrace to his race." At a political debate last month, Stark accused Democratic challenger Eric Swalwell, a Dublin city councilman, of accepting "hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes" - without presenting any proof.
Later, Stark issued a lukewarm apology.
At a Chronicle editorial board meeting Tuesday, Stark completed the crazy circle when he accused someone in the room of giving money to Swalwell's campaign - a violation of journalistic ethics. He then named me.
Stark said he had the documentation, but - of course - he did not. The accusation was worse than false; it demonstrated how out of touch Stark has become.
He doesn't do his homework. (Indeed, he told us his 16-year-old son dug up the goods on me.) He doesn't read the local newspaper. (He didn't realize that no one in the room believed for a second that The Chronicle's conservative columnist wrote a check to a Democrat.) He shoots off his mouth, then lets others ask questions.
Stark is 80, uses a cane and a hearing aid. Writing about his latest gaffe feels almost like mugging an old lady. Except that Stark has been smearing people for decades.
Stark has personified all the things that are wrong with Washington. A gerrymandered district loaded with Democrats protected him from losing to a Republican; until now, no serious Democrat dared challenge him. No matter what Stark said, no matter how much his antics shamed Congress, Stark knew no fear of losing re-election; he knew only arrogance and entitlement.
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His wife left him years ago!
Hopefully this will be the year the fruits and nuts in California will see the light and get rid of this kook. Anybody know what are the chances??? Anyone got any polling data? Any CA FReepers on here?
Since it is Califruitcakenia is Swalwell to the left of Stark Raving mad Stark?
After all, Swalwell IS a dimocrat. Stark just made an assumption based on well established tradition.
He’s 80 and he has a 16 year old son. I think that makes him a jerk.