Posted by R Walters, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:14 am
I'm a lifelong Democrat, but I'm getting sick and tired of the party insider elite suggesting to us, that sure, Pete is old and tired, but if we'll just wait two more years, then they'll give us some "good choices".
Corbett, Hosterman, and Ro Khanna, all had wanted to run this time.
Any one of them could have beaten Pete Stark. Corbett had hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds. Khanna has over a million in his campaign warchest.
But guess what, they all wimped out. Allowed the best interests of our district to be pushed aside by party "pros" who said wait your turn, repect Pete. Allow Pete to have his "swan song" despite being too mentally depleted to truely represent the people.
So to these three "future" candidates, I say, sorry but you should have been brave. You should have done the right thing this year, not waited 2 more years while the district had a ineffective representative.
NO. I'll vote for Swalwell this time and if you think you are better in 2 years, then make a real run for the office instead of a wimpy announcement for a election 2 years off.
We need new blood now.
For goodness sakes, Pete Stark refuses to even appear in any public forum between now and the election. A shocking inability to even trust his own self in public.
They are hiding Pete out of fear of what he'll say or do.
Posted by Mark, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Oct 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Bravo R Walters!! Well said. Swalwell has my vote even though I'm a conservative Republican!! I grew up in this area and lived in San Leandro and am so sick and tired of Pete Stark and his arrogance. He has been in Congress for almost as long as I could vote! Until this election there was never a serious challenger in this Democratic party controlled district. Time for the people to Retire Stark!
Posted by Pello, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm
I love it! What a nut fest. A bunch of left-wing loon political hacks maneuvering to replace the biggest hack of them all. Pete Stark is even crazier than Pelosi (which is saying a lot). I am rooting for Swalwell to beat Stark so he can preempt uber loons like Corbett and The Hippy Mayor.
Posted by Larry, a resident of Livermore, on Oct 15, 2012 at 11:44 am
Sounds to me like another swap the seat around, keep anyone new from getting into the club. It's time to vote them all out, and bring in new blood that isn't contaminated. Pete Stark is a shameful excuse a public servant. Anyone that gives him your vote, get your head examined.
Posted by JC, a resident of the Gatewood neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm
Stark needs to go now. Completely agree with those that think that the political "insiders" are doing us no good by not running against him this time. Don't like Swalwell much but he has my vote, a vote that no "insider" will get including all those who were planning to running in 2 years. Their inability to take a stand and make a commitment to the, oh no here it comes, THE VOTERS, and not the PARTY only shows that they are NOT committed to doing a job for the betterment of the VOTERS just for themselves.
Posted by common sense, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm
Stark actually lives in Maryland, but keeps a household in Alameda County for residence purposes. He collects Social Security for his under 18 children, ie. he knows how to work the system. Well, if the San Leandro state senator wants to run for Congress in 2 yrs she can. Keeping Stark for 2 more years just to have her run for office is not a viable option. Let's replace Stark NOW.