I’m shocked and appalled that the Independent would lower their morals to the standards practiced by Pete Stark.
Their rationale for supporting him is based on previous brief flashes of respectability surrounded by many more examples of a man who is dishonest, hot headed and not at all shy in throwing out flat out lies.
One should support a candidate who shows real leadership and perhaps most importantly honesty. Their statement that “Stark is aging and arrogant when dealing with his opponents” should have also included his verified dishonesty and his verified false hoods that he has spouted about anybody who dares to challenge him. Let me recount some specifics.
Dishonest? You be the judge. The office of Congressional Ethics United States House of Representatives investigated Pete Stark in November 2009 for alleged violation regarding listing his house that he owns in Harwood, Maryland as his principal residence on Maryland tax forms. By doing so, Representative Stark received state and county homestead tax credits and any annual increases in his home assessments were capped at no more than 10 percent. In order to qualify for the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit, Maryland law requires the home to be used as the owner’s ‘‘principal residence’’—where the homeowner regularly resides and is designated for voting, obtaining a driver’s license, and filing income tax returns. When questioned on this he continually didn’t remember or didn’t recall. Is this the type of representation that the Independent supports?
Aging? You be the judge. Representative Fortney “Pete” Stark identified Fremont based Solyndra –the bankrupt solar energy firm as a car manufacturer when asked about his views on new polices regarding Silicon Valley and high tech. Interestingly he apparently never figured out that it’s Tesla Motors that makes electric cars as he never acknowledged his error.
Arrogant? You be the judge. Pete Stark accused San Francisco Chronicle conservative columnist Debra J. Saunders of donating to his opponent. A statement that he knew was not true.
In addition, Pete Stark accused one of his opponents of taking “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in bribes, again an out right lie in which he had to apologize later for such a statement.
Stark also had accused one of his opponents of having a spotty voting record. But Alameda County Registrar of Voters records show that his opponent has voted in every election since he returned in 2006 from Maryland, where he had attended college and law school.
These are just a few examples of the type of person that Fortney “Pete” Stark is.
Fortunately, newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Contra Costa Times and the Hayward Daily Review endorse somebody else for Congress.
Is Pete Stark really the type of person that we want to support?