Poll: Did Stark Cross A Line With His 'Bribe' Jibe?

Was it politics or slander when Congressman Pete Stark accused opponent Eric Swalwell of taking money in exchange for zoning votes -- without offering proof?


A recent headline in the political blog, Daily Kos, gets right to the punch: Is Democratic Rep. Pete Stark Losing It?

That question is prompted mainly by Stark's recent accusation that Eric Swalwell, who is running against him in the coming June primary for Congress, accepted "hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes" from a developer -- a remark that has been widely reported.

Swalwell, an Alameda County Deputy District Attorney and Dublin City Councilman, has demanded a retraction.

So far Stark has been silent, neither offering proof nor an apology.

Stark has also been taken to task for falsely accussing Swalwell of failing to vote in recent elections, as reported by the Contra Costa Times.

Is it time for Stark to put-up or shut-up? And if he can't back up the bribery charge, what should he do?

Vote in our poll and leave a comment.

Voter with an ID April 19, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Guilty until proven innocent? Or, in the words used by several prominent dem politicians 'it's the seriousness of the charge, not whether he's guilty or innocent." Is this really what you guys are promoting in order to save face for this senile, out of touch incumbent? Politics are in a very sad state these days, especially in calif.
Thomas Clarke April 19, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Ken, Stark has likely taken a great many gratuities. No one has prosecuted him for bribe taking. The laws being what they are I suspect he is very careful on this. As creeps go, that is not a crime. If being a creep was a crime Nate Miley would be in jail along with Nadia Lokyer, Bill Lokyer the voyeur, Mary Hayashi and most developers of real estate and certainly every banker. It just does not work that way. It would be nice if it did, but there would be no representatives or leaders or politiicans. Why you say? Simple, the position of authority over systems, programs, people and money corrupts over time. They are all equally foul.
Fran April 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I didn't know much about Stalwell either, maybe Pete's onto something...Inquisitive voters should look into these matters :) Y'know? Because it does happen from time to time. Newsflash: Developers contribute to council members for preferential treatment. Pete's not my guy anymore, and perhaps he is getting a little rough around the edges, at least to those who are easily offended, but I respect the man, he has always stood for what he believes in. Most don't even beleive in anything for that matter. I'd really hate to see him lose to this putz.
Fran April 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM
LMAO, I was just on Swalwell's site. He lumps Germany in with India and China, To quote, "China, India, Germany and other countries have lured U.S. manufacturing -- old and new industries alike – with promises of cash, free land and buildings, and other subsidies that drive job creation and profitability." LMAO, Pete should have called him out on that...This guy must really be clueless.
John April 20, 2012 at 12:32 AM
You're pretty carefree with the reputation of others. Perhaps you don't value your own enough.


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