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Video: Congressman Stark Makes an Accusation, But Can't Back it Up — Again

Minutes after claiming a Chronicle writer was contributing to Eric Swalwell's campaign, Rep. Pete Stark retracted the accusation.

Congressman Pete Stark visited with San Francisco Chronicle reporters and editors on Tuesday and claimed one writer, Debra J. Saunders, was contributing to his opponent's (Eric Swalwell) campaign.

When people in the room demanded he prove this, Stark looked at the papers in front of him and after an awkward few moments, retracted the accusation.

The Chronicle posted the video (above) of the incident on their Politics blog Tuesday.

This comes on the heels of Stark making another retraction, after while on the Dublin City Council from a prominent real-estate family in exchange for votes on zoning issues.

Stark couldn't prove the charge and .

Stark, Swalwell (both Democrats) and conservative Chris Pareja are competing for the open seat in the newly formed 15th Congressional District, which includes San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Castro Valley, San Leandro and Union City.

The top two in June's primary election will compete in the general election.

Brash Brazen May 08, 2012 at 11:52 AM
They say when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag & carrying a bible. Ron appears to be their minister of propaganda as he believes if he keeps repeating his specious rhetoric someone might mistake it for fact. Complaining about bias in media when you get your "fair & balanced" facts from FOX News is the height of hypocrisy. When your agenda is repeatably rejected by your neighbors all you can do is whine about liberals & bitch about the stupidity of those who dismiss you. It's actually kind of sad,I think I'm starting to tear up !
Tim May 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Yes Brash.... less Fox, more MSLSD. Do I have that about right? Nothing says "fair and balanced" like Ed "the red, who's overfed"... or perhaps Rachel Madcow... or Chris "I'll have another drink" Matthews... oh and my all time favorite, Al "not so" Sharpton. Yes sir, that's some hard news over at MSLSD.
Brash Brazen May 08, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Typical right-wing name calling by someone who can't handle the truth. At least MSNBC dispenses factual information unlike the GOP cheerleaders at FOX News. FOX NEWS isn't quite as "fair & balanced" as you are & your viewpoints are amongst the most extremely biased of anyone commenting here. You've wrapped the flag so tightly around you that it's apparently cutting off the flow of blood to your brain ! You're toxic agenda will be rejected by your neighbors at the ballot box once again this year,so it's time to start working on another rant about stupid liberal voters. Your deplorable attacks on every issue your neighbors hold dear encourages more people to abandon the Republican Party than my concise & heartfelt comments could ever hope to sway. Keep up the good work,you're killing what little is left of the GOP here !
Tim May 08, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I know, people who watch Fox News are so "toxic".... that's funny because Bill O'Reilly has the most watched cable news program on tv and it's been that way for over 10 years now. He outdraws CNN and MSNBC COMBINED for the 8pm hour and every other prime time slot Fox dominates CNN and MSNBC as well. But you're right, it's "toxic" and no one watches... those ratings don't mean anything anyway, right? And, yes, everyone has abandoned the Republican Party since Obama was anointed... you must have amnesia because the Democrat Party has their asses handed to them in November 2010. YOUR party lost over 60 Congressional seats and over 680 state legislative seats. There are now more GOP governors than Democrat governors. The 2010 election was a thumping for your party... the Democrats were all but wiped out in blue collar, working class, battleground states like Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, etc. Good luck this November... Obama can't even muster 50% in the polls as an incumbent... that's not good news... He will have coattails right down the ballot... coattails to the unemployment line.
EdwinT May 18, 2012 at 06:39 PM
"Pete" Stark is a shame to our congressional system. He is a hypocrate, defames people with no proof and has never voted for bills that benefit our country. Early in his career he was an advocate for school bussing. He was an advocate of forcing kids to be bussed while his own children were being chauffeured to a private. Stark is one of the most anti-American congressman in the house. Castro? Chavez? There isn't a marxist dictator that "U.S. Congressman" Stark does not back. He does not represent his district, he doesn't even live in California because the taxes are too high. Yet he votes for every tax increase bill.

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