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Swalwell Seeking Legal Action Against Stark For Accusations

Stark's accusation that Swalwell took bribes while on the Dublin City Council has become the main talking point of the congressional campaign.

Since Rep. Pete Stark claimed in a  that his rival Eric Swalwell took bribes while on the Dublin City Council, the Swalwell campaign has demanded proof of the accusation.

They haven't received any. Now Swalwell is taking Stark to court.

Swalwell, who is a lawyer himself with Alameda District Attorney's office, has retained attorney James Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP. The Swalwell campaign said Tuesday that Wagstaffe will send Stark a letter asking for a retraction or face legal action for defamation.

“My latest FEC filing is public as well as my Form 700s that contain information about my personal finances since being elected to the Dublin City Council," said Swalwell. "Again, there is no proof to these outrageous and untrue allegations.” 

Stark's accusation that Swalwell took bribes in connection with a controversial housing situation that came before the Dublin City Council last year, has become the main talking point of the campaign between the two democrats and conservative Chris Pareja in the newly formed 15th Congressional District.

On Wednesday, the San Francsico Chronicle published an article, which said, "...even Democratic Party loyalists suggest the 20-term congressman may have crossed a line with his recent shocking, and unsubstantiated, charges of bribery against an Alameda County prosecutor who is challenging Stark's re-election bid."

The three-man race will be cut to two after the primary election in June, with the top two finishers, no matter the political party, competing in the general election.

Concerned Citizen April 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Who could possibly be surprised that a scumbag career politician like Stark would stoop to this? Shame on him. Another reason it is time for him to go!!
Mike April 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Just one of the thousand reason Stark needs to be kicked out of Congress.
David Hagebush April 19, 2012 at 08:38 PM
We've watched and listened to the arrogance of Mr. Stark for more than a decade. It is time for the man to move on to a more productive job.
PleasantMama April 20, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Swalwell certainly seems to have a lot of people monitoring these sites and posting in his support. It's been interesting to see the comments posted all over The Patch website recently. But the hateful speech and constant attacks aren't very becoming and aren't really making me want to learn more about Swalwell. He seems to be building his campaign with a constant tone of hostility, which is exactly what most of us citizens are sick of hearing in the political arena. I have seen a lot of disparaging remarks about Stark, but very little about what Swalwell could offer. Personally, I think it's time to stop bashing Stark and focus on what he plans to offer the community. For the record, I'm an undecided voter and open to hearing his side. But I'm not impressed with all the "scandal" BS. Time to move on.
Elizabeth April 20, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I agree PleasantMama. Dublin has a $500 contribution limit per entity for campaign contributions and elected officials have to sign an oath they haven't taken more than $500 from someone in an election cycle which runs from prior to an election to June 30th of the following calendar year. Read http://www.arounddublinblog.com/2012/04/dublin-ca-eric-swalwell-pipsqueak-making-congressional-campaign-all-about-him/#more-5998 In Dublin, not counting the Congressional election, when is Swalwell going to apologize for for taking over $10,000 from the Lins and Charter Properties and its affiliated businesses located at Chabot Drive in Pleasanton rather than sticking with the $500 limit per the city's campaign contribution rules? Violation of this law could mean six months in jail. Will he simply point fingers at his fundraising consultant/treasurer Thomas Daly or actually take responsibility for his own mistakes?

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