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After Losing the Election, What Should Pete Stark do Next?

After having a steady job in Congress for the last 40 years, Pete Stark is out of a job. What should he do next?

A long political career came to an unplanned halt on Tuesday for Rep. Pete Stark.

Stark lost his bid for his 21st term, losing the election in the 15th Congressional District to Eric Swalwell.

It ended one of the most influential Bay Area political careers in the last 40 years. Stark was in Congress since 1972 and was a champion for liberal causes, including health care.

But he's now out of a job. Though he's 80 years old, he wasn't planning on retirement.

So, what advice would give him? How could he have a productive impact on society? Should he consider trying to win his seat back in two years? Let us know.

Karen November 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I never did like the man due to his arrogant attitude. I would have respected him somewhat if he had recognized the fact that his mental faculties were slipping and he needed to refrain from running again. This just continued to represent his lack of respect for his constituents. Good riddence. We now have a young, energetic representative in Eric Swalwell who will represent our interests and work to benefit this country.
Talisa C. November 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Pete Stark represented the majority of the residents in his district for decades. The residents voted for him because he was the candidate who most closely represented their views and principles. Pete Stark did his part, did his share of public service. He's earned respect and his retirement. Everyone should wish him well and good health to enjoy his retirement. Then we should all focus on what's left in front of us. Now we have a top two candidate system where two democrats can run against each other. Swallowell says he is a 'democrat'. His own actions will decide if he really is. His actions will result in whether or not he is re-elected. If he doesn't represent the majority of voters he will be flushed away and replaced by someone who really does represent his voter base.
Fred Eiger November 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM
The "Residents" I notice how you didn't say "voters" or "citizens" of his district. Anyway, the majority of Pete Starks supporters were unmoral welfare loving government sucking leeches like him. I'm sure they're sitting around now thinking; "oh who do I call for my welfare check and free food now?"
Fred Eiger November 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Not to mention he's also collecting Social Security for his 3 minor kids. What a sponge. He never lived in this district so we don't have to worry about ever seeing him again. That in and of itself is beautiful.
Eddie November 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM
We are looking for a Community Service Manager at www.recycle1234.com. The Job is to let locals folks know about the benifits of Electronic Waste Recycling. We would love for Pete to work with us, now that he has some time on his hand. Eddie www.recycle1234.com
Talisa C. November 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Freddie, You need to find some new friends who live here in San Leandro. Because if you think the majority of San Leandro is on a welfare check and getting free food, then you clearly don't get out much at all. I would guess the only folks who might fit your description of San Leandro voters are the folks who have the misfortune of hearing your rambling while you talk to the TV between swigs. The ones you consider your friends.
Fred Eiger November 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Look, Stark represented the Tri-Valley for 20 years. He lost that area in every election. It was Alameda, Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Hayward that overwhelmed the Tri-Valley and continued to send Pete Stark to Washington in the 1970's and 1980's. When a new district was formed out there Pete's district moved south towards San Jose. Many people from San Leandro and Hayward fled to the Tri-Valley to get away from all the crime hoards that flooded in the 1990's. They know what Pete Stark is all about. That's why, as luck would have it, they saw their chance to preserve their area and send Stark packing.
Tim November 11, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Fred, Stark didn't just represent the "unmoral welfare loving government sucking leeches" he also represented the out of control union thugs that funded his campaigns every two years.... oh wait, never mind, you're right.
Joy Montgomery November 11, 2012 at 04:08 AM
My goodness! I'm guessing that "amoral, welfare-loving, government-sucking leeches" and "out of control union thugs" is how "conservatives" define hard-working, tax-paying Democrats? It doesn't seem at all conservative; it seems absolutely extremist and extremely anti-American. United we stand; divided we fall. Don't make our enemies so happy.
T. Brickle November 11, 2012 at 04:16 AM
He should start by removing all of his campaign signs from our city. By the way, most of them were illegally posted, per Livermore's municipal code. Unfortunately, he was not the only candidate who decided to disregard the law and post their signs illegally. It always amazes me how these people are the ones that create the law yet when it suits them, they conveniently forget or downright ignore the law. It may only be a municipal code but, it is still a law.
Shelley Covey November 11, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Thanks for your comments, Al. This campaign season has been especially full of rancor and name calling. We need to confine our comments, even our online and social media responses, to the issues at hand and find a way to have a more civil discourse.
David Ross November 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
This alone is enough to make sure I never got to your website or use your services. Why would you want a senile narcissistic old man for your spokesman?
David Ross November 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
They also write the laws so that they are exempt. Look at the Do Not Call list. Put your phone on the list and no one is suppose to call you unsolicited... except charities and jackasses, er, politician organizations.
Steve November 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Retire. It is a shame he lasted this long. The only reason he did is that this area is so stubbornly Democratic, that even Jesus would lose if he ran as a Republican. Now the primary rules have changed, thank God.
Eddie November 11, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Mr David Ross, The Job offer was tongue and cheek. To put it simply - a JOKE. I am a hard working business man. We have grown our business from a small shed to a 130,000 sq foot facility over the past 9 years. "The Govt did not build my business". God Bless! Eddie www.recycle1234.com
David Ross November 11, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Sorry - I didn't catch the sarcasm. I'm glad to hear you aren't hiring the 'esteemed' Stark.
Matt Cullum November 11, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Pete should have retired before this election. He has earned our respect for his decades of public service. Pete was reelected by our district because he earned our confidence with his actions and tenacity to fight the extremist right wing. As far as all the out of district chump haters, it's easy to say all your vile shit here, but if you are brave enough to say it to Pete's face, even in his 80s, he would kick your ass!
Matt Cullum November 11, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Keep your religion out of our politic.
Matt Cullum November 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Well stated and spot on, Swallowell has big shoes to fill! I hope he does well.
Matt Cullum November 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Fred, let go of the hate. All your hateful ranting is bad for your health. You can be better than this.
Voter with an ID November 12, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Matt, you are almost as pathetic as old Pete. Old and irrelevant, full of arrogance and obnoxiousness and no longer in a position to ruin people's lives. The only thing you stated correctly in your talking points was that he should have retired long ago....long, long ago. When will you be following Pete back to Maryland?
Steve November 12, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Pete should just retire to his home on the 6 acre farm in Maryland and play with his 11 year old twins. They deserve some more time with their father. After all he was not spending much time in CA and he missed hundreds of votes in Congress. He won't have to pay rent on the condo/apartment in Fremont anymore.
JC November 12, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Become a guest commentator on the arounddublin blog and join their cacophony of spewed malavelance. Pete is well practiced.
Rich Buckley November 13, 2012 at 03:19 AM
What I find strangly interesting about the past 40-year time blip is the synchronicity of two linked windows into the time line of Mr. Stark's life (1) he comes into our lives riding the Peace Sign atop his bank's building at 1500 Newall Ave, Walnut Creek controversial at the time for recommending investors should not buy US Bonds and (2) exits our lives 40-years later the same week they demolish 1500 Newall Ave. http://tinyurl.com/anar5oa Who's writing this weird script anyway?
Matt Cullum November 13, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Well stated, thank you for your post.
Chris November 13, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Well, at least we now have a member of congress who will openly accept bribes from companies and grant government contracts to them. (See: Swallwell and AVI)
Dan Arnhem November 13, 2012 at 05:25 AM
If the Alameda County Democratic Party were in charge of that building, they'd insist on a 2 year delay in demolishing it. They'd ask that all new building and plans be put on hold out of respect for the old building.
Voter with an ID November 13, 2012 at 06:08 AM
as opposed to doing it on the down-low (see any other Dem)
Fred Eiger November 14, 2012 at 04:34 AM
They should have imploded that building, just like Stark's Congressional Career. Gone in a fit of dust.
Steve November 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Pete stark should go home to Maryland and play with his children.

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