Pete Stark is back in the hospital

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, had a bout with pneumonia earlier this year, and although he went back to work after that, he still had a rather deep cough when I saw him earlier this month. Acting on a tip given to a colleague, I asked his office about his health today, and got a response from the horse’s mouth:

Your tip was right. I’m back in the hospital to see if they can find an antibiotic that will accelerate my recovery from pneumonia. I’m impatient being a patient and want out! Docs and nurses think I’m faking and only trying to get an insider’s view of medicine for reform. Video camera is rolling — next Michael Moore here.

Be well,

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.