Another conservative seeks to take on Pete Stark

Is there a TEA Party fly in the Republican ointment in the 13th Congressional District, or vice versa?

Most of the local “TEA Party” conservatives had seemed to gravitate toward “Coach” Luis Garcia, 49, of Fremont, an information technology worker at Cisco Systems, in last month’s GOP primary as their man to challenge Rep. Pete Stark in November.

Forest BakerBut business executive Forest Baker, 62, won the GOP primary with almost 55 percent of the vote to Garcia’s 45 percent. Baker as of last October was registered to vote at an address in Mountain View, which lies in Rep. Anna Eshoo’s 14th Congressional District; Congressional candidates are not, however, required to live within the bounds of the district in which they seek election, only within the same state.

Now information is circulating on at least one local conservative mailing list urging people to take a look at Chris Pareja, who apparently is working to get on November’s ballot as an independent. From the message I received:

He is an excellent conservative candidate – the only conservative in the race. Forest Baker is the Republican candidate, but is a RINO who believes the Constitution is a living document and does not need to be strictly adhered to. He has no chance to beat Stark, but Pareja can get votes from independents and Democrats, as well as Republicans if he can get enough signatures on his petition to get on the ballot.

Chris ParejaPareja, 38, of Hayward, runs the Pleasanton-based B2B Power Exchange, a business networking outfit. On his website, he describes himself as a “Tea Party Independent” galvanized into political activity by last year’s health-care reform debate.

“I am sick and tired of the ‘Democrat’ versus ‘Republican’ bickering. In fact, I find that when I remove the labels, Americans agree on issues 70% of the time!” he wrote. “Democrats, Independents and Republicans have all told me they feel America has been hijacked by career politicians that believe they can dictate what is best for the people. But every day, citizens – many of whom have never watched politics very closely – are starting to wake up to what is happening in Washington DC (and Sacramento), and they want to put their country back on track.”

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.

  • deadwood

    Jason: This is a very incomplete blog post.

    Why do you mention the companies that Pareja and Garcia work for, but not Baker?

    And why are you featuring negative campaign messaging from Pareja without getting a response from Baker?

    Additionally, you pose the question – “Is there a TEA Party fly in the Republican ointment in the 13th Congressional District, or vice versa?” – without offering any answers.

    It seems odd that you would mention “at least one local conservative mailing list” without telling us where the comments actually originated … hmmm, maybe that’s the fly you’re looking for!?

  • deadwood


  • Josh Richman


    1.) Garcia and Pareja name their employers on their campaign websites; Baker does not, describing his employer only as “a Silicon Valley high tech manufacturer with factories in Asia.” He describes his profession as “American Capitalist.”

    2.) I had to run out of here last night on another commitment; I’ve asked Baker for a comment, and as soon as I receive it, I’ll update this post.

    3.) It’s clearly a rhetorical question. If TEA Partiers liked Garcia over Baker and now might support an independent rather than the Republican nominee, they see Baker as the fly in the ointment; Republicans voting in the primary clearly preferred Baker, so to them Pareja would be the fly.

    4.) The quote I offered came from a message on the SF Bay 912 Project Meetup list.

  • Virginia Westfall

    What are Forests stand on the various issues?
    I have been searching all the websites and can not find anything other than his one statement. Lots of ads not words. Coach and Chris put on the web where they stand and were/are happy to talk with all residents of District 13. I was disturbed by Forests stand on the consitution and some of the infor in his book. I would really like to go to a gathering where Forest is speaking and answering questions. I am sending an inquire on where he will be speaking.If Forest were to win, are we just voting out a senile old Democrat to put a simular republican in office. That would be a same. We are looking for a constitutiona conservative candadite who is willing to listen and work for all the citizens of District 13.
    Who is not swayed by big business and special interests, who will work to take from the free loaders and bring out country back.

  • Chris Pareja, the independent candidate for congress in the 13th district will be at the Fremont Art and Wine Festival this weekend, July 31 and August 1. The festival is open from 10 am until 6 pm. Chris is having a petition drive to get the signatures he needs to get his name on the ballot. Come and meet Chris Pareja. I don’t think you will be disappointed. He is a true conservative who holds up family values as a priority. Chris understands the economy and how to make it work so America can be successful again and tap into the creative souls who create, invent and produce things that make this country unique and great. He understands that 70% of the small businesses create the jobs so they shouldn’t be burdened with too much taxation. People are losing their jobs left and right. Just helping small businesses with tax cuts would put Americans back to work. Chris Pareja understands all of this and supports it. Chris is for America, the constitution, the principals of our founding fathers and less government. He is for a free America, free markets and freedom to be the person you were inspired to be. Come to the event and meet Chris Pareja. Volunteer to get petitions signed for him. Spread the word about this great candidate. CD 13 does have another chance to vote for a conservative candidate as opposed to two socialists. Chris Pareja is the one to vote for. Come sign the petition.

  • Doctors are still dealing with the Stark laws against so-called kickbacks. We don’t need more of Rep. Stark’s legislation.

    See: http://lucidicus.org/editorials.php?nav=20100824a