Back in June 1972, a more youthful Stark ran a newspaper ad touting himself as “40 years old, consistently against the Vietnam war, sponsor of district programs for more jobs and higher standard of living,” and his opponent – veteran incumbent George Paul Miller, of no relation to Stark’s current colleage – as “81 years old, a congressman for 28 years, has consistently voted for continuing the Vietnam war and advocates vast space spending programs.”
Swalwell’s new flyer reprints that 1972 ad alongside his own, which describes him as “31 years old, City Councilman and prosecutor with energy and ideas to create new jobs. Will work in bipartisan fashion to clean up Congress and Wall Street,” while describing Stark as “80 years old and 40-year member of Congress. Has resided in Maryland for more than 20 years. Has missed more than 20 percent of votes in the last session of Congress.”
The ads have similar layouts, and similar goals. Like Stark’s 1972 ad, Swalwell’s 2012 ad instructs readers when and where to see the candidates side-by-side: at a forum at 8 p.m. this Tuesday, April 10 in the Hayward City Council’s chambers at 777 B St., sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Eden Area. Stark and Swalwell have faced off a few times already at various local Democratic clubs, but this is the first nonpartisan forum and so will be the first to also include conservative independent candidate Chris Pareja.
BTW, note that Swalwell’s dig at Stark’s record of missed votes speaks of “the last session of Congress.” GovTrack.us’ nifty graph shows Stark did indeed miss a lot of votes in the 111th Congress – he has acknowledged this, and explained that he was down for a while with pneumonia – but has improved his record in this current 112th Congress.