I went looking today, and here’s what the Alameda County Registrar of Voters provided (click image to enlarge and clarify):
This shows that Swalwell, 31, has voted in every election since June 2006.
I reached out to Alex Tourk, Stark’s campaign strategist. Here’s what he said:
According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, Eric Swalwell registered to vote in Alameda County in November 2001, but did not vote in Alameda County until 2006. In between those dates, Swalwell did not vote in Alameda County, missing a total of 6 elections (out of a total of 14 through November 2010). He did begin voting in 2006, as the VAN indicates.
The County’s records prove that Congressman Stark’s desperate hail mary was flat wrong. From 2001 to 2006, I lived and voted in Maryland. When I returned home from law school, I voted regularly in California. Congressman Stark, however, lives in Maryland, without a residence in California, and continues to register to vote at his in-laws house in San Lorenzo.
Swalwell’s LinkedIn profile indicates he received a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2003, and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2006. He’s a 1999 graduate of Dublin High School.
UPDATE @ 4:20 P.M. WEDNESDAY: This just in from Swalwell’s camp –
PLEASANTON, CA– Yesterday, April 10, 2012 the three candidates for Congress in CA-15 – business owner Chris Pareja, Congressman Pete Stark and Dublin City Councilmember Eric Swalwell – debated in a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Eden Area.
Throughout the hour-long forum, Congressman Stark repeatedly used personal attacks and false accusations against challenger Eric Swalwell. The lowest attack occurred when Congressman Stark repeatedly accused Swalwell of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. This serious accusation is flatly false.
At the conclusion of the debate, as Swalwell shook Congressman Stark’s hand, Stark’s behavior spiraled completely into the gutter as he lodged additional profanity-laced insults as reported in the East Bay Citizen.
“We can do better, and we must demand better from our elected Member of Congress.” said Swalwell. “Congressman Stark’s attacks were defamatory and I ask that he come forward in the next 24 hours with proof of these outrageous and completely false accusations of bribery. I believe a public apology is also in order.”
UPDATE @ 10:35 P.M. WEDNESDAY: And, from Alex Tourk:
“Congressman Stark has been personally attacked by Eric Swalwell day in and day out for the past six months while focusing on the job at hand: defending universal health care, protecting Social Security and Medicare and jump starting our nation’s economy. This is politics, not a pony ride.”
I’ve asked Tourk whether he or the Congressman can provide any documentation to support the bribery allegation.