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Pete Stark gets DiFi’s nod, but gaffes anew

Right after news of Rep. Pete Stark’s campaign staff shakeup came news of a prominent, albeit not unexpected, endorsement: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

“We need Pete Stark in Washington to continue defending Social Security, Medicare, and creating jobs in technology and manufacturing. President Obama and I endorse him based on his years of service and leadership,” Feinstein said in a news release issued by Stark’s campaign.

Stark, D-Fremont, is also opening a new campaign office in Dublin – the home turf of his challenger, Dublin councilman and Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell, also a Democrat. In fact, Stark’s campaign office will be in the same union hall in which the TriValley Democratic Club – of which Swalwell is a longtime member – meets.

But Stark didn’t exactly cover himself in glory while taking questions at an event today in Union City – before he could be ushered away, he said he won’t debate Swalwell because he’d probably get the same “stupid” questions reporters were asking him there. The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci has the story and video.

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.