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Stark and Swalwell lay it out for Dem lawyers

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, and his Democratic challenger, Alameda County prosecutor and Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell, have written to seek a local Democratic club’s support, and their requests very neatly encapsulate what their respective campaigns are all about.

Pete Stark (photo by Aric Crabb)The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club meets Friday in Oakland to decide its endorsements. Stark’s letter to club, dated Tuesday, notes he has “enjoyed a long and beneficial relationship with the legal community in Alameda County and worked with you to protect consumers, homeowners and tenants, patients, children with special educational needs, workers, women, and our environment.”

After rattling off some names from his list of endorsements, Stark, 80, noted he “worked with the Obama Administration to craft the Affordable Care Act, and with prior Administrations to create COBRA and ensure care is not denied at emergency rooms. As we fight increasingly deceptive attacks against Medicare and Social Security, I am committed to using my experience and seniority to protect benefits people have paid for, and prevent insurance companies and Wall Street from taking over Medicare and Social Security.”

Swalwell, 31, received the club’s primary-election endorsement, and in seeking it again today he played up his prosecution of hundreds of cases with the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.

Eric Swalwell“Congress is a mess. And, we have a Congressman representing us who does not live here – he lives in Maryland – and does not vote there, in Washington, DC – he has one of the worst career voting records of any Member of Congress. I think you deserve better. And, so do the voters,” Swalwell wrote. “In Congress, I promise to bring new energy to Congress and show up to work every day. I will fight for our Democratic principles and will never take my constituents for granted.”

UPDATE @ 12:10 P.M. SATURDAY: Though it had endorsed Swalwell before the June primary, the club chose Friday to endorse neither candidate now. Only Swalwell had attended the club’s endorsement meeting in May; both Stark and Swalwell attended Friday’s meeting.

Read the two letters in their entireties, after the jump…

Dear Democratic Lawyers Club Member:

I am honored to have the endorsement of President Barack Obama, and I hope to earn yours. When the Democratic Lawyers Club convenes at noon on Friday, September 7 at Everett & Jones, 126 Broadway, Oakland, I will respectfully request your support.

I have enjoyed a long and beneficial relationship with the legal community in Alameda County and worked with you to protect consumers, homeowners and tenants, patients, children with special educational needs, workers, women, and our environment.

Because of my support for Democratic causes, I am the only candidate in the 15th Congressional District endorsed by grassroots Democrats in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties as well as our California Democratic Party. In addition, I am honored to carry the endorsement of:

• Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer
• AFL-CIO, Alameda Labor Council and California Labor Federation, Teachers, Nurses and Firefighters
• Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County, Castro Valley Democratic Club
East Bay Young Democrats, GLOBE (Gays and Lesbians Organized for Betterment and Equality),
Hayward DEMOS, Tri-City Democratic Forum
• Livermore Independent
• Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, California League of Conservation Voters
• Planned Parenthood Action Fund
• Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett

I worked with the Obama Administration to craft the Affordable Care Act, and with prior Administrations to create COBRA and ensure care is not denied at emergency rooms. As we fight increasingly deceptive attacks against Medicare and Social Security, I am committed to using my experience and seniority to protect benefits people have paid for, and prevent insurance companies and Wall Street from taking over Medicare and Social Security.

Your endorsement is important to me, and I hope that my work in Congress has earned it. I look forward to seeing you on Sept. 7.

Be well,

Pete Stark

…and…

Dear Democratic Lawyers Club Member,

I am honored to have earned your endorsement in the primary election for Congress in the 15th District. I hope to earn it again for the general election at tomorrow’s endorsement meeting.

As you know, I am an Alameda County prosecutor. In that capacity I was assigned lead prosecutor on hate crimes, earned an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and I have successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases, protecting victims and the most vulnerable in our society. In 2001, I successfully prosecuted three first-degree murder trials. I am also a Dublin city councilmember where I have worked to balance our budget without cuts or layoffs.

I am a proud Democrat and was chairperson of the Tri-Valley United Democratic Campaign office in the 2008 election cycle.

Congress is a mess. And, we have a Congressman representing us who does not live here – he lives in Maryland – and does not vote there, in Washington, DC – he has one of the worst career voting records of any Member of Congress. I think you deserve better. And, so do the voters.

More than 80 local elected officials and community leaders have endorsed my campaign for Congress, including all of the Police Officers Associations in the District, the Deputy Sheriffs Associations, Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern, and Sheriff Emeritus Charlie Plummer. I was also endorsed by the Bay Area News Group and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Most importantly, we came within under 6 points of a 40-year incumbent during the Primary, the lowest percentage in his career, with a third-party candidate receiving 22%. Since our strong showing, we have knocked on 25,000 doors since the primary and more people have jumped on board our campaign including former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, former CA Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata, former CA Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, and CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Our momentum continues to grow. In Congress, I promise to bring new energy to Congress and show up to work every day. I will fight for our Democratic principles and will never take my constituents for granted. I respectfully ask that you stick with me and this campaign and endorse me for the November election.

Eric

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.