Pete Stark issues statement on loss to Swalwell

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, who lost his seat in this election to fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell, issued this statement by e-mail a few minutes ago:

Pete Stark (photo by Aric Crabb)“It has been my honor to serve the people of the East Bay for the last 40 years. I have worked hard to deliver results: accomplishments like writing the COBRA law to make health insurance portable between jobs, bringing the first computers to schools, and crafting President Obama’s groundbreaking health care law.

“I went to Washington by running against an unpopular war and for women’s rights, opportunity for children and dignity for seniors. I leave knowing that the landscape has changed, but the needs of my constituents remain.

“I congratulate Mr. Swalwell on his victory. I am happy to be of assistance in the future.

“I want to thank all the wonderful people I met along this fabulous journey and I will remember them fondly. Together, we have made a real difference.”

We’ll have a big story later today following up on Swalwell’s victory, and what comes next.

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.

  • John W

    I watched a video of Swalwell’s victory remarks to his supporters. I’ve been very anti-Swalwell but must now say that he is definitely more polished now than when I attended his first joint appearance with Stark and was totally unimpressed. I think he’ll be a good bipartisan and centrist player in the Ellen Tauscher tradition and wish him success.

  • Elwood

    Uh oh, John! You’re in for it now.

    You’ve said the trigger words that cause our favorite poster to foam at the mouth.

    Ellen Tauscher

  • GV Haste

    I remember when Stark brought in Cornu and everyone said “now you’ll see a real campaign crush Swalwell”..

    Well, there was no campaign. Only a bevy of meaningless flyers.
    The truth is, there was no candidate. Pete Stark has been gone for years, and adding to that reality, he wasn’t even physically in the district.

    Turned out to be a empty shell of a candidate, sitting on a shelf in Maryland. Say what you want about his career, this year he was gone in all respects.

    Thank God for this new “top two” system or he may have held the office for years more.