Ooh, there’s nothing like seeing a Blue-on-Blue war in California:
To avenge his defeat, former Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., has promised to put his financial means and political mettle toward ousting his successor.
Last November, Rep. Eric Swalwell upset the 20-term Democrat by a slim margin. Their race proved to be one of the state’s most bitter battles between two Democrats, thanks in part to California’s new primary system.
Basically, Pete Stark is old, and crazy, and possibly violent; and you could conceivably argue that the entire point of California’s jungle primary system was that it was specifically intended to get Stark out of office. God knows he was Exhibit A. But… being crazy, old, and possibly violent, and yet possessed of the resources and influence that kept him in office for four decades, Stark has decided to pick a likely candidate (State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett) and use her to beat Swalwell. And by beat I may very well mean ‘use her as a physical club.’ (more…)