It’s just amazing the behavior these California and Congressional Democrats will tolerate.
In the latest episode raising questions about the erratic behavior of California’s longest standing Congressman, a former California State Assembly Majority leader said Tuesday that East Bay Democratic Rep. Pete Stark erupted in an angry tirade — questioning his sanity, threatening his livelihood and even vowing to call social workers to check on his kids — after he informed Stark he would endorse his opponent in the November general election.
Former California State Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico – a Democratic former Vice Mayor of Newark who currently serves on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board — told The Chronicle in an interview Tuesday that he decided to endorse Eric Swalwell, Stark’s Democratic challenger in the CD-15 East Bay Congressional race.
Torrico, who ran unsuccessfully for California Attorney General in 2010, said he called Stark, 80 — a 20-term Democratic Congressman and the dean of the California delegation — out of courtesy to inform him of the decision to back Swalwell, 31, an Alameda County deputy district attorney and Dublin city councilman.
But the conversation quickly got ugly, as the Congressman launched into a bitter and angry diatribe. “(Stark) called me a turncoat and said, “Are you sick?” Torrico recalled. “He was yelling and yelling….he kept going and going. He asked me if I was mentally well.”
The furious Congressman then added, “Maybe I should send a social worker to your house. Your kids need to be safe. You’re not well,” a horrified Torrico recalled.
Classy. It gets worse.
Torrico, a born-again Christian, said the seething Stark — for whom he has campaigned and volunteered in the past – then attacked his religous beliefs, saying “Someone should go to your house and teach your kids about the Christian faith.”
Stark vowed if he ever ran for office again, “I will squash you,” Torrico recalled.
Torrico reminded Stark he hasn’t been in elective office for two years.
Stark’s reply, according to Torrico, who is an attorney in private practice in the East Bay : “Then I’ll call the Trial Lawyers’ Association and make sure you don’t get any work.”
Sounds like a threat.