Is on this guy.
Antiwar? Check. Pro-gun control? Check. Opposes bans on gay marriage and late-term abortions? Check, and check.
But there is no quibbling with his longevity, or denying the delight he takes in trashing Republicans — particularly the “witch-burners,” as he dubs the most zealous Christian conservatives.
“You’ll get the death penalty soon for not saying the Lord’s Prayer right,” he scoffs.
At 74, he is a bit stooped, with a slight hitch in his step. His steel-gray hair has gone white at the temples and his oval glasses and long, pleated face give him the look of an erudite bloodhound.
He once called the American Medical Assn. a bunch of “greedy troglodytes.” He skewered one well-respected Republican colleague as “a whore for the insurance industry,” another as a “fruitcake” and a third as a “fascist.” He referred to House leaders as President George W. Bush’s “Republican henchmen,” and nearly provoked a fistfight on the House floor by accusing a GOP leader of fathering several children outside of marriage.
But, he went on, “I can’t not, in extreme cases, personalize people who I think are harming other people.”
He also concocted a novel protest that helped launch his political career. He put peace symbols on the checks of his Security National Bank, and a giant peace sign on the roof of its Walnut Creek headquarters.
He admits a certain calculation. “It’s awfully hard to differentiate a bank,” he says, and “a pain in the butt” to switch checking accounts, which many people did as a result. But there is no mistaking his pleasure all these years later as he recalls evading local zoning laws — and the frowning city fathers of Walnut Creek — by declaring his peace sign an exempted “work of art.”
- American Civil Liberties Union-100% for 2003-2004.
- Americans for Democratic Action-90% for 2004 and 2005.
- AFL-CIO-93% in 2005.
- Drum Major Institute-100% for 2003-2005
- League of Conservation Voters-100% for 2005.
- NARAL Pro-Choice America-100% for 2003-2005.
- National Education Association-100% for 2005.
- National Journal-Composite liberal score of 98% for 2005 and 91% for 2003.
- National Organization for Women-100% for 2005.
- Population Connection-100% for 2000-2005.
- Republican Liberty Caucus-41% for 2005.
I think I want to have his babies.
Congressman Pete Stark – D Representing California’s Thirteenth District