IN THE ROLE OF PETE STARK IS HAROLD RAMISThey say television makes you look ten pounds heavier, but does YouTube add an extra 75? Rep. Pete Stark addressed Congress this week to honor the 75th anniversay of the East Bay Parks District looking puffy and sounding tired. You can hear a slightly audible wheezing in his voice with a periodic gasp of breath. The person in the clip looks more like actor and director Harold Ramis than the irascible East Bay lawmaker.
The video of Stark is the latest in a series of clues regarding the long-time congressman's declining health since last year. Stark has not held a town hall meeting in the East Bay for months and told fellow members of Congress not to be alarmed because he was using an oxygen tube to help his breathing since a long bout with pneumonia. Sources around the East Bay political scene believe Stark condition does not allow him to fly from the nation's capitol to his home district.
-STEVEN TAVARESVOTE JUNE 8! www.eastbaycitizen.com