FISH STARK WITTY, IRREVERENT PROSE REMINISCENT OF HIS DEMOCRATIC DADDYEvery so often there is a discussion of whom will replace Rep. Pete Stark, if, and when he ever retires from Congress. To be clear, the conversation usually occurs when you turn off the tape recorder and down a few beers, but it happens.
The list of usual suspects are always the same. Sen. Ellen Corbett, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, Stark's wife, Deborah, the perfunctory Republican Lou Filipovich along with various current and former political hanger-ons from the past 20 years. Some even playfully mention Stark's 14-year-old son, Fish. The chronological logistics of positing the young man to one day inherit his father's seat would be difficult, unless his mother were to become its caretaker.
In the meantime, Fish is proving to be the proverbially chip off the block. His local newspaper has this profile of the fledgling novelist's work. He's been working on a spy novel, which the article describes as witty and entertaining. Just like good ol' dad, some would say. That is presuming Stark the Younger does not having any predilections towards describing 30-year congressman telling their constituents their limbs are not worthy of urinating on.
I have heard many accounts of Fish's intellectual acuity from various local politicos over the past year, highlighted by one consultant who joyously described a scene a few years ago at a local school involving Fish and his dad. According to the account, Stark apparently misspoke on one his points and Fish interrupted his dad to correct him, eliciting a bevy of smirks among the onlookers. "The kid is really smart," the consultant added.
According to today's profile, Fish regular blogs on a local Annapolis, Maryland website and his prose is clearly lively, entertaining and delightfully conversational. Instead of being a threat one day to the political aspirations of those in the East Bay, Fish may actuallybe more dangerous to political bloggers on both coast, than anything else.
-STEVEN TAVARESJOIN THE REVOLUTION! www.eastbaycitizen.com