ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15
June 8, 2012 | Here comes the right-wing nuts. With results nearly complete in the 15th Congressional District, a heavily-back conservative super PACs appears set to pour significant special interests dollars to defeat Rep. Pete. Stark in a fall campaign between two Democrats.
"Now that we've come through the first round of voting we're examining California, crunching the numbers, and certainly Pete Stark, like cream or something else, has risen to the top of our list," Curtis Ellis, a spokesman for the Campaign for Primary Accountability, told the The Hill newspaper.
Although the group has made independent expenditures against incumbents in both parties across the country, its main backers include four wealthy businessman who have contributed financial support for rolling back President Obama's health care reform act in the past, including the founder of Ameritrade, Joe Ricketts, now well-known among Democrats for vowing to defeat Obama with a plan to revisit, with racial tones, according to The New York Times, the president's ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Interest by the Campaign for Primary Accountability was reported a month ago and lead MSNBC's Chuck Todd to ask Swalwell whether he would accept the help of the conservative super PAC--albeit without coordination between the two campaigns. When Swalwell dodged the question, Todd pressed on. ""You didn't really answer the question, so I'm taking you welcome it."
"No, we're going to stick to our own message," said Swalwell. "As you know, we can't coordinate with them and we're confident that our message is going to be the one that is going to resonate with the voters and take us to victory in November."