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“My opponent is not as well-known,” Corbett said. “His record is not as long and as strong as mine, and I do know that.”
Swalwell, on the other hand, raised $781,000 this year through Sept. 30. That’s just $40,000 less than he brought in for his entire 2012 campaign, when he defeated Stark by almost 5 points.
On Wednesday, Stark vowed to spend some of his vast personal wealth to boost Corbett’s campaign.
“I know that Eric used to say that I had $30 million. I wish he was correct,” Stark said. “But I have at least half that much at my disposal, and so I intend to broadcast far and wide his ethics problems and his inexperience and his failure to accomplish much in the Congress.”
Swalwell is also conjuring images of Stark in his bid.
Last month, Swalwell sent a fundraising email to supporters calling Corbett “Pete Stark’s hand-picked successor” and painting her candidacy as “a step backwards we can’t afford,” according to the local East Bay Citizen blog.
Swalwell said he is taking Corbett’s primary seriously. He said he’s already been knocking on doors in the district and is spending as much time with constituents as he can.
“I certainly still feel the pressure, and I’m not going to take anything for granted,” Swalwell said. “The second that you take your seat for granted is the moment I think that you’re truly vulnerable.”