Pete Stark: Raving, Mad, Unapologetic 

Fremont's congressman made news when he compared the Iraq war to "an act of extreme terrorism." But did he weaken himself politically?

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Stark doesn't see his emerging role as the East Bay's voice of antiwar dissent as a major impediment to reelection, nor as something likely to affect his abilities to pass legislation, given his membership in the current minority party. "That's what you do when you're the opposition -- you call attention to the foibles and weaknesses and bad policy the majority is making," he says. "I really see that as our duty. It would be less than patriotic to do anything else."

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