California Democrat confuses Solyndra with electric car company

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) confused failed solar energy firm Solyndra with the electric car company Tesla. 

"I wish I had enough expense allowance to get one of those new S's that Solyndra's going to make down there - the electric car," Stark said in a Saturday report by the San Francisco Chronicle, after being asked about the defunct solar energy company. "They run $60,000 to $90,000."

Solyndra fell under scrutiny after failing despite recieving a guaranteed $535 million low-interest loan from the Obama administration. House Republicans have been investigating for more than a year to prove the White House pushed the Department of Energy into quickly making the loan. 

The 80-year old Democrat's comments came as he seeks a 21st term in Congress. Stark's comments aren't the first that have raised eyebrows and caught attention lately. 

In April, during a debate for the Democratic nomination accused opponent Eric Swalwell of taking bribes in the "hundreds of thousands of dollars." Stark also accused a conservative Chronicle columnist of giving money to Swalwell's campaign. In both cases Stark has had to walk back the remarks.

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