CONGRESS, 13TH DISTRICT
Stark is the Sup. Chris Daly of Congress, a fearless progressive who's not afraid to ruffle feathers — or even insult the president — when he thinks it's necessary. At 78, he's an outspoken atheist (the only one in Congress), a staunch foe of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a progressive on all the major issues. He's not terribly popular among his colleagues, who allowed him to serve for only one day as chair of the Ways and Means Committee before dethroning him for his inflammatory statements. But on balance, we're glad he's around.