During their conversation, Stark, who is the only openly atheist member of Congress, also questioned Torrico's Christian faith, Torrico said. "He took the opportunity to say he'd come to my house and teach my children about the Christian faith because I couldn't," he said.
"From an atheist, I found it interesting," Torrico added.
Torrico, who left office in 2010, said Stark went on to say "he would destroy me politically if I ever run for office again" and when he told him he had a private law practice, Stark replied that "he would contact the trial attorneys association and tell them not to give me any work."
There was more.
"Basically after all that, after questioning my faith, after threatening to have my children taken away by social workers, after threatening my livelihood and questioning whether I'm still a Democrat... after questioning all of those things and threatening me he asked me to reconsider," Torrico said.
No dice. In fact, Torrico now says Stark's reaction has only reinforced his support for Swalwell.
"I was going to be a passive supporter of the councilman," Torrico said. But now "I'm going to do everything I can to help the councilman get elected."
Stark's campaign strategist did not respond to an email request for comment.