A majority of House Democrats from California back Berman over Sherman
A majority of Democrats in the House's California delegation have lined up behind Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) in his clash with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) for the same seat in Congress, the Berman campaign announced Friday.
Twenty-three of the 34 members of the delegation are backing Berman, who earlier marshaled other prominent Democratic elected officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and the state's senior senator, Dianne Feinstein.
"I'm proud to have so many of my California colleagues standing with me," Berman said. "Our colleagues work day in and day out with Brad and me" and their endorsements show that "I'm more than just another vote or just another voice -- I deliver."
The Sherman campaign, which earlier lined up former President Clinton's support and that of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, said it's not impressed.
Sherman has the support of "hundreds of community leaders who actually live, vote and influence elections in the San Fernando Valley," said Sherman consultant Parke Skelton. "I would not trade Brad Sherman's endorsement list for an entire Rotunda full of Congress people."
And speaking of endorsement lists, Sherman on Friday added the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 725, to his.
-- Jean Merl