Berman, Sherman running new attack ads on TV
Is anybody surprised? The Howard Berman campaign has a new TV ad featuring last week's heated confrontation with rival Brad Sherman, capturing the moment at which Sherman pulled his smaller, older opponent close and shouted, "You want to get into this?"
The two Democratic congressmen, battling for a San Fernando Valley congressional district seat, had been arguing at a Pierce College candidates forum during an increasingly bitter campaign. The Berman ad, riffing on the campaign's previous allegations that Sherman is "ineffective, mean and too angry," shows the congressman's face convulsed with anger while a man's voice announces, "Brad Sherman is just not fit to represent us."
Sherman's campaign also has a new TV ad. It features a cardboard cutout of Aloha shirt-clad Berman photographed at some of the places he has visited around the world and talks about the congressman's trips paid for by taxpayers or special interests and his attendance record. "Forty years in Congress," it says, "176 junkets, 1,434 missed votes."
Less than three weeks to go until voters send one of these longtime officeholders back to Washington and the other to the ranks of the unemployed.
Photo: Reps. Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman at a candidates forum early this year. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times