Berman, Sherman battle to the end [Google+ hangout]
Times reporter Jean Merl will join city editor Shelby Grad in a Google+ hangout at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the two Democratic House veterans battling for the San Fernando Valley's 30th District.
Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman are locked what has become one of the costliest and most contentious congressional races in the state. The two continued to pound each other as their campaigns entered the final weekend before the election.
Volunteers for Rep. Howard Berman planned to fan out throughout the San Fernando Valley's 30th District to distribute a double-message door hanger. One side features a photo of an angry Sherman reaching for Berman when things got physical at a Pierce College debate earlier this month. The flip side takes an entirely different tack — it shows Berman when he was invited to join President Obama at a fundraiser earlier this year and lists some of Berman’s endorsers, including Gov. Jerry Brown, both of California’s U.S. senators, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Daily News. One of Berman’s final two mailers strikes similar themes, and the other provides a chart comparing the two congressmen’s records.
[Campaign spokesman John] Schwada said Sherman currently is airing two cable TV ads, one a positive piece about his family and accomplishments for constituents and another slamming Berman for travels abroad financed by taxpayers or special interests. The last piece of campaign mail will land in mailboxes over the weekend, but Schwada wouldn’t say what it contains.
Sherman has campaigned on his accessibility and visibility at community events and has tried to turn Berman’s long list of endorsements from national political figures on both sides of the aisle into a shortcoming.