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Valley Republican club won't give nod to either Berman or Sherman

August 8, 2012 |  3:49 pm

GOP voters in a district featuring a fierce election battle between two Democratic congressmen this fall shouldn't count on guidance from the San Fernando Valley Republican Club.

The organization decided this week it won't endorse either Howard Berman of Valley Village or Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks as they compete in one of the most watched and costliest House races in the nation this year.

A combination of redrawn political maps and a new elections system that sends the top two primary finishers, regardless of party affiliation, to the fall runoff has left Republicans in the strongly Democratic 30th Congressional District without a candidate from their own party.

Sherman, who finished first among seven candidates in June, and Berman, who came in second, both have been courting Republicans and other non-Democratic voters.

In a written statement issued Wednesday, club President Gary Aminoff said the organization "commends both Cong. Berman and Cong. Sherman on their strong support for Israel."

But they're just too darn liberal:

"It would not be possible for Republicans who believe in conservative principles to be able to support either candidate in good conscience," Arminoff said.


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Photo: Reps. Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman at a candidates forum early this year. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times