Berman Rolls Out Big-Name Endorsements
Updated, 4:16 p.m.
The looming grudge match between California Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman heated up Wednesday, with Berman rolling out several big name endorsements in their seemingly unavoidable matchup next year. The two longtime Democrats have both indicated they'll run in the new 30th District as a result of redistricting.
Berman announced that Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, neighboring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, will serve as honorary co-chairs of his campaign.
"I am honored to have received the early support of the Democratic leaders of our state of California," Berman said in a statement. "They are familiar with my work and accomplishments, and understand that in Congress I am not just another voice or another vote, but that I have a unique leadership role that enables me to serve the interests of the United States, California, and the San Fernando Valley."
Sherman has been firing his own political shots as well in the developing race between the two, unveiling his own list of local elected officials and business leaders earlier this month who were supporting him.
"It is no surprise that Congressman Berman, who has been in elected office since 1972, has support from some other elected officials. I have a strong list of supporters too," Sherman said in a statement. "Most importantly, I have released over 120 endorsements and statements of support from local community leaders -- people from the district -- who are powerful testimony to my history of community service in this district. I will be releasing another 150 or so names in the next week."
And Sherman jabbed in the Ventura County Star that Berman has been pressuring him to run in another district. Just last week, he released his own internal poll showing him with a 27-point lead over Berman in a head-to-head matchup, but also showing Berman in third in an all-party primary with Republican candidate Mark Reed.
The newly-drawn district contains more territory from Sherman's current district than Berman's.