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Posted at 7:23 p.m. on April 30, 2012
Betty White, the 90-year-old actress starring in the hit TV show “Hot in Cleveland,” just waded into the hottest Congressional race in the San Fernando Valley.
White’s endorsement is featured prominently in an ad for Rep. Howard Berman, who is facing off against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman after redistricting. The spot stars White and her “Hot in Cleveland” co-star Wendie Malick, both of whom attest to Berman’s effectiveness in Congress — specifically citing his support for the humane treatment of animals and community safety.
“Thanks to Howard we have hundreds more police officers patrolling Valley streets,” Malick says. “And he has very nice blue eyes,” White adds.
The ad is part of the barrage of cable TV spots that Berman is spending $1 million to air ahead of the June 5 all-party primary. This latest 30-second spot comes as a super PAC reportedly supporting his candidacy is spending $500,000 on TV ads in the race.
“I’m not much of an actor, but it was fun working with Betty and Wendie. They’re both incredibly talented,” Berman said in a statement from his campaign. “This ad will catch voters’ attention and highlight my record of delivering for the Valley.”