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November 7, 2012

California: Brad Sherman Beats Howard Berman

California: Brad Sherman Beats Howard Berman

Rep. Howard Berman, left, lost to fellow Democrat Brad Sherman in California. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was ugly. It was expensive. It was physical. And now it’s over.

Rep. Brad Sherman defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman in California’s reconfigured 30th district.

Just before 5:00 a.m. ET, Berman released a statement conceding to Sherman.

“Brad Sherman will be the next Congressman from the 30th Congressional District,” Berman said. “I congratulate Brad and my friend Tony Cardenas who will have the honor and solemn responsibility of representing the San Fernando Valley in the 113th Congress. I wish both of them the best of luck and the wisdom and strength to confront and overcome the challenges that face our nation. I will do whatever I can to ensure a cooperative and orderly transition.”

With 28 percent of precincts reporting, Sherman had 60 percent to Berman’s 40 percent.

October 24, 2012

California: Steny Hoyer Backs Howard Berman Over Brad Sherman

California: Steny Hoyer Backs Howard Berman Over Brad Sherman

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer has endorsed Rep. Howard Berman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has endorsed California Rep. Howard Berman in his heated, redistricting-forced race with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman.

“Howard Berman is a highly-respected leader sought after by his colleagues from both parties for his expertise in both domestic and foreign policy, and world affairs,” Hoyer said in a statement posted to Berman’s campaign Facebook page. “Howard Berman is respected by both Republicans and Democrats because of his approach as a legislator and decency as an individual. It would be a great loss to the country if Howard Berman did not return to serve in the Congress of the United States.” Full story

October 18, 2012

Daily Ad Track

Here’s what cut through the ad clutter today:

California 30

The Berman-Sherman race has officially gone, like, mega-ballistic.

Two new ads from the costliest Member-vs.-Member race in the country were released on Wednesday, as Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman once again laid into each other. Berman’s campaign used clips from their debate last week, when Sherman wrapped his arm around Berman and the two had to be separated, as they were on the verge of engaging in a physical altercation.

Full story

October 16, 2012

California: Brad Sherman Up Big in Internal Poll

California: Brad Sherman Up Big in Internal Poll

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

California Rep. Brad Sherman led by 25 points in an internal poll released today and taken just after his infamous debate with fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman.

The poll illustrated that the heated event apparently has had little effect on this costly Member-vs.-Member race, at least in the immediate aftermath. The poll found Sherman ahead 51 percent to 26 percent, with 24 percent undecided. That’s not far from where the Sherman campaign’s internal polling had the race in July. Full story

Daily Ad Track

About a month ago, Roll Call published a story about how operatives adjusted their TV messaging in anticipation of ad inundation. This week, the New York Times and Ad Age have stellar pieces that dig deep into the economic implications of the nationwide ad blitz. Each article explains how it is getting harder and harder for ads to break through the clutter.

Here are the ones that are worth highlighting in that endeavor today:

Wisconsin Senate

This spot, courtesy of the Service Employees International Union, is one of the best ads of the cycle. Sure, it makes a point that surfaces in a lot of ads — a politician puts his personal gains over those of his home district or state. But what separates this ad from all of the others is how the images and depressing narration are set to an almost sarcastic sounding version of the University of Wisconsin fight song “On Wisconsin.” SEIU put $600,000 behind the ad.

Full story

October 11, 2012

California: Things Get Touchy at Berman-Sherman Debate

California: Things Get Touchy at Berman Sherman Debate

Rep. Howard Berman (left) speaks during a candidate forum with Rep. Brad Sherman on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Rarely is politics described as a contact sport in the literal sense, but the exception happened today toward the end of a feisty debate between Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman at a community college in the San Fernando Valley.

Things escalated toward the end of the debate, during an argument over Berman’s leadership on the DREAM Act. The debate was held in front of a largely Hispanic crowd of more than 200 enthusiastic Pierce College students and members of the community,  Full story

California: Howard Berman, Brad Sherman Joust on Valley Values

California: Howard Berman, Brad Sherman Joust on Valley Values

Rep. Brad Sherman (right) speaks during a candidate forum with Rep. Howard Berman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

RESEDA, Calif. — There was far more space between the green armchairs that Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman sat in during Wednesday’s debate than there was on the range of issues the two longtime Congressmen discussed.

But in a duel between two incumbents from the same party, it’s not so much the issues that voters will use to set them apart on Election Day but temperament and which Democrat will better represent their values in Washington, D.C. Full story

California: Howard Berman Endorsed by 10 GOP Members

California: Howard Berman Endorsed by 10 GOP Members

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ENCINO, Calif. — In yet another unprecedented moment in California House races this cycle, 10 Republican members of the state’s Congressional delegation have endorsed Democratic Rep. Howard Berman.

The Foreign Affairs ranking member is running in a highly competitive race against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman in a San Fernando Valley district that the two were merged into during redistricting. The endorsements are part of Berman’s outreach across the political spectrum in a district where Republicans could make up about a quarter of the vote in November.

According to a release the Berman campaign will roll out today, the Republicans endorsing him are: Reps. David Dreier, Wally Herger, Dan Lungren, Elton Gallegly, Buck McKeon, Ed Royce, Jerry Lewis, Ken Calvert, Mary Bono Mack and Darrell Issa. Full story

October 1, 2012

California: Howard Berman Targets Brad Sherman’s Finances

California: Howard Berman Targets Brad Sherman’s Finances

Rep. Howard Berman (above) is targeting fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman’s finances in a messaging and advertising blitz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Howard Berman is accusing his Democratic colleague and competitor Rep. Brad Sherman of using his political campaigns as a vehicle for personal profit.

The Berman campaign launched a website, Sherman-Scam.com, to highlight the legal practice of charging interest on personal loans to his campaign, which it says helped Sherman make a profit of $461,000. The campaign also plans to deliver this message to San Fernando Valley voters in the redrawn 30th district with television, radio, print and online advertisements.

The Sherman campaign called the attack “false at worst and highly misleading at best” and cited the hundreds of thousands of dollars Berman paid his brother, Democratic consultant Michael Berman, to run his campaign until this cycle.

Neither practice is illegal, but both campaigns want to help voters decide which candidate is the most ardent defender of the Valley’s interests.

September 10, 2012

California: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman Endorse Howard Berman

California: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman Endorse Howard Berman

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Howard Berman, running against a fellow Democrat in California’s redrawn 30th district, today announced endorsements from Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), plus Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Drawn together with Rep. Brad Sherman, Berman is hoping to pick up as many non-Democratic votes as possible in the heavily Democratic district in the San Fernando Valley. The endorsements from the three Senators focused on Berman’s foreign policy chops as ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and his ability to work across the aisle. Full story

August 7, 2012

California: Barney Frank Tees Off on Brad Sherman

California: Barney Frank Tees Off on Brad Sherman

Rep. Barney Frank (above) has endorsed Rep. Howard Berman over Rep. Brad Sherman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Financial Services ranking member Barney Frank (D-Mass.) today heavily criticized Rep. Brad Sherman for comments the California Democrat made about his role in the construction of two major pieces of legislation: the financial reform bill that Frank authored with then-Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

On a conference call with reporters set up by the campaign of Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), who is facing Sherman in a redistricting-forced matchup in November, Frank said Sherman has been inflating his role. The call was part of an effort by the Berman campaign to discredit Sherman’s legislative record.

He described Sherman’s claims as “appallingly off of the mark” and “fantasies.” Full story

July 16, 2012

California: Brad Sherman Loans Himself $450,000 After Primary

California: Brad Sherman Loans Himself $450,000 After Primary

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Brad Sherman loaned his campaign $450,000 on June 6, the day after finishing 10 points ahead of fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman in the top-two primary.

That helped Sherman bring in $764,000 total in the second quarter and boosted him back above $3 million in cash on hand as of June 30.

“We have more than six times as much money in the bank as Berman,” Sherman chief campaign strategist Parke Skelton said in a statement. “That presents the Berman campaign with a very daunting fund-raising challenge.” Full story

June 6, 2012

California: Year of Change Kicks Off in Jungle Primaries

The year of change in California’s Congressional delegation officially kicked off on Tuesday.

It was the Golden State’s first regularly scheduled “jungle” primaries in a federal election cycle, and there was no lack of interesting finishes. Along with redistricting and retirements, it led to some contested primaries in a state unaccustomed to competitive House races. Under the new format, each district held only one primary contest, with the top two vote-getters — regardless of party — set to advance to the general election.

In the biggest shock of the night, it appears that the Democrats will not have a candidate on the general election ballot in the 31st district, where the party was poised to score a pickup. While the race hasn’t officially been called, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D) finished behind Rep. Gary Miller (R) and state Sen. Bob Dutton (R) thanks to three other Democrats taking a combined 25 percent of the vote.

Many had thought Miller could become the first California Member to lose this cycle. But with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican was in first place with 27 percent of the vote, followed by Dutton with 25 percent and Aguilar with 23 percent. This one could hurt in the Democrats’ hopes of regaining control of the House, with the Republican dodging a major bullet.

Here are the other highlights, by district (candidates certain to advance are in bold): Full story

May 11, 2012

California: Howard Berman Greeted Obama in Brad Sherman’s District

Neither President Barack Obama nor former President Bill Clinton have officially picked sides in the clash of Democratic Congressmen from California’s San Fernando Valley. But Obama and Clinton have dropped strong hints regarding where they stand.

It was Rep. Howard Berman — not Rep. Brad Sherman — who greeted Obama on Thursday at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, which is in Sherman’s current district. Berman then rode with Obama in the motorcade to a campaign fundraiser at the Studio City home of actor George Clooney, which is in the Congressman’s district. Full story

May 7, 2012

California: Sherman Files FEC Complaint Against Berman

California: Sherman Files FEC Complaint Against Berman

Rep. Brad Sherman (above) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against his Democratic opponent, Rep. Howard Berman. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California Rep. Brad Sherman filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Rep. Howard Berman, the latest shot between the two Democratic colleagues and fierce opponents in the June 5 all-party primary.

The complaint, dated Thursday and released to the media today, alleges improper coordination between the Berman campaign and a pro-Berman super PAC, Committee to Elect an Effective Valley Congressman.

It specifically argues that consultant Jerry Seedborg was paid more than $130,000 in the first quarter by the Berman campaign while Seedborg’s firm Voter Guide Slate Cards is owed nearly $24,000 for work performed for the super PAC in the same three-month period. Full story

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