The bizarrely nasty congressional campaign that pits two San Fernando Valley Democrats against each other continues to devolve into mudslinging.
On Tuesday, longtime Congressman Howard Berman accused rival Brad Sherman of profiting from campaign donations by loaning himself money to run campaigns and then paying himself back with interest.
It’s just the latest in the back-and-forth between the two men, who were onetime allies. They were forced to run against each other in the state's 30th Congressional district by a combination of redistricting and a new law that allows two candidates of the same party to compete against each other if they are the top two winners in a primary election.
Berman’s accusation is not the only self-enrichment claim made during the campaign. Sherman actually started that one, accusing Berman over the summer of over-spending for campaign consulting services from a company run by his brother. Michael Berman is still working on Howard Berman’s campaign, but he is no longer the lead consultant.
Reacting, perhaps, to criticism that the campaign has grown too negative, Sherman, meanwhile, released three 30-second television spots promoting his candidacy.
The ads are running on cable television, Sherman spokesman John Schwada said in an email statement.
They are also posted on Youtube, and can be accessed through the following links: