Sherman and Berman go at it

sherman-berman-fox11-grab.jpgThe Valley's battling Jewish Democrats debated Wednesday night in a Catholic school cafeteria in Sherman Oaks — first time since the June primary — and if anything the race is getting nastier. Our columnist Bill Boyarsky was there at the Sherman Oaks Homeowner Association event: "amazingly — actually unbelievably — Sherman bragged about his cooperation with Rep. Paul Ryan."

Sherman was talking about his ability to get things done behind the scenes, even though he has authored few successful bills. He boasted how he had worked with Ryan—and with Democrat Nancy Pelosi—on legislation that would have given President Barack Obama the right to veto individual items in the budget, the so-called line-item veto. Then, in response to Berman’s criticism of his bill-passing skill, Sherman noted that Ryan had been criticized as a “back bencher” because only two of his bills became law. The implication was that Ryan and Sherman shared the same work ethic that Sherman described as “I’m a work horse, not a show horse.”

Berman sarcastically remarked that perhaps Sherman, in comparing himself to Ryan, was hoping President Obama would name him vice presidential nominee to replace Joe Biden.

The audience applauded that remark and there were few cheers when Sherman boasted of his work with Ryan.

Mostly, however, fans of both men, battling for a San Fernando Valley congressional seat, cheered their favorites in a spirited debate that featured the usually reserved Berman in a new combative mode.

Read more of Bill's take on the debate.

From the station websites, it appeared as if only Fox 11 covered the evening. Hal Eisner said they talked about Syria, home values and the 405 freeway, but mostly the veteran congressmen took shots at each other. The crowd didn't like the tone, Eisner reported.

More coverage:

Dakota Smith, Daily News: They "repeatedly attack[ed] one another's records."

Sherman Oaks Patch: "Sounds of displeasure rang out from the crowd."

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