Congressman Brad Sherman Wins by 21 Points

Sherman Oaks – Congressman Brad Sherman won the race to represent California’s new 30th Congressional District by a margin of 21%.

The final results are as follows: Sherman: 60.5%, Berman: 39.5%.

“Our internal polling was spot on, and showed why we won this race,” said Scott Abrams, Sherman’s campaign manager. “Valley voters started with a high opinion of both candidates and continued those strong favorabilities right through the end. At the beginning of the race the areas in Sherman’s old district, Berman’s old district, and the regions not represented by either one, had different views of the candidates. By the end of the race these regional differences were slight, and both candidates were regarded similarly in all the areas of the district. In the end, the voters didn’t care about style but sided with Sherman on the three public policy issues that most differentiated the candidates:

• Voters agreed with Sherman that we should have robust, expanding trade, but that it should be fair and balanced. They rejected the so-called free trade agreements that have marked American policy over the last two decades.

• They agreed with Sherman’s emphasis on fighting to preserve Valley home values, helping home buyers get financing, and helping Valley homeowners refinance at low interest rates.

• They agreed with Sherman’s leading role in opposing the $700 billion TARP bailout of Wall Street, and forcing changes in the TARP program.”

Congressman Sherman said, “Neither Howard Berman or I wanted this contest. The vast majority of voters would prefer to have both of us working for them in Washington. Howard Berman has done much to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains, improve Hansen Dam, and fight for our local entertainment industry. He wrote the bill that helps farm workers organize, and the False Claims Act Amendments which saved the federal government billions of dollars. For forty years he has served our state and country, and his long service on the Foreign Affairs Committee, particularly as its former Chairman, benefitted the entire world. Of particular note were his efforts to strengthen the US-Israel relationship, and his leadership in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.”

Congressman Sherman was first elected to Congress in 1996. In January, Sherman will be entering his 9th term in Congress and will hold more seniority on the House Foreign Affairs Committee than any other Democratic voting member of Congress.

Sherman Up by 17 at 8:30 pm– Expects Lead to Increase

Sherman Oaks – Brad Sherman is up by 17 points at 8:30 pm. These results reflect vote-by-mail ballots received by the registrar before today and are from all over the district.

“In the June primary, we did 8 points better in the Election Day votes than we did in the mail-in-ballots. Based on this experience, and on our internal polling, we expect our lead to increase as the night goes on,” said Scott Abrams, Sherman’s campaign manager.

To see results, visit California’s Secretary of State website at


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Latino Groups Unite Behind Brad Sherman

California League of Latin American Citizens, Salvadoran Independent Political Movement and Latino Leaders Express Support for Congressman Brad Sherman

Brad Sherman secured several key endorsements this week in his race to represent California’s 30th Congressional District. The California League of Latin American Citizens (CALLAC) and Salvadoran Independent Political Movement (MPI) issued endorsements in support of Congressman Brad Sherman. These groups join key endorsements from Los Angeles Supervisor Gloria Molina, Lieutenant Governor (ret.) Cruz Bustamante and the Latino Democrats of Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley in support of Brad Sherman.

The MPI, the largest organization representing Salvadorans, wrote “Congressman Sherman, there is no question that your agenda combines practical experience with bold new ideas to get our economy back on track, and move the nation forward.” They go on to say “we admire your strong family values, your leadership, wisdom and your friendship to the Salvadoran community and Latinos as a whole.”

In addition to the endorsing organizations, the Coalition announced that National League of Latin American Citizens President Jaime Martinez had personally endorsed Representative Brad Sherman. Martinez, is also the founder and President of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Fund.

Independent analysis shows that Sherman prevailed among Latino voters in the June election by a 4 to 1 margin, while winning among all voters by 10 percentage points.

Three new Sherman TV ads Focus on Sherman’s record of commitment to the Valley

Oct. 2, 2012 – Cong. Brad Sherman’s campaign released three new TV ads featuring Valley voters talking convincingly about Sherman’s record of protecting open-space in the Santa Monica Mountains, working to expand transportation opportunities for Valley residents, fighting Wall Street bail-out legislation and helping Valley homeowners, social security recipients and veterans get the services they deserve.

The three 30-second ads are now airing on cable TV.

Here’s a snapshot of a few of the testimonials for Sherman coming from Valley residents.

• Edward Goldstein – “I had lost faith in Washington and in most politicians but Brad Sherman is different.”
• Kye Lee and family – “He helped Valley homeowners save thousands of dollars by making it easier to refinance at lower rates.”
• Juan Carlos Casarrubias – “Anyone who fights to keep jobs here in the Valley has got our support.”
• Jerrold F. Guadagni – “My social security payments were held up for months until Cong. Brad Sherman cut the red-tape.”
• Joyce Sachartoff – “Sherman worked to add a lane to the 405 Freeway. I mean who wants to sit in traffic.”
• Mariah Sanchez – “And he worked to fund the Orange Line too.”

All three ads can be seen on YouTube. Here are the links:
Valley voices for Brad Sherman 1
Valley voices for Brad Sherman 2
Valley voices for Brad Sherman 3


A new independent poll shows Congressman Brad Sherman continues to hold a very large lead over his rival, Howard Berman, in their race. With only six weeks left before the election, Sherman has 45 percent, Berman 32 percent, according to a Survey USA poll released late Thursday.

The poll matches nicely with results from Sherman’s own internal polling. In mid-July, The Feldman Group polled voters in the 30th CD and came up with a 46 to 29 percent split, with Sherman on top. In the June primary, Sherman finished ten points ahead of Berman, 42 to 32 percent.

“These new results show that that our large lead has held steady even after we were hit with an intensified smear campaign by Berman,” said Parke Skelton, the Sherman for Congress chief campaign strategist. “The voters are not being fooled by Berman. They know Brad. They know he shares their Valley values and that he will make their voices heard on national issues.”

The new poll was taken on Sept. 18 and was first aired Thursday night by ABC7 news.

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Video: Brad Sherman Debated Paul Ryan Last November

Video: Brad Sherman Debated Paul Ryan Last November

With all of the attention surrounding the presidential race, we thought we’d share some footage from our campaign archives. Congressman Brad Sherman went toe-to-toe with Republican Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report.”

Congressman Brad Sherman debated Congressman Paul Ryan on economic and tax policies to curb the national debt on the Kudlow Report on November 16, 2011.

Click here to watch Congressman Brad Sherman debate Congressman Paul Ryan.

Congressman Brad Sherman and Congressman Paul Ryan also debated Wall Street regulation and economic policy on Kudlow’s show on July 14, 2010.

Watch Congressman Brad Sherman debate Paul Ryan by clicking here

Congressman Brad Sherman Releases Two New TV Ads

The Sherman for Congress campaign has begun airing two ads – its first since the June primary – on Los Angeles-area cable TV.

The two 30-second ads can be viewed by clicking Valley and Courage.

“Valley” talks about Cong. Brad Sherman’s record of helping his San Fernando Valley constituents by fighting waste in government, protecting homeownership, improving transportation opportunities and providing new parkland. It ends by reminding voters that this same record of achievement was recognized by voters in the June primary who gave Sherman an overwhelming victory over his opponents, including a fellow congressman.

“Courage” introduces William Isaac, a former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., who praises Sherman for his courageous leadership in fighting the TARP bank bailout plan. Isaac worked closely with Sherman in opposing the TARP bailout and is the author of Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Watch the playlist by clicking here

Brad Sherman secured federal funds for Backbone Trail improvements

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) has announced that California State Parks is restoring sections of the Backbone Trail in Topanga State Park using federal funds he secured for trail improvements along the 65-mile Backbone Trail. The Backbone Trail, portions of which are owned by the National Park Service (NPS) and California State Parks, traverses the Santa Monica Mountains from Pacific Palisades to Point Mugu.

“The Backbone Trail provides thousands of hikers, bicyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts with an unparalleled recreational experience through the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains,” said Rep. Sherman. “These improvements will enhance that experience and improve safety for everyone that uses this popular trail.”

“The Backbone Trail is the premier regional trail across the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA),” said Melanie Beck, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the NPS. “We are grateful for Congressman Sherman’s support of trail improvement projects, which so greatly enhance the visitor experience.”

“The funding provided by the National Park Service through federal funds secured by Congressman Sherman is making possible the much-needed repairs and maintenance of the Backbone Trail,” said Craig Sap, Angeles Superintendent for California State Parks. “The results of the work are already being recognized by the public as we have received many letters and e-mails thanking State Parks for improving the visitor experience.”

After concerns were raised about the condition of the Backbone Trail, Rep. Sherman worked with the NPS and California State Parks to use federal funds to improve safety and clear brush along the popular trail in one of the most visited parks in the Santa Monica Mountains.

California State Parks is restoring 10 miles of the Backbone Trail along Rogers Road, including 18 landslides and the “Chicken Ridge” bridge in Topanga State Park. Work is expected to be completed on all the improvements in 2013.

Congressman Sherman has led the effort to acquire the remaining parcels of land along the Backbone Trail right-of-way for the NPS. As a leading champion for conservation and recreation in the Santa Monica Mountains, Sherman has secured more than $20 million in federal funding to acquire and protect critical open space, including King Gillette Ranch and Zuma and Trancas Canyons, as well as complete the Backbone Trail.

Earlier this summer, he joined former Congressman Anthony C. Beilenson to celebrate the grand opening of a new interagency visitor center at King Gillette Ranch for the SMMNRA.

Read the full article here

Brad Sherman Leads Howard Berman by 17 Points — New Poll

Sherman Leads Berman by 17 Points

The Feldman Group Survey Calls Sherman “Heavy Favorite” in November

A recently completed survey (July 14 – July 19, 502 sample) by pollster The Feldman Group for the Brad Sherman campaign shows Sherman with a 17 point lead over his opponent Howard Berman.

The numbers are:

Brad Sherman 46%
Howard Berman 29%
Other, not voting 5%
Undecided 21%

A memo from Feldman (attached) concludes “Sherman remains the heavy favorite in this race.”

The poll shows Sherman leading among Democrats (56% to 21%), Republicans (41% to 34%) and Independents (37% to 21%). Sherman leads among Latinos (56% to 21%) and among Jewish voters (44% to 32%).

Sherman leads in the district he currently represents 51% to 25%, and in the parts of CD30 currently represented by Henry Waxman (47% to 25%). Berman leads in the roughly 1⁄5 of CD30 that he now serves by a narrow margin of only 40% to 35%.

Sherman led Berman by a large margin (10%) in the seven-candidate June primary. The Feldman poll shows June voters who voted for someone other than Sherman or Berman, split for Sherman by a 39% to 27% margin.

Additionally, the demographics of a much higher turnout election (more Democratic, more diverse, younger) tend to strongly favor Sherman over Berman.

Voters have become increasingly firm in their preferences in this race. After balanced positive and negative messages about both candidates, Sherman’s lead increased somewhat to 49% to 25%.

Meanwhile, the Berman camp has not released the results of a poll it did in late June. “This is a strong sign that the results of their poll confirm what our poll found – that the Berman campaign is in serious trouble,” said Parke Skelton, chief strategist for the Sherman campaign. The Berman poll was reported in the FEC filings of a Berman-affiliated super PAC. That poll was donated by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and was valued at $19,320.

Read the polling memo issued by The Feldman Group here