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Sherman camp uses Zev's words to diss his buddy Berman

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Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s comments on his own retirement from politics are now being used in the campaign between Congressmen Howard Berman and Brad Sherman—thanks to a passive-aggressive statement from the Sherman camp

Yaroslavsky has backed Berman in the election to represent the west San Fernando Valley. Berman and Sherman are locked in a tight race thanks to redistricting, which pushed the two Democrats into the same district. In the June primary, Sherman finished with 42 percent of the vote, while Berman came in second with 32 percent.

Berman was elected to the state Assembly in 1972. He served there until 1983 when he joined the U.S. House of Representatives. That’s 40 years in public office.

Back to Yaroslavsky: he told reporters Thursday that he would not run for mayor of Los Angeles because, “I do believe that four decades is long enough for any citizen to hold elective office, especially in an executive capacity.”

In response, the Sherman campaign put out a statement Friday morning that said: “We agree.”

A senior advisor to the Berman for Congress campaign, Brandon Hall, responded: "Zev Yaroslavsky is a respected and admired public servant who has delivered tirelessly for his constituents, our city, and county. Communities here are stronger because of Zev's leadership and myriad accomplishments. Howard is honored to to have earned Zev's longtime friendship, support and endorsement in his campaign for Congress." 

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