Take Two for November 16, 2012

LA Dems criticize Super PAC's mailer attacking elected officials

Brad Sherman - 3

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Democrat Brad Sherman has spent 15 years in congress, representing the San Fernando Valley.

A political mailer sent to voters in the San Fernando Valley in the final stretches of this year's election is raising eyebrows:

Californians for Integrity in Government, a Super PAC backing Representative Brad Sherman in his heated race against fellow Democrat Howard Berman, sent out a mailer to Republican voters urging them not to vote for Berman because he has the support of three liberal Democrats.

Above three headshots of Democrats Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Barney Frank, and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, the mailer reads: "If you love these politicians, then vote for Howard Berman."

Sherman won the election by more than 20 points, but now that mailer is taking some of the shine off his victory. He has openly renounced the mailer and has insisted he has no control over the actions of groups outside his campaign.

Politico's Kate Nocera explains more about the mailer and the controversy. 


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