Here’s a clip of Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman — two Democrats waging among the nastiest races in the country, for a seat in the San Fernando Valley — at a debate today at Pierce College. The Berman campaign released the video, with the claim that Sherman attempted to start a fight with Berman. As you can see, the security that was there to keep the crowd under control instead steps in to keep the candidates in line.
Update: The Sherman campaign responded: “The event described below distracted from the issues at the candidate debate held at Pierce College on October 11.
The event began when Berman began yelling that Sherman was a liar and delusional. Berman then went over to Sherman’s table and confronted Sherman nose to nose. The event continued with Sherman briefly putting his arm around Berman’s shoulder. It then concluded. Finally, an officer asked both candidates to calm down. The debate then continued.
The Berman campaign then posted a video, carefully deleting the initiation of the event.
“The Berman campaign then issued a press release wildly exaggerating and mischaracterizing the event.
Congressman Sherman issued the following statement. ‘The Pierce College debate was not conducted at the highest level. I regret my part in allowing emotions distract from the exchange of views,’ said Congressman Sherman. ‘I agree with Howard Berman’s closing statement at the Thursday debate:
‘We are in a heated and expensive race. It’s become a very emotional race. We [each] think that when smears are made, and when untruths are said, a person has to defend himself and that raises the intensity of debate.’’
The Sherman video version of events is below:
The Berman campaign released additional footage.