Dems Day 2: Congressional "Erminators"

February 11, 2012 · Filed Under Elections, Political Parties and Independents · Comments Off 

Berman v. Sherman (Photos: John Myers/KQED)

SAN DIEGO -- Think Hatfields and McCoys. Or Corleones and Tattaglias. Now, think worse... and you start to get a feel for the animosity on display Saturday night between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman.

The two veteran Democratic pols, locked in a knife fight after redistricting landed them both in California's new 30th congressional district, came out swinging at a party endorsement caucus during the California Democratic Convention.

Sherman accused Berman of being bought by big corporations. Berman called Sherman "slightly pathetic." And in the end, the caucus took a pass at an endorsement.
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Dems Day 2: Brown Passes on Tax Pitch

Brown skips any tax initiative pitch. (Photo: John Myers/KQED)

SAN DIEGO -- Well, so much for the notion that Governor Jerry Brown would use his big speech at the California Democratic Party convention to pitch his November tax increase initiative.

In a speech running a little more than 11 minutes, and after volunteers handed out glossy signs that proclaimed, "Stand With Jerry," the governor told the party faithful to stand down… for now… on the tax issue.

"You'll get your marching orders soon enough," said Brown in a muted comment about the proposal.
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