Democrats Fight for GOP Vote in California's 30th

Berman, Sherman battle it out for Republican support in tight congressional race.

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Calling all Republicans in California's 30th District: There are two Democrats pandering for your votes.

On first glance, the rhyming California Democrats Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman would be the kind of candidates Republicans in the district would vote against.

Their policy views run counter to Republican dogma.

Berman and Sherman both voted for President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation, voted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, are pro-choice, Israel-loving dudes. [Congressman Work to Stand Out in California.]

But due to California's revised primary structure, which stipulates the top two candidates move on to the general election regardless of party affiliation, both incumbents are shoring up as much GOP love as they can find on the outskirts of West Hollywood.

Monday, Berman earned ringing endorsements from Republican heavyweight Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. because they say Berman,  has worked across the aisle on foreign policy during his time on the House Foreign Relations Committee.

"Howard Berman is a man of determination and honor," McCain said in an official statement. "He works to keep America safe, and our country is stronger with him in Congress."

But Wednesday, Sherman rebuttled with his own treasure trove of local Republican support.

Sherman earned endorsements from state assemblyman Cameron Smyth and independent Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine.

Local Republicans might seem small potatoes compared to a McCain-Graham endorsement, but a July Feldman Group poll showed Sherman already ahead of Berman among Republicans by seven points in the district, and more than 20 points ahead overall.

"I know Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham applauded Howard Berman's early efforts to give George W. Bush the full authority to invade Iraq, to support the surge, and to stick with the Iraq War until the bitter end," Sherman said. "I'm proud to have the endorsement of every Republican elected official who lives in or near the San Fernando Valley."