State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who is vying for a high-profile congressional seat, picked up the endorsement Sunday of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club.
The endorsement came after a club-sponsored forum featuring four of the 10 Democrats on the June 3 primary ballot to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).
Those who met the club's criterion -- demonstrating that they had at least $200,000 in their campaign coffers by April 8 -- were Lieu, former Los Angeles city controller and councilwoman Wendy Greuel, journalist and radio talk show host Matt Miller and defense attorney David Kanuth.
Not surprisingly, the four candidates displayed similar views on most issues: Protect the environment, improve public education, boost the minimum wage and take other steps to ease the income diversity between the rich and the poor.
Kanuth, also a first-time candidate, said his law experience, including practice in negotiating on behalf of defendants, made him the best suited to help break the partisan gridlock in Congress.
But Lieu said his experience in getting climate change and other legislation through in a tough, partisan climate in the state Capitol would be invaluable in Congress.
The district is strongly Democratic in both registration and voting patterns.