The bitter race for a San Fernando Valley congressional district took a bizarre turn Thursday when Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) got into a near-altercation during a forum at Pierce College.
Video of the event in Woodland Hills shows the candidates exchanging words and Sherman at one point putting his arm around Berman, saying: "Do you want to get into this?"
A uniformed officer then came onto the stage and appeared to ask that they move away from each other.
Both men are vying for a newly drawn congressional district in what is considered one of the nation's nastiest congressional races.
Things were decidedly calmer at a forum on Wednesday.
-- Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times