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Local News in Brief : Berman Opponent Drops Out of Race

Unable to raise much money and facing a strong incumbent, Republican congressional candidate G. C. (Brodie) Broderson on Thursday took the unusual step of publicly conceding--before the election--to Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City). “I am going to divest myself of all this political baloney,” Broderson said at a news conference, vowing instead to commit himself to opening a San Fernando Valley chapter of the Guardian Angels.

Moments after taking his hat out of the political ring, Broderson, 58, of Burbank placed a red Guardian Angels beret on his head and replaced his suit coat with the crime-fighting group’s sweat shirt.

Broderson made his announcement at an unconventional bipartisan event sponsored by a new group, Alliance for Better Incumbents. Pooling their limited media-drawing power, three other congressional nominees and a write-in candidate bemoaned the huge advantages--such as PAC money and franked mail--that make incumbents virtually unbeatable.

“I’ve conceded to the system, not to Berman,” said Broderson, a character actor who had raised only $2,000 and was given no chance of winning.

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