Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett’s decision a week ago to drop out of the race for an open congressional seat did more than disappoint those who liked his chances. His announcement at the California Democratic Party’s convention also revived speculation that Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) would step into the race and avoid a costly, contentious showdown with Rep. Howard Berman(D-Valley Village) for a San Fernando Valley seat.
A letter to convention delegates from state Board of Equalization member Betty Yee was circulating even before Bennett made his announcement. Yee worked successfully with other Berman backers to keep Sherman from getting the party’s endorsement.
“It would be insane, self-destructive and wrong -- horribly wrong” for the party to endorse Sherman, Yee began her letter. She suggested that Sherman switch to the neighboring 26th District.
-- Jean Merl