Rep. Sherman releases federal tax returns, challenges chief rival

Saying voters are entitled to know whether their elected officials are “paying our fair share,” Rep. Brad Sherman(D-Sherman Oaks) on Tuesday released copies of his 2011  federal income tax returns—and challenged his main rival to do the same.

“I believe it is extremely important to demonstrate my commitment to transparency during a time of rising cynicism about whether  our nation’s political leaders are paying their fair share in taxes,” Sherman said.

Sherman is engaged in a tough reelection battle with Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) for the same San Fernando Valley seat.   Both their homes were placed in the 30th Congressional District by an independent commission that redrew  state political maps last year, setting up a contentious, costly race between the two former allies.

The Berman campaign did not immediately respond to Sherman’s challenge.

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