Rep. Adam Schiff (D - Burbank) has endorsed Rep. Howard Berman (D - Van Nuys) for reelection in the 30th district.
Berman, who is locked in an all-out battle with fellow Democratic incumbent Congressman Brad Sherman (Sherman Oaks), had already received the support of most of California’s Democratic representatives when Schiff made his endorsement, which was announced by the Berman campaign on March 14.
Berman, Schiff said in a statement, “has been a mentor and a leader on some of the most challenging issues of our time. There are not many Representatives who can rightly be called ‘statesman,’ but Howard is one of them, and I am proud to support him.”
“After working closely with Congressman Berman for the past decade,” Schiff’s statement continued, “I know that his wisdom, experience and tireless advocacy must not be lost.”
With the addition of Schiff, the total number of Democratic incumbents in Congress backing Berman rises to 24, a number that includes Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D - Santa Ana), who has endorsed both Berman and Sherman. Sherman has also received endorsements from two other members of California’s Democratic delegation in Congress, Reps. Judy Chu (D - El Monte) and Grace Napolitano (D - Norwalk), neither of whom have endorsed Berman.
While the 23 other representatives backing Berman announced their support for the congressman back in November 2011, Schiff’s endorsement came only after the March 9 filing deadline for candidates wishing to be on California’s ballot had passed.