Rep. Brad Sherman was joking when he said that his campaign chose to photoshop his mother out of one campaign mailer but not the other, according a statement released by Sherman campaign spokesman John Schwada.
Here’s Schwada’s email—the subject was “Berman Campaign Can’t Take a Joke”—with links added:
Regarding the video of Congressman Sherman explaining the photo of his mother in his mailings, LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick got it right: “The Berman side seems to think that Sherman’s explanation to Dave Bryant of CBS/KCAL is a serious moment…I don’t agree. It actually reminds me of Sherman’s 2006 appearance on ‘The Colbert Report’ playing along as Stephen Colbert spoofs the Valley’s reputation for porn. Maybe the guy [Sherman] just has a dry sense of humor.”
The only video of this exchange was shot by the Berman campaign and by two TV stations. The TV stations have chosen not to air it - because they got Sherman’s joke. But the Berman people refused to see the humor and did everything possible to hide the fact that the reporters were laughing. The Berman campaign may have clever editors but they have no sense of humor.
Say what you will about Sherman’s joke to the TV cameras, but Roderick is exactly right about the Colbert clip being wonderful. I wonder if the fake TV newsman would describe Sherman’s sense of humor as being bone dry.