Based on Herschensohn's financial disclosures filed with the U.S. Senate, it appears that his personal holdings are unlikely to become entangled with his public duties if he wins Nov. 3.
Although his annual pay exceeded $200,000 from his television and radio commentaries at KABC television and radio, he bought his first home in 1984--a one-bedroom condo in Hollywood valued at about $180,000. He said he had no previous interest in home ownership.
"The question should be: 'Why does someone have an interest?' " he asked.
Unlike Boxer, whose personal finances are intertwined with her husband's, Herschensohn appears to be financially independent of others. His only immediate family member is a sister. He and his sister jointly own the family home and a piece of property near Palm Springs, which they inherited when their mother died last year.
Herschensohn married once, in 1963, separated in 1971, and has no children. He did not file for divorce until 1989 and had no community property. He said he finally got the divorce because it "was getting complicated" to explain to friends that he was separated, not divorced.