CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2012 |
After decades of cruising effortlessly to reelection, dignified, statesmanlike and unruffled, Rep. Howard Berman has come out swinging against fellow San Fernando Valley Democrat and congressional colleague Brad Sherman in the fight over which man gets to stay in Congress. First came a website knocking Sherman's record: Just three bills passed in 15 years, two of them to rename post offices, it declared. Then Berman rounded up a seasoned Washington hand to pile on, telling reporters last week that Sherman had indulged in "fantasies" about his role in reforming the nation's troubled financial institutions (nonsense, said Sherman's campaign; his role was well documented)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2012 |
Rep. Brad Sherman's reelection campaign is asking federal authorities to investigate what it says is improper coordination between his main rival, fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman, and a "super PAC" formed to support Berman in the nationally watched contest. In a complaint planned for delivery to the Federal Election Commission on Monday, Sherman campaign manager Scott Abrams alleges that a Berman operative did not wait the required 120 days between working for the Berman campaign and contracting with the super PAC. Such fundraising groups, which emerged as a controversial factor in the presidential primary contest, can collect unlimited amounts of money to use in support of, or opposition to, specific candidates.
March 31, 2006 |
Michael Berman is a Democratic loyalist and lawyer who has helped organize 10 presidential nominating conventions, worked on 11 presidential campaigns and served two presidents. He is also a man known to eat an entire salami, 2 pounds of chocolate or a 40-ounce steak in a single sitting. Once during a starvation diet in a hospital, he hallucinated cheeseburgers. He has weighed as much as 337 pounds. Berman came to Washington 40 years ago with two addictions: politics and food.
March 21, 2002 |
Michael Berman was driving through mid-Wilshire when he came across a 1960s French Provincial sofa abandoned in an alley. To most people, it would have been a castoff destined for the dump. But to Berman--a design alchemist who transmutes old classics into new ones--it was loaded with potential. So despite the big brass casters and mustard-yellow brocade that screamed utter cluelessness, Berman hauled the sofa back to his workroom.
August 14, 2000 |
Today, when Michael Berman takes his place on the center stage of Staples Center, parking himself for the duration of the convention in the second to last chair, stage right, a kind of final chapter will commence in the life of a longtime Democratic loyalist. Or so Berman is promising. The 61-year-old attorney, lobbyist and Democratic activist has no official title at this year's Democratic National Convention.
September 7, 1997
Neil Patrick Harris states that musicals of "mindless fluff [give] the theatrical medium a bad name" ("The Post-Whiz Kid Phase," by Jan Breslauer," Aug. 31). Silly me. I thought one goes to the theater to be entertained, but I guess I don't have the mature understanding he does of the "theatrical medium." I've seen "Rent." First and foremost, I was entertained. I apologize for taking the experience so lightly. MICHAEL BERMAN Hollywood