A press release from Rep. Brad Sherman popped into my inbox last week, touting several new endorsements. One popped out at me in particular:
But then I received an email from Berman's communications director, who pointed out the following endorsement on her boss's website:
Who did Loretta Sanchez endorse in CA-30?There are several things that may have happened here. One is that Sanchez switched sides and failed to inform the Berman folks. That strikes me as unlikely, though, because that would have been a small coup for Sherman—yet his press release didn't tout her endorsement as a shift from Berman, which is typically what you'd do in these circumstances. Another possibility is that Sanchez decided to endorse both men—something that's not unheard-of (unions sometimes do this), though typically you'd announce both endorsements at the same time. And finally, it may well be that the Sherman campaign somehow screwed this one up and that they didn't actually earn Sanchez's endorsement after all.
I'd love to know the answer, but the people who can confirm this one way or another just aren't saying.
9:38 AM PT: Just this instant, I received an email from Elrod: "The Congresswoman is friends with and is supportive of both Mr. Berman and Mr. Sherman, but in this race, she has endorsed Mr. Berman."
10:02 AM PT: But wait! I just received a PDF of this "endorsement card" from a Brad Sherman consultant, apparently signed by Loretta Sanchez: