Congressman Brad Sherman put his arm around rival Congressman Howard Berman and challenged him to a fight, saying “Do you want to get into this?”
A sheriff’s deputy had to separate the two.
Parke Skelton, Sherman’s campaign manager, has a different interpretation of events:
Sherman did not challenge Berman. Cong. Sherman was reacting to Berman leaving his table, coming over to where Sherman’s was seated and calling him a “liar” and “delusional.” The moderator challenged Berman’s name calling. Sherman asked Berman to “get away from me.” But Berman refused. At that point Sherman put his arm briefly around Berman and asked “Howard, you want to get into this? You want to put your face into my face…”