Reps. Brad Sherman, left, and Howard Berman at a candidates forum earlier this year.

Reps. Brad Sherman, left, and Howard Berman at a candidates forum earlier this year. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times / October 11, 2012)

In what has been dubbed by a journalism organization as one of the "10 nastiest House races" of the election season, rival Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Bermanfaced off at yet another candidates forum Wednesday.

While some of the more personal attacks they have lobbed at each other, regarding Berman's use of a government car and Sherman's earnings on loans he made to his campaign, were absent from Wednesday's 90-minute forum, the congressmen each managed to land some zingers.

Berman called his rival for a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district seat a "me too congressman," alleging he's known for jumping on popular bills as a co-sponsor but has passed only three he wrote -- two of them to rename post offices.

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-- Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times