GOP Candidate Emerges to Challenge California's Sherman

Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014 08:34 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Republican businessman and journalist Pablo Kleinman, 42, declared his intention to run against moderate incumbent Democrat Rep. Brad Sherman for Congress in California's 30th District,  The Los Angeles Times, reported.

Republican Mark Reed already announced he would make a second bid at defeating Sherman. In his last outing Reed garnered 13 percent of the primary vote in the heavily Democratic district, according to the Almanac of American Politics.

The Argentinean-born Kleinman— he came to the U.S. as a teenager—calls himself a "new generation Republican" and said his platform includes support for charter schools and education vouchers. He takes a libertarian approach to abortion and gay marriage.

"Government should stay out of our business," he said, according to the Times.

Kleinman, who owns an online travel guide and is an occasional radio host, hopes his credentials as a Spanish speaker will give his campaign added heft.

Sherman survived a tough battle with fellow Democrat Rep. Howard Berman in 2012 as a result of their districts being redrawn. Sherman won 60 percent of the vote, according to the Almanac of American Politics.

Democrats hold a 2-to-1 registration advantage over Republicans in the district which President Barack Obama carried in 2012, the Times reported.

Green Party candidate Michael Powelson is also in the race.

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