Veteran LA Journo Goes to Work for a Democrat

Under the unflattering and arguably inaccurate rollcall.com headline “From Hack to Flack” comes the news that long-time LA Times and KTTV Channel 11 reporter John Schwada is shifting career gears.

He has joined the staff of one SoCal’s most successful politicans, Congressman Brad Sherman (pictured), who has been in office since 1997 and is currently serving an eighth term in the House of Representatives. Schwada will act as spokesperson during this incumbent’s upcoming re-election campaign, which will hopefully lead to a replenishment of the former reporter’s Sherman-related houseware:

“I remember interviewing Brad in his Congressional office during a five-week period when I was in D.C. covering the Clinton impeachment. A long time ago,” Schwada wrote in an email. “I still have one of Brad’s tchotchke campaign-combs; the Brad Sherman pot-holder went up in smoke during a campfire mishap in the Sequoias.”

In the redrawn 30th district, Sherman is expected to be involved in a close race with fellow Jewish Democratic incumbent Howard Berman. Remarkably, the latter has been in office 14 years longer than Sherman.