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California lawmakers promote themselves on Halloween

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, shared a picture of his “Bob Bars” on Twitter.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, shared a picture of his “Bob Bars” on Twitter. Courtesy of Sen. Bob Hertzberg

An enterprising politician never rests, even on Halloween.

While everyone else was passing out M&M’s and lollipops, Sen. Bob Hertzberg greeted trick-or-treaters on Saturday with “Bob Bars,” featuring the Los Angeles Democrat’s photo and the slogan “Representing the Valley.”

Hertzberg shared on Twitter that he passed out thousands of the custom-wrapped candy bars to hundreds of kids. No word on whether parents tossed the unknown brand right into the trash.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s communications director, Eric Menjivar, took a safer tack, giving out pens bearing his boss’ name.

Though considerably less sweet and edible than most Halloween fare, Menjivar wrote on Twitter that “kids were psyched about the pens” and he did not suffer an egging as a result.

He also tagged the tweet #NameID. Gatto, a Los Angeles Democrat, is gearing up for a competitive state Senate race next year.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, who dressed up as a very convincing witch this year to distribute candy, received a treat of her own: a sculpture of a witch popping out of a jack-o-lantern, gifted to her by a neighbor. The San Diego Democrat posted a photo on Twitter, writing, “#ILoveHalloween.”

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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