Still No Answers from Berkley about Her Attempts to Mislead Nevadans on Ethics Issues
(Las Vegas, NV) – It’s been six days, and seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley still has not come clean about whether she is misleading Nevadans regarding her ethics charges. During an interview with Jon Ralston on June 25, 2012, Shelley Berkley said that any conflict of interest “did not occur” to her. But in an interview with Steve Sebelius on Saturday, September 1, 2012, Shelley Berkley claims her staff did contact the House Ethics Committee about a potential conflict of interest.
One statement is true, and one statement is not. So, which is it?
“Shelley Berkley has based her entire campaign on the ‘Lie of the Year,’ so now we can just add another one to the mix. Either Shelley Berkley’s office did contact the House Ethics Committee, or it didn’t. Did Shelley Berkley just not care enough to ask her staff how the House Ethics Committee responded? One way or the other, Shelley Berkley is misleading Nevadans, a pattern she has established since the beginning of this campaign,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
What Shelley Berkley said in June:
Jon Ralston: “You wrote two letters to regulators…you don’t think it could be seen by some people…that you were pursuing a narrow financial interest?”
Shelley Berkley: “NO. Number one there are millions of kidney patients throughout the United States…would I have really stood back and do nothing when I knew that there was a possibility that the only kidney transplant program in the entire state of Nevada was going to be closed?
Jon Ralston: “Have you thought about it enough…?”
Shelley Berkley: “I wasn’t thinking about the politics of it and I wasn’t worried about the politics.”
Jon Ralston: “This isn’t politics. This is the financial benefit side of it.”
Shelley Berkley: “IT DID NOT OCCUR TO ME. My only concern was to provide good health care in the state of Nevada for the people that live here. That’s it.”
Source: Jon Ralston, Face to Face, June 25, 2012. Guest: Shelley Berkley; http://www.lasvegassun.com/videos/face-face/
But according to Shelley Berkley’s interview on PoliticsNow with Steve Sebelius, apparently it did occur to Shelley Berkley, or at least someone in her office.
Steve Sebelius: “Before you advocated on that…did you contact the House Ethics office and ask them is it appropriate, is it ok if I do this…?”
Shelley Berkley: “Let me say this, it’s my understanding that my office did contact the Ethics Committee but I didn’t personally do that. And all of the other issues that are involved with the ethics complaint and the ethics investigation, we’ve been asked to keep them confidential…”
Steve Sebelius: “Did you hear back from them?”
Shelley Berkley: “I don’t know. I don’t know and I can’t give you an answer…”
Source: Steve Sebelius, PoliticsNow, September 1, 2012: