In Nevada, the NRSC unveiled a must watch video that reminds Nevadans that embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley just can’t tell the truth about her ongoing ethics investigation. The past few weeks, embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has had dueling stories about if she did or did not inform the House Ethics Committee regarding key conflicts of interest. Earlier this month, Berkley told Nevada political reporter Steve Sebelius that it was her understanding that her congressional office did contact the House Ethics Committee about advocating for legislation which affected her personal investments and business interests. Yet a week later, Berkley completely reversed herself and denied ever saying such a thing – apparently forgetting or ignoring that she said it on video.
- Meanwhile, the Huffington Post reports that the Washoe County Republican Party sent a letter asking the House Ethics Committee to look into her conflicting statements. The head of Nevada’s Washoe County Republican Party tried to keep attention on a congressional ethics probe of Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) Wednesday by asking the House Ethics Committee to look into conflicting statements Berkley has made about the probe. Berkley is challenging Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.). She is being investigated for allegedly trying to help her husband, a nephrologist, by making official appeals to keep open a Las Vegas kidney clinic where her husband had business. … In one interview, she said her office had checked with the ethics committee about potential conflicts of interest, and in another interview, she said she did not check.
- Finally, KRNV-TV in Reno reports that a liberal watchdog group rated Berkley as one of the most corrupt members of Congress. A watchdog group gives Nevada Senate candidate Shelley Berkley a “dishonorable mention” in its report on corrupt members of Congress. … The Nevada Republican Party filed a complaint last year saying Berkley’s efforts to keep a kidney transplant program open in Las Vegas constituted a conflict of interest. Her husband is a managing partner of a company that contracted with the hospital to provide kidney care.
- Finally, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that on Saturday a Filipino-American veterans group will endorse Dean Heller. Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller on Saturday will be endorsed by a Filipino-American veterans group that is working to influence Nevada’s growing Asian population in the Nov. 6 election, his campaign said Wednesday. The endorsement is a blow to U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., the seven-term congresswoman who is challenging Heller and who considers herself one of the strongest political advocates for veterans in the state.