Just when you thought the fourteen-year Congresswoman’s desperate campaign couldn’t possibly get worse, it does.
(Las Vegas, NV) – Seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has released a new ad so absurd, it would be far-fetched even if her credibility wasn’t completely undermined by the fact that she is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee and has been named one of Washington’s most corrupt politicians two years in a row.
“Shelley Berkley has reached another level of desperation. Congresswoman Berkley has moved from an attack labeled ‘laughable,’ ‘lame,’ ‘ridiculous,’ and the sign of a ‘flailing’ campaign, to a new attack that is pathetic even for her. It’s interesting that she would choose to attack Dean Heller for his association with Eddie Floyd just two weeks after her picture appeared on Mr. Floyd’s business’s Facebook page.
“Once again, there is only one candidate in this race who has been investigated by a committee of her peers not once, but twice. This ad is just another obvious attempt from one of Washington’s ‘most corrupt’ politicians to muddy the water and drag Dean Heller into the ethical sludge with her,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
On September 10th, Eddie Floyd tweeted a link to a Facebook album featuring Shelley Berkley’s September 8th appearance on an affiliate program of his company, Nevada Matters Media:
The Nevada Matters Media Facebook page is now featuring pictures of Shelley Berkley and Eddie Floyd that were posted just two weeks ago. Does that mean Shelley Berkley promoted his business as well? (Mr. Floyd is pictured on the third row, last picture on the right).
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Shelley Berkley testified before the State Ethics Committee in January 1998. (Jon Ralston Column, “Comments raise ugly specters,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 4, 1998)
Five Democrats and five Republicans from the House Ethics Committee have unanimously decided to launch a congressional investigation into her misconduct. (Amanda Becker, “House Ethics Will Probe Shelley Berkley’s Role in Saving Transplant Program,” Roll Call, July 9, 2012)
And, speaking of Shelley Berkley’s ads attempting to connect Dean Heller to a diamonds scandal, here is what members of the media in Nevada have said about it:
The Las Vegas Sun labeled the ad, “laughable.” (David McGrath Schwartz, Line of Attack: Did Dean Heller let a diamond scam happen under his watch? Las Vegas Sun, August 12, 2012)
“This is a very lame attempt by the Shelley Berkley campaign to saddle Heller with essentially a non-existent ethical problem. (Elizabeth Crum, The Agenda, August 24, 2012)
“I think this is a desperate attempt by Berkley to change the subject from her ethics….Berkley’s campaign really now looks like it’s flailing.” (Jon Ralston, The Agenda, August 14, 2012)
“Love the chutzpah there. Newspapers say? No, they don’t. One columnist at a ‘newspaper’ says. No one else has. (Jon Ralston, Morning Flash – August 24, 2012, RalstonFlash, August 24, 2012)
Jon Ralston called the attempt to connect Dean Heller with scandal on this issue “ridiculous:”(Jon Ralston, “Morning Flash – August 14, 2012,” August 14, 2012)
Las-Vegas Review-Journal reports the ad is a “reach and a diversion” (Laura Myers, Berkley ad hits Heller on stock scandal, Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 10, 2012)
Channel 8 stated the ad ranges from “misleading to false” (Steve Kanigher, Fact Check: Berkley Ad Ties Heller to Alleged Scam, Channel 8 News Now, August 10, 2012)