Nevada Senate candidate Shelley Berkley (D) is the center of an investigation by the House Committee on Ethics regarding her advocacy for a kidney transplant center in Las Vegas where her husband works.
Berkley, who has only come out publicly against the charges in past few weeks, appeared on Nevada political analyst Jon Ralson’s talk show on June 25 to respond to the controversy.
Originally reported on the front page of the New York Times, the controversy surrounding Berkley has provided ammunition for her opponent, Sen. Dean Heller (R) and groups like the National Republican Senatorial Committee (though Heller’s camp oddly refused comments on the new investigation today.)
For Senate Majority Leader and fellow Nevadan Harry Reid, who has thrown his support behind Berkley in his attempt to keep control of the Senate, the committee’s unanimous announcement of an investigative subcommittee is a blow for their efforts to overtake Heller at the polls.
Nevada media outlets and analysts, however, aren’t counting Berkley out. Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Steve Sebelius tweeted on Monday that things could have been much worse for Berkley.
Instant punditry on : Decision is second-best outcome. Final ruling won’t come until after Nov., when she’s out either way.
No matter how it plays out, the investigation should prove to be a cornerstone of one of the more contentious and competitive senate races in the country.
Check out a Storify of reactions from local and national media here.