UPDATE: The National Journal posted a similar observation about Berkley this morning. I didn’t see it until now, but they’re right on the money.
Nevada senate candidate Shelley Berkley can’t be the biggest fan of the New York Times. They did, after all, publish the story about her support for kidney-related health bills that also benefited her husband, a kidney specialist, which led to a House special ethics committee investigating the Congresswoman.
So when the Times published a mildy critical article about Reno last weekend (along with the Los Angeles Times), Berkley’s camp quickly put out a statement decrying the articles and defending Reno.
“Recent articles on the demise of Reno from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times couldn’t be more wrong. Many in Nevada are struggling, and much work remains to be done in order to get the economy back on track. However, out-of-state organizations parachuting in and labeling Reno a dying city is offensive and inaccurate. Not only will Reno come back, it will come back stronger than ever if we start putting middle-class families first and prioritize job creation. Fighting for Nevada middle-class families must be our number one priority and we cannot rest until all families in Reno, and across Nevada, have access to good-paying jobs.”
Berkley isn’t that well known in Reno, so this is an easy topic for her to exploit and try to gain an advantage over opponent, Sen. Dean Heller (R).
Washoe County, which holds Reno, is essentially the toss-up county in a toss-up state; Democrats always win big in Las Vegas, but Republicans have rural support that essentially evens the two out. That leaves Reno right in the middle.
As Berkley’s campaigns continues, look for her to try and find any issue to placate voters in the wake of her ethics charge. Whether it takes the form of disparaging articles in national publications, or repeating the Democratic mantra of ‘Republican X voted to end Medicare as we know it,’ over and over, Berkley needs a way to make the ethics investigation a non-issue by November.