Dem Senate candidate faces ethics probe

March 23, 2012

Nevada is Democrats’ second-best hope of picking up a Republican seat. But they may have trouble they didn’t bargain for:

Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., faces an ethics investigation in the midst of her bid for U.S. Senate this year, as she hopes to knock off incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

The existence of an investigation was first revealed on Friday by the House Ethics Committee, which announced that it had received the case on Feb. 9 from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent office that acts as a grand jury of sorts for the formal ethics panel.

The Old York Times (!!) exposed this scandal last year:

At the University Medical Center here, alarms were set off three years ago — kidney transplants were failing at unusually high rates, and some patients were even dying.

Federal regulators moved to shut down the kidney transplant program, but the proposed penalty brought a rebuke from Representative Shelley Berkley, Democrat of Nevada, who helped lead a successful effort to get the officials from Washington to back down.

In pleading for a reprieve, Ms. Berkley and other members of Nevada’s Congressional delegation said they were acting on behalf of the state’s families, citing dire health consequences if the program was halted. But the congresswoman’s efforts also benefited her husband, a physician whose nephrology practice directs medical services at the hospital’s kidney care department — an arrangement that expanded after her intervention and is now reflected in a $738,000-a-year contract with the hospital.

Ms. Berkley’s actions were among a series over the last five years in which she pushed legislation or twisted the arms of federal regulators to pursue an agenda that is aligned with the business interests of her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner.

5 Responses to Dem Senate candidate faces ethics probe

  1. anonymous un-RINO on March 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Well, speaking of Democrat ethics, it appears that scumbag Corzine should be going to jail for a looooooong time:

    Let’s see if Obambi and his soulmate Willard call for this guy’s immediate prosecution, or whether Goldman Sachs has spent their money wisely, and they both remain silent.

  2. Evan3457 on March 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Speaking of the ethics of Democrat Senators, I can’t help but be reminded of how one Tony Rezko has been disappeared down the memory hole by the Ministry of Truth.

  3. David Axelpud on March 24, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Tony Rezko, Shelley Berkley, Charlie Rangel, John Edwards…

    Just more Democrat trash that the left celebrates.

    At least the GOP makes an attempt to throw their trash in the dumpster.
    But the left loves and cherishes their lying corrupt scumbags as we’ve seen.

  4. David Axelpud on March 24, 2012 at 1:15 am

    BTW, how’s that Democrat Robert Byrd KKK memorial coming along?

  5. David Axelpud on March 25, 2012 at 8:51 am

    The lack of response from the leftist trolls is duly noted.

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