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Dem. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley under fire for ethics violation

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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U.S. Rep., and candidate for the U.S. Senate, Shelley Berkley (D-NV) visits with constituents during a "Congress on the Corner" event at Berkley's district office January 14, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The fight for control of the U.S. Senate may have gotten a little easier for Republicans. The Nevada seat was considered a toss-up in the November election. Or was considered a toss-up, until yesterday, when the House Ethics Committee announced an investigative panel to determine if Democratic candidate Shelley Berkley had used her political influence to help her family's business.

The Nevada Republican Party lodged a complaint last year saying that Democratic Representative Shelley Berkley unethically lobbied to keep a kidney transplant program running. The problem is her husband is a kidney doctor and a managing partner of a firm that contracted to the hospital that ran the kidney program. Joining us for the political fallout of this investigation is Jon Ralston, columnist for the Las Vegas Sun columnist.


Jon Ralston, columinst for the Las Vegas Sun

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