Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 | 4:09 p.m.
Senate candidate Shelley Berkley released a new ad today in which she positions herself as a champion for jobless Nevadans and lobs a veiled accusation that Republicans think the unemployed are lazy.
“I will fight until every person in the state of Nevada gets their jobs back so they can support their families and take care of the people they love the most,” Berkley says in the ad, arguing the unemployed in Nevada are in danger of “falling through the cracks.”
Berkley doesn’t mention her opponent, Republican Dean Heller, by name, but opens the ad by saying “there are actually people in Washington that call the unemployed lazy.”
While Heller hasn’t referred to jobless Nevadans as lazy, he has questioned whether prolonged unemployment benefits were creating “hobos” who could never again find a job.
Despite those comments at a campaign event in Elko two years ago, Heller has voted to extend unemployment benefits for the jobless, even when most in his party did not.
Unemployment is a key issue in the Senate race. Nevada has consistently topped the unemployment charts with a jobless rate of 12 percent.