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February 1, 2015

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election 2012:

Heller: Berkley most corrupt person I’ve ever met

WASHINGTON — So far, Sen. Dean Heller has mostly left it up to his campaign to take shots at his Senate challenger, Rep. Shelley Berkley, over her pending ethics investigation.

But Berkley’s latest ad appears to have pushed him past the point of caring about such political niceties.

“The most unethical, corrupt person I’ve ever met in my life is Shelley Berkley,” Heller told reporters this afternoon in the Capitol.

Berkley’s campaign began airing an ad this week highlighting Heller’s past relationship with Eddie Floyd, a radio personality who was sentenced to four years behind bars for drug trafficking and laundering $175,000 through a front company.

“Meet Eddie Floyd, a crooked businessman who pled guilty to laundering drug money. A friend of Dean Heller’s,” the Berkley ad begins, after Berkley herself informs the viewers that she personally “approves this message.”

“Floyd bragged Heller was instrumental in speeding the process along to establish his business, and Heller promoted Floyd’s company, the company Floyd used to launder money,” the ad’s voiceover says. The ad also uses an old video clip of Heller introducing Floyd as “my good friend.”

Heller dismissed the ad as “just an old story” Wednesday and told reporters it was simply the Berkley Senate campaign’s “next tier of desperation.”

Making an ethics accusation is arguably dangerous territory for Berkley, who is currently being investigated by the House Ethics Committee. The probe is focused on whether her role in promoting policies on Medicare reimbursement rates for kidney care would have financially benefited her husband’s medical practice. She also joined with Heller and then-Rep. Jon Porter to urge the Bush administration not to shutter a kidney transplant program at Nevada’s University Medical Center, for which her husband’s medical firm has the sole contract.

Heller was quick to point out the irony.

“She’s saying that all these people that I know are corrupt and unethical? She’s the most corrupt and unethical person that I have met,” Heller said Wednesday, suggesting Berkley run an ad of him making that comparison.

It’s not the first time Democrats have tried to pin Heller to Floyd. Democrats brought up the claim in 2006, when Heller was running for Congress against Jill Derby. Heller denied close personal ties with Floyd then and now.

The closest Heller ever officially got to that case was when Drug Enforcement Administration officials seized a race car belonging to Floyd’s son that Heller had helped build. Authorities never tied him personally to the case.

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  1. I am disgusted at Heller's personal attack on Shelley Berkley. She has served our communities and stood up for those who need the support of an elected official in Washington. Shelley has saved lives in our community. What has appointed senator Heller done for Nevada? Nothing. Sitting on his hands voting NO to jobs - NO to healthcare - NO to Veterans - leaves Nevadans in to say Heller NO!

  2. Heller would have us believe that Berkley "twisted arms to get federal dollars to bolster just her husband's business." In fact, her husband was among MANY who benefited (including patients), and her efforts were supported by the entire Nevada congressional delegation -- INCLUDING unelected Sen. Heller. Yes -- even Heller supported NOT shuttering the only kidney transplant facility in Southern Nevada. So, what is it that he prefers, that people needing medical treatment would have to travel to Southern Utah or Southern California? That wouldn't surprise me given that he voted for Mr. Ryan's Path to Poverty budget not just once, but twice AND voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act as well. So, here's my question for you, Mr. Heller: Are you in the business of trying to make it exceptionally difficult for people in need of health care to be able to get effective and quality care? Clearly, Ms. Berkley does NOT have that as her main goal in life.

  3. I have lived in Nevada since 1973, and have witnessed the careers of both Dean Heller and Shelley Berkley.

    Dean Heller was a congressman for many years. He represented what I refer to as the "cow counties" in Nevada. He was appointed to the Senate by GOP Governor Brian Sandoval. He was not elected to the Senate. His prior constituency was GOP all the way, so his election, and reelection was guaranteed. Now, he must run against Ms Berkley STATEWIDE. There is a difference. The majority of the electorate is in Clark County, not the desolate region that supported Heller for Congress for many years.

    Heller does not represent the majority of voters in this State. He does not represent the middle class, the working poor, women's rights and so on.

    This has become the dirtiest campaign I have witnessed in many years. No talking on the issues, just sly and provocative "ads" slandering a REAL Congresswoman who has served Nevada admirably. I will vote wholeheartedly for Shelley Berkley, and with a clear mind. I know how she has worked tirelessly for Nevada, not just a knee jerk constituency in parts of Nevada that don't "get" the urban population that makes up the majority of voters in this state.

  4. If Shelley Berkley is the most corrupt person Dean Heller has ever met, I would suggest that he needs to get out more. That being said, I will vote for Heller.

  5. I am entirely uncomfortable in letting Shelly Berkley be the face of Nevada in Congress.

  6. Dean Heller deserves to be terminated. Look at his leader King Romney
    We will not be able to straighten out this mess in congress unless Heller and Heck get thrown out of office.
    signed one of the 47%

  7. Shelly Berkley is far and beyond qualified to be a US Senator. Heller is not qualified to be anything more than he is; a shill for the elitist 1%'ers, and another career government moocher. Let's vote this clown car passenger out of office, FOR GOOD.


  8. Shelly Berkley is a terrible candidate. She must not be elected!

  9. I've been "represented" by Berkley for more years than I can count and, as always, am disgusted by the fact. She has no morals, no ethics and no conscience. She does not and cannot dispute the fact that she suggested to her then boss, Sheldon Adelson, that he bribe Clark County commissioners with jobs for their relatives in order to "insure" his applications to build The Venetian would be approved. To his credit, Adelson told Berkley to not let the door hit her in her big fat rear end on the way out. Berkley is the poster girl of what is really wrong with Dumbocrats. They don't care about honesty, integrity, morals or ethics. As long as it fits their "entitlement" or their "execute the unborn" agenda, they are all for it and anyone who sides with them.

  10. So when Mr Heller signed that letter next to Mrs Berkley was he involved in this corruption . If she is guilty of corruption so is he his name is on the letter right next to Mrs Berkley .

  11. Dean Heller is an idiot.

    Sorry, but that's the 'unvarnished truth.'