Sunday, July 29, 2012

Shelly Berkley: Another Disgusting Nevadan Politician

 Shelley Berkley
In, Nevada, we have our share of dirty politicians in Nevada: Jim Gibbons, Harry Reid, John Ensign and all the local politicians who have ended up in jail (too numerous to mention).
Well, Add Shelly Berkley (NV-Dumbass) to the list.  She has served in in the House since 1999 and has been pretty much doing nothing except sitting on her butt collecting a paycheck.  She has not authored any major bills and is a pure 100% liberal.
Lately, she has been caught with her hand in the cookie jar when she lobbied and voted for additional funding for the kidney program that also directly benefited her husband and her pocketbook.  In an unanimous, bi-partisan vote, the House Ethics Committee voted to investigate her and the Ethics Committee rarely do this.  From Roll Call:  The House Ethics Committee said today it will investigate whether Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) broke any ethics rules or laws when she intervened to save a kidney transplant program at a hospital where her physician husband had a lucrative contract.
In a statement, Ethics Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and ranking member Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) said the committee voted unanimously on June 29 to establish an investigative subcommittee to determine whether Berkley violated “any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct ... with respect to alleged communications and activities with or on behalf of entities in which Representative Berkley’s husband had a financial interest.”...
 The committee noted in its announcement that it was already looking into allegations that Berkley’s effort to save the kidney transplant program at Las Vegas’ University Medical Center was a conflict of interest when it received a referral from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. In September, the Nevada Republican Party asked the nonpartisan fact-finding body to review the matter and refer its findings to the committee, which has the ability to determine whether a violation has occurred and to take disciplinary action.
The New York Times, just days before the request was made, had published a story about how Berkley, over the past five years, had promoted legislation and urged regulators to act in ways that benefited both the transplant program and dialysis centers in the state. Berkley’s husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, is a nephrologist who has a more than $700,000-a-year contract with University Medical Center and a medical practice that owns dialysis centers.
At the time, i wrote something to the effect that she was wrong to vote on the issues but it was ok lobby for the funding and help save the funding.
However, since the Ethics Committee spoke out, Berkley has now turned into one of those disgusting politicians like a John Ensign or Jim Gibbons.  Instead of saying something to the effect like, "I'm sorry" or "I take responsibility for my mistake", she has done the opposite.
In her campaign commercials, she now is taking full credit for saving the funding of the kidney programs.  Instead of giving credit to those who helped by saying like "With Shelly Berkley's help,. we are were able to save the kidney programs".  But nope, she gives herself full credit and disregards the others.  It should be noted that it was a bi-partisan effort to save the kidney funding, not just Berkley.
One thing I cannot stand is when people who steal credit for the work that others do.
And that is why Shelly Berkley is just another in a long line of disgusting Nevada politicians. 
And for this act of sheer

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