By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY – A congressional investigative subcommittee will review ethics questions raised about U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and whether she inappropriately furthered the business interests of her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner.
The U.S. House Ethics Committee voted unanimously on June 29 to establish the subcommittee.
“Pursuant to the committee’s action, the investigative subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Shelley Berkley violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of her duties or the discharge of her responsibilities, with respect to alleged communications and activities with or on behalf of entities in which Representative Berkley’s husband had a financial interest,” committee Chairman Jo Bonner, R-Ala., and Ranking Member Linda Sánchez, D-Calif., said in a statement.
“The committee notes that the mere fact of establishing an investigative subcommittee does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred,” the statement said.
The decision means the ethics questions surrounding Berkley will continue to ferment as her bid for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., heats up ahead of the November general election.
The race is considered to be critical for both Republicans and Democrats seeking control of the Senate in the 2012 election.