La Prensa Latina Newpaper Endorses Shelley Berkley

Las Vegas – Today, U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley received the endorsement of La Prensa Latina, a Spanish-language newspaper in Las Vegas, that praised her long record of standing up for the Latino community in Nevada and said Senator Heller’s record on the issues important to Latino families in Nevada ismisguided and anti-middle class.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of La Prensa Latina newspaper,” said U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley.  “I’ll continue to prioritize Latino working families across Nevada by fighting to create good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced, giving Nevada small businesses the tools to hire again, making sure a quality and affordable education is within reach for all families, and continuing to press for passage of the DREAM Act.”

“Due to her long track record of fighting for Latino working families across Nevada, we’re pleased to endorse Shelley Berkley to be the next U.S. Senator from Nevada,” said La Prensa Latina owner Maggie Hosseini.  “Whether it is voting for the DREAM Act, her support for comprehensive immigration reform, protecting funding for Pell grants that help make college more affordable, and working day and night to support our small businesses and create good-paying jobs, Latino families throughout Nevada need Shelley Berkley to keep fighting for us in the years to come in the U.S. Senate.  Shelley’s Republican opponent, Senator Dean Heller, is siding with special interests rather than standing up for hardworking Latino families in Nevada. He voted to gut college student aid and voted against legislation to keep thousands of teachers on the job and against the Small Business Jobs Act, which was praised by Governor Sandoval for helping create jobs in Nevada. Heller also opposed the DREAM Act, to help young Latino students and military service members stay in this country and earn a path to legal status and he said he wants to bring the discriminatory Arizona law to Nevada.  Latino families simply can’t afford Senator Heller’s misguided, anti-middle class priorities.”

Help HRC Elect Pro-Equality Candidates in Nevada

— Human Rights Campaign

With Election Day just over 50 days away, the Human Rights Campaign would like to take the opportunity to announce the endorsements of Nevada candidates who have stood for equality. Now is your chance to stand with them. Sign up to help elect these pro-equality candidates.

HRC-Endorsed Candidates:

As Congresswoman, Shelley Berkley has consistently scored 100% on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard while her opponent has scored 0%. In the Senate, she will continue to stand with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, with her cosponsorship of the Respect for Marriage Act, repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

In 2008, HRC endorsed then State Senator Dina Titus and worked with her in Congress, as she sponsored the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In 2012, Nevadans have the chance to send a strong supporter back to Congress.

State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford and State Assembly Speaker John Oceguera were instrumental in passing the law to create Nevada’s domestic partner registry. In Congress, both Steven and John will continue to be a major force working towards full equality.

Thank you,
/s/ Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director

P.S. HRC volunteers and supporters will be out in full force this election season in Las Vegas and all across Nevada.

Berkley Campaign: Shame on Dean Heller

A Gleeful Heller Tries to Score Political Points As Hundreds
of Nevadans Lose Their Jobs at Amonix

 Las Vegas – The Shelley Berkley for Senate campaign released the following statement after Senator Dean Heller cheered the fact that hundreds of Nevadans lost their jobs when Amonix, a Nevada clean energy company, shut down.  Republican Governor Sandoval praised the company at its ribbon cutting.

The Heller campaign’s release did not once reference the unfortunate circumstances of those who lost their jobs.

“Shame on Senator Dean Heller,” said Xochitl Hinojosa, Berkley for Senate Communications Director.  “While Shelley Berkley and Republican Governor Brian Sandoval are working to make Nevada the clean energy jobs capital of America, Senator Heller is cheering the fact that hundreds of Nevadans have just lost their jobs because he thinks it will help his political campaign.  However, Heller’s rooting for failure should come as no surprise to Nevada’s middle-class given his track record protecting tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas and defending China’s unfair trade policies that are cheating Nevada workers out of thousands of good paying jobs.  It’s time for Heller to put Nevada first by joining Shelley Berkley and Republican Governor Sandoval to find solutions that put people back to work.  Those who are unemployed deserve more from their Senator.”

Released: July 18, 2012
By: Xochitl Hinojosa 702-675-6722 / 702-483-1826;  Colin Milligan 702-675-6711 / 702-582-9643

Growing Chorus Mock Dean Heller for (not) Approving Heller’s Own Campaign’s Message

Released: July 18, 2012 ……………………….. CONTACT: Matt Canter, (202) 485-3129

Jon Ralston: “Pathetic, Cowardly” VIDEO LINK

Dean Heller is trying to run from his campaign’s false attacks but he isn’t fooling anyone. Now, a growing chorus of Nevada’s political observers are mocking Heller for refusing to own up to his false attacks despite the fact that he already “approved” these messages.

“Dean Heller is spending thousands of dollars telling Nevadans he approves his campaign’s false attacks on Shelley Berkley, but when pressed he lies and says he’s got nothing to do with it,” said Matt Canter, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “The fact is Heller worked with Shelley Berkley to save Nevada’s only kidney transplant center and now he’s desperately trying to distance himself from his campaign’s false attacks.”’

Here is a sampling:

Talking Points Memo- GOP Sen. Heller: I’m Not Running Attack Ads — My Campaign Is- LINK

“Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) deflected questions Tuesday about his campaign’s ads against his Democratic challenger, Rep. Shelley Berkley — appearing to imply that he himself was not running the ads, only his campaign.”

The Hill- Heller refuses to echo his campaign’s criticism of Berkley- LINK

“Sen. Dean Heller’s (R-Nev.) campaign has been running hard-hitting ads against his opponent, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) — but he refused to echo their criticisms on Tuesday, instead referring all questions about the issue to his campaign.”

Political Wire- Heller Says Campaign is Running Negative Ads, Not Him- LINK

“Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) insisted to The Hill that he was not running negative ads about his challenger.”

Daily Beast- NV Sen. Blames Campaign for Attack Ads- LINK

“Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada claims no responsibility for the negative ads his campaign has been running against his Democratic opponent, Shelley Berkley.”

Maddow Blog:  Implausible deniability LINK

“The only thing sillier than a CEO denying responsibility for his own company’s actions is a U.S. senator denying responsibility for his own campaign messages… I see. So, Dean Heller isn’t attacking his opponent; Dean Heller’s aides are using his name to attack his opponent. It’s totally different — he’s just the innocent bystander, minding his own business while the folks wearing “Heller for Senate” shirts do their own thing.”

Jon Ralston: Still stunned by pathetic response of @SenDeanHeller to @cam_joseph. He approved the message, but won’t comment  ?#meow  LINK

Nevada News Bureau: Elizabeth Crum: I’ve heard of candidates distancing themselves from fellow politicians (see: Sharron Angle), but never from their own campaigns. #nvsen LINK