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Shelley Berkley and the ‘under investigation’ label

The House ethics committee announced late Monday afternoon that it would launch a formal investigation into Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.). At issue is whether her legislative actions were meant to help her husband’s business.

And it comes at about the worst possible time for her — less than four months before she is on the ballot for an open Senate seat.

But while it’s clear that the news certainly is not good for Berkley, just how bad is it, really? And how much does it jeopardize her and Democrats’ chances of unseating appointed Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)?
Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) hosts a "Congress on Your Corner" event in January 2011. (Marlene Karas for The Washington Post)

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