Shelley Berkley rips her 2012 Senate campaign team

September 26, 2013

Former Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley of Nevada on Wednesday ripped her 2012 Senate campaign team, calling the effort "one of the worst" in which she has ever been involved.

"I'm not sure my last campaign for the Senate had a message. And if I had it to do over again, I would have thrown out all the consultants," Berkley told KSNV's "The Agenda."

Berkley lost a very close race to Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), falling short by only about one percentage point. The Democrat blamed herself for losing control of her campaign and taking bad advice.

"I think it's because I didn't trust my own instincts and I did listen to the so-called 'experts' that didn't know anything," she said, later adding, "If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't let these people run my bathwater."

Berkley says she didn't like her ad campaign strategy and argued she "absorbed too much negative." She recalled seeing an ad that attacked her for a trip to Italy and being flummoxed about her strategists wanting to focus on a commercial about Medicare.

"I listened to these people, and if I had it to do over again, it would be a whole different campaign," Berkley said.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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