Berkley expresses support for judicial nominee
U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley on Wednesday expressed support for Elissa Cadish, whose nomination to the federal bench is being blocked by U.S. Sen. Dean Heller.
Berkley called Cadish a "close personal friend" and suggested the Clark County district judge should be given a shot at a promotion.
"She's well qualified for the position," Berkley said when asked by a reporter whether she backs Cadish.
Berkley refused, however, to insert herself in the stand off between Heller, R-Nev., and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D- Nev., who nominated Cadish for the federal bench.
"This will play out without my interference," she said.
Berkley's comments came after she addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Palms hotel casino off the Strip. She spoke to a sold-out crowd of 170 people.
Berkeley, D-Nev., is running for the Senate and is expected to face Heller in the November general election. The 2012 race is considered a toss-up and is one that could decide whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate.
Reid said this week that he will not withdraw Cadish's nomination.
Las Vegas Review-Journal