Republicans have not been shy in using the ethics charges against Berkley, and most polls have shown her lagging behind Heller, though within striking distance.
"It's unfortunate that Senator Heller and his allies are politicizing the committee through well-timed leaks in order to smear Congresswoman Berkley 10 days before an election," Xochitl Hinojosa told the paper in an email.
The ethics investigation against Berkley started after The New York Times reported that Berkley, over a five-year period, had pushed for numerous bills or regulations that aided Dr. Larry Lehrner, her husband and a well-known kidney specialist.
House Ethics announced in July that it had unanimously agreed to move forward with an inquiry. The panel had waited until after Nevada’s primaries, in which Berkley easily won her party’s nod for the Senate seat, to proceed.
Berkley has long dismissed the charges about her work to help a kidney transplant unit in Nevada, and has said that Republicans, including Heller, also aided in some efforts.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSanders tests Wasserman Schultz Nearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo Puerto Rico debt relief faces serious challenges in Senate MORE (D), Nevada’s other senator, has dismissed the House inquiry, and said he did not think Berkley would face an investigation if elected to the Senate.