December 21, 2014
Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley says
she'd support a move by the state Legislature to get the late
Nevada Senator Pat McCarran's statue out of the U-S Capitol given
new disclosures of his racist, anti-Semitic views.
Berkley made the comment to reporters following a wide-ranging
speech to state lawmakers - a speech that ranged from Social
Security, Iraq and nuclear waste to the statue of 19th Century
Indian activist and teacher Sarah Winnemucca of Nevada that was
just placed in the Capitol.
Author Michael Ybarra's new biography of McCarran, a senator
from Nevada from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, describes him
as a vindictive, anti-immigrant supporter of security laws that ran
counter to American ideals of law and liberty.
Berkley said the state Legislature would have to take the first
step to get rid of McCarran's statue - and --quote-- "if the
Legislature decided to go in that direction, they would get no
argument from me."