RENO, Nev. (AP) - Republican congressman Dean Heller hasn't been
sworn in yet as Nevada's newest U.S. senator but it's not stopping his next likely Democratic challenger from ramping up a campaign to try to unseat him in 2012.
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley of Las Vegas traveled outside her
current district to hold a news conference in Reno on Friday painting Heller as an enemy of seniors who chooses tax breaks for oil companies over Medicare.
Berkley says Heller's support for a GOP budget bill that would replace Medicare with government vouchers to buy private insurance is a "slap in the face" to seniors throughout Nevada.
Heller spokesman Stewart Bybee countered that Berkley's answer to everything is to increase spending and increase taxes.