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Rep. Berkley “taking the pulse” in Reno as she weighs senate bid

By ThisIsReno

By Andrew Doughman, Nevada News Bureau: Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said she is “taking the pulse” of Reno this week as she considers a bid for Republican Sen. John Ensign’s seat in the 2012 election.

She told Sam Shad and Ray Hagar on Nevada NewsMakers today that she is raising campaign money, but she said the money is for her re-election bid in Congress. For now.

When asked when she plans to make her decision to run for Senate, she said “there’s no rush.”

“I’m taking my time, I’m meeting with people, I’m up here in Reno this week, just to touch bases with old friends, kind of taking the pulse of the people of Reno,” she said.

She had earlier said that she planned to announce a decision sometime during late spring or early summer of this year.

She had earlier told Jon Ralston on his Face to Face television program that she’d make a decision before Valentine’s Day.