It seems Representative Rehberg only has the appearance of fiscal conservatism when it comes to giving tax breaks to the wealthiest of Americans and when threatening to cut Pell Grants for poor and middle class students.
When it comes to the people of his hometown, though, Mr. Rehberg is perfectly willing to waste money. It cost the City (and taxpayers) of Billings $21,000 to defend themselves against his frivolous lawsuit against firefighters:
Christie Roberts of Billings, research director for Montanans for Tester, filed a records request with the city of Billings on Monday. On Tuesday, Deputy City Attorney Craig Hensel responded by fax, saying the city spent $20,761.60 defending the case.
Hensel explained that the lawsuit was forwarded to the city’s insurance pool, the Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority, which hired Michele Braukmann, of the Moulton Bellingham law firm, to defend the city.
Hensel said the city was billed for 151.80 hours of Braukmann’s time, for a total of $20,638.50, plus $123.10 in costs.
The hypocrisy here is stunning on so many levels. A self-proclaimed champion of tort reform frivolously sues his local fire department for trying to save his property, and they’re left with the bill.
That’s your Dennis Rehberg.