One of the more infamous moments in Denny Rehberg’s entirely undistinguished career as Lt. Governor was his insensitive and incorrect observation that it was wasteful to spend money on AIDS/HIV, because “The problem with AIDS is you get it, you die, so why are we spending [money on] any people that get it?” It seems that Mr. Rehberg didn’t limit his offensive remarks to people with AIDS/HIV, as this letter, sent in by a reader, demonstrates. Published in 1994 in the Havre Bear Paw Bulletin, it shows Representative Rehberg in an incredibly troubling light, as he said that “Indians only work long enough hours to collect a check and then they’re gone,” among other remarks about American Indians.
Those attitudes are not only unbecoming of a U.S Senate hopeful; they’re unbecoming of a human being. Representative Rehberg’s inaccurate, disparaging remarks about Indian people in Montana are a sure indicator that he won’t work on their behalf in the U.S. Senate and that he doesn’t represent the values Montanans support.
Shame on you, Mr. Rehberg.