While I’m inclined to agree with those who decry the media’s focus on fundraising instead of discussion of issues, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Representative Rehberg is making national news for his inept fundraising this cycle:
For whatever reason, Reps. Rick Berg (R-N.D.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) all had lackluster quarters for sitting incumbents, pulling in less than $660,000 each. Rehberg was badly outraised, while Flake and Berg narrowly outraised Democratic underdogs.
While it’s a step in the right direction that the Congressman isn’t making news for wanting contaminants in children’s toys or the nation’s blood supply, it’s certainly interesting that he can’t raise much money for this race.
Perhaps a decade of being small government pork king and libertarian supporter of the PATRIOT Act and REAL ID have confused potential donors who’ve decided to give to a more consistent candidate like Mitt Romney.