Montana Politics

VoteVets spot hits Rehberg

Today, VoteVets launched a hard-hitting ad going after Rehberg’s lack of willingness to fund essential services for of veterans.

VoteVets was “Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 100,000 supporters, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans’ interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world – with force when necessary – to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.”

Millionaire Rep. Denny Rehberg voted himself a pay raise five times, but against additional funding for prosthetics research that would help wounded vets. Now he wants us to call him Senator? No Way.

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  • I think Tester is pumping a dry well trying to use Veterans as an issue – it sure shows his lack of real accomplishments, doesn’t it?

    I think he’d do better with his base if he campaigned ON his support for Obama, instead of now distancing himself.

    The Dems are wrong about a lot of issues, but some of them still respect sincerity.

      • Agreed. Tester has an incredibly strong record of helping veterans. Rehberg? The complete opposite. He votes for major, unfunded wars and then cuts vets’ benefits. Despicable.

    • Of course you would say that, Erik. You don’t want Tester to win… Remind me again how many years you served in the Military? As a vet, it makes a HUGE difference to me.

  • A couple of thoughts. First, Craig, VoteVets may be a pro-Democrat organization but those are facts in that TV spot. There’s no disputing that. And VoteVets isn’t any less legitimate than the Republican supported “Swiftboaters Against Kerry.” Remember them?

    I think it’s a strong spot. Definitely higher caliber than the chicken spot shown in the previous post. That one’s pretty sophomoric (although I do like Chris Matthews pronunciation of “Rayberg”).

    But it’s all just the tip of the iceburg. What with Citizens United, and SCOTUS ruling against Montana’s campaign finance laws, it’s going to be nonstop negative political commercials until Nov. 6.

  • Who cares what their bias is? At least they are using their names…and as Pete says, their facts are correct. Rehberg has been terrible on veterans issues.

  • I completely agree with Pete. Craig and Eric, I know it can be difficult to read past the first sentence of a paragraph sometimes, but VoteVets describes THEMSELVES as “the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.” Done. Their progressives – so what?
    Is anything they’re saying in the ad false? No. Rehberg has consistently voted against Veterans, while Tester has made helping Veterans a central focus of his since he was elected. Has Rehberg consistently voted to give himself pay raises (even though he promised not to) while voting to cut Veterans’ benefits? YES.

  • Bush’s stop-loss policy of mandatory tour extensions turned quite a few people around in the military, that plus the fact they realize that Exxon/Mobil and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were the major beneficiaries of the Iraq invasion.
    The GOP has always kept the military contractors happy; the soldiers, not so much.
    Here’s some of Rehberg’s voting record on military issues:

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