This blog has certainly never been kind to Representative Rehberg, given our preference for competence and moral decency from our elected leaders, but I think on this special anniversary, I’d like to help Dennis Rehberg achieve one of his dreams: to become a lobbyist.
As the Huffington Post reports today, Rehberg told the Association of Lobbyists that if he had “been smart” he would have become a lobbyist:
"A lot of y’all’s type came to me and said, ‘What are you nuts? You know, if we had the choice of either run for Congress or be a lobbyist, wouldn’t you like to try the Congress first?’ And I fell for it," Rehberg said. "I ran for Congress. I probably, if I had been smart, I would’ve said nope, no, I think I’ll stay out of the political arena and go into lobbying.
Rehberg’s especially thankful for lobbyists because, in his own words, he doesn’t understand issues unless they explain it to him:
"Thank you for doing it because we can’t survive as congressmen or as state legislators or even as presidents without the information and knowledge that you have in the areas of your interest," Rehberg said. "I have to rely on you guys to tell me the information."
In the spirit of today’s anniversary, let’s all commit ourselves to helping Mr. Rehberg achieve his ambition to join the ranks of former Senator Conrad Burns and Rehberg’s own son. Let’s help him retire from the Congress and begin the work he always dreamed of doing.