Rehberg’s Back?

While working as a lobbyist was his first love and its allure kept Representative Rehberg from returning to subdivision ranching back in Billings, it appears that the challenges of the job are making him reconsider it as a career.

In fact, he’s considering running for the U.S. House again. This morning he told Aaron Flint he’s “seriously looking at” running for the office he mismanaged for a decade:


It’s easy to understand why Representative Rehberg would find such a challenge in lobbying—he’s become so accustomed to taking the money from big business interests that it’s probably pretty difficult to be the one handing it over.

The truth is, though, that Rehberg would mop the field with this crop of Republican candidates running for the House, whose campaigns consist of bragging about the number of Twitter followers they have and answering crackpot TEA Party questions on their Facebook pages.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • That certainly would put a wrinkle in the House race. While I completely agreed that he would “wipe the floor” with the current Republican Candidates, I also think it would be safe to say that he would wipe the floor with the current Democrat as well. This race could get interesting quickly…

      • That was a nicely written article, James and I have to hand it to you on your research. If Rehberg doesn’t enter the race, I think it possible that Lewis can win – in fact, what I have seen of him has me leaning toward voting for him.

        All that said, I do not like his chances against Richy Rehberg if Rehberg enters the race. Not only is Rehberg extremely well funded, his name recognition alone will be hard for Lewis to combat.

        Another factor to consider (and it simply amazes me that people on the left are so quick to dismiss it) is that Montana voters appear to be moving to the right. Rob has pointed this out on more than one occasion and other long time Montana politicos have also noticed this trend. I see no reason to think that it is slowing down or even reversing at this point, either. Rehberg is a name that everyone knows in Montana (even if it is a reviled name like it is in this household). This is a serious stepping stone Lewis will have overcome. I have to admit, I had no idea who Lewis was until fairly recently and I do pay attention to Montana politics.

        I hope you are right and Lewis is up to the task of taking on Rehberg. We will have to see how the landscape changes if Rehberg enters the race. He has a new look and (supposedly) a new platform that he hinted at on Aaron’s show. We will see how it resonates with the Montana voters.

        • If Rehberg runs, he’ll have name recognition from the gitgo. And he’ll probably have money, if funders forgive him for losing to Tester.

          But he’ll also be hauling a lot of baggage, much of it emitting odors that not all will find pleasing.

  • OH he had to work at being a lobbyist?? What a pity. He had to stay sober?

    Whereas he wasn’t doing a damn thing in congress except sitting back and collecting proposed Bills from corporations, donations of cash to his campaign, and flying on company junkets while in congress?

    Is there more work for him to be doing….Like Saving Jesus statues on ski hills?

    I really think he is gonna find, no one likes his brand of humor anymore myself, I think the Moderate republicans are past him…. and he in all actuality is more like Bolinger is to Dems ….. Nothing that Important.
    A RWer, and A tea partier. Not a republican.

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