Montana’s Millionaire Congressman Rehberg says he’s ‘cash poor’
Montana’s millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg is trying to convince Montanans that he’s “cash poor,” but his millions of dollars say otherwise.
Rehberg told a crowd in Missoula Thursday that he is “struggling like everyone else”. Here is a link to the video of Rehberg’s comments.
“Congressman Rehberg 's biggest struggle is understanding the reality that regular Montanans face every day,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “His belief that inheriting millions amounts to 'struggling' explains why he's so out of touch with Montana that he wants to cut access to cancer screenings, and why he thinks Pell Grants are welfare. Congressman Rehberg has obviously been rubbing elbows with DC lobbyists for far too long.”
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Rehberg is worth between $6.5 million and $56 million. That makes him the 14th richest member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rehberg's attempt to convince Montanans that he's "struggling like everyone else" follows remarks last year, when he told a crowd that the he owns the prominent sandstone rims that surround the city of Billings, Mont. "I actually own the rims all over the city," said Rehberg, who is also suing Billings firefighters.
The entire transcript of Congressman Rehberg’s comments Thursday is below:
Questioner: What I want to know is where exactly is your priority?
Congressman Rehberg: Well, I’m glad as a group you park your politics at the door.
Congressman Rehberg: Because gratuitous comments like, “the rich like myself” … I’m a small businessman. My wife is a small businessman. You know she hasn’t taken a salary in ten years. She has not because of a result of the business. We’re struggling like everyone else with the economy…
Questioner: What’s your net worth?
Congressman Rehberg: I am land rich and cash poor. Like ranchers and farmers and small businesses throughout Montana. I have the same struggle [audible laughter in crowd], I have no employees, and we have the same struggle because we have the ability to borrow the money, but the problem is, in our particular case, if you don’t have the ability to pay back the loan what’s the reason go to the bank and borrow the money.