Millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s well-paid fixer Erik Iverson (Rehberg even
gave him a $31,000 dollar raise with our tax dollars as a 29-year-old staffer, making him the highest paid congressional staffer in D.C.) went on Aaron Flint’s radio show this week, giving Montanans a chance to hear how much tougher it has become to spin Rehberg’s do-nothing “career.”
Here’s what Iverson had to say about Congressman Rehberg’s pathetic record in 2008:
“Time and again,” Rehberg has backed legislation that matters to Montanans, Iverson says. He’s sponsored bills to recognize Billings’ 125th anniversary, push for a water project in Fort Peck, and congratulate Carroll College’s football team for its 2007 league win. Most importantly, supporters say, Rehberg co-sponsored the CLEANUP (Clean, Learn, Abolish, Neutralize, and Undermine Production of Methamphetamines) Act to focus federal authorities on the meth problem. The bill is still in committee.
“That’s a major policy accomplishment,” Iverson says.
It is? Congressman Rehberg got his own bill into committee. He probably even thought of the name (Clean, Learn, Abolish, Neutralize, and Undermine Production of Methamphetamines Act) all by himself. However, though Rehberg wasn’t able to actually pass this tortured acronym (what does it even mean to sponsor a bill to “Learn” the production of Meth?? to “Neutralize” the production of Meth?), anyway he still forced his staff to list it among his accomplishments.
But in 2011, spinning for Congressman Rehberg is less about trying to dredge up something from Rehberg’s pathetic record to list as an accomplishment – it’s more about what you don’t bring up:
Ending Medicare as we know it – Congressman Rehberg tried and failed to take Medicare away from Montana seniors by gutting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Iverson said on the Flint show this week that the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea because it brought health care to Indian Communities and asbestos victims in Libby.
Putting lead back in candy – Iverson should have mentioned that Congressman Rehberg came up with a plan to contaminate the blood supply, make it easier for kids to smoke, and put lead back in candy. When he started taking heat, Congressman Rehberg voted against his own amendment.
If this is Rehberg’s idea of accomplishing something, we suggest that for the rest of his last term he go back to doing nothing.