By Dustin Hurst ǀ Watchdog.org
HELENA — In his fourth television ad, GOP U.S. House Rep. Denny Rehberg touts his independent record during 12 years in Congress and promises more of the same if elected to the U.S. Senate.
But like most politicians, Rehberg favors his own party’s politics nearly 100 percent of the time.
The ad, released early Wednesday, features Rehberg’s votes against President George W. Bush‘s proposed cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program and against President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform law.
“I’m not driven by what’s best for Republicans or Democrats,” Rehberg says, leaning on a ranch fence. “I’m guided by what’s best for Montana.”
While Rehberg might occasionally buck his party, vote trackers show he’s generally in step with congressional Republicans.
According to the Washington Post’s votes database, Rehberg has voted with Republicans about 92 percent of the time in this Congress.
That puts him somewhere between Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., whose 69 percent with Republicans earns him the low party score, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, who notched a 100 percent ranking, the party gold standard.
Rehberg’s party-line number was higher with Republicans in control of the White House, the House and Senate. In the 109th Congress, before Democrats took the House and Senate in 2007, Rehberg voted with Republicans 96 percent of the time.
Rehberg’s November foe, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, votes with his party 91 percent of the time in this Congress.