Montana Representative’s lawsuit against Billings FD stalled, for now

Rep Denny Rehberg
Rep. Denny Rehberg. Photo: Facebook

Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg’s lawsuit against the Billings Fire Department over the loss of trees and ground cover on his property during an 1,100-acre fire in 2008 is stalled, for now anyway. While Rehberg has filed the lawsuit, he has not yet taken the next step of serving it. Michele Braukmann, the attorney representing the city, said “I understand they don’t plan to actually serve the city (with the lawsuit) until after the election”.

So after next week’s election, we may hear more from U. S. Congressman Rehberg. Meanwhile, his spokesman refused to comment on the lawsuit when asked by the Billings Gazette. His attorney said the election has nothing to do with the inactivity of the case.

Is it possible that Congressman Rehberg thinks that publicity about his lawsuit against the Billings Fire Department over the loss of some vegetation would influence some voters? Might they think that he was just looking at the city as having deep pockets and is hoping to supplement his congressman’s salary of $174,000 a year?

Our previous articles on Congressman Denny Rehberg’s lawsuit:

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m., Oct. 28

Based on his personal financial disclosure statement for calendar year 2009 filed with the U.S. House in June, U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg has a net worth of between $12.2 million and $57.6 million.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Montana Representative’s lawsuit against Billings FD stalled, for now”

  1. For a Montanan, you’d think he’d be more informed about the ins and outs of wildfires and how they behave- hence, the name “WILDfire”-they tend to get out of control from time to time-
    gotta love that he’s waiting ’til after the election to actually serve the lawsuit (which is strange, really, considering that everyone knows about the lawsuit anyway)- oh well, just another example of another typical politician.

  2. this is a US Congressman!!! Please tell me this jacka** wont be re-elected— maybe the next time his property is on fire no one will respond!!! This guy needs his arse kicked! what an idiotic fool!!


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