Rehberg weighing run for old House seat

Former congressman Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), who lost to Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in 2012, is weighing a run for the House seat he forfeited to challenge Tester.

The seat is open now that freshman Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), is running for the state's other Senate seat.

“People just started contacting me and asked, ‘Will you consider it?’” Rehberg told the Helena Independent Record. “I like what I’m doing, expanding a small business, but I haven’t ruled it out.”

Rehberg added that he's in no rush: "I have an opportunity to think about it. It’s not as critical for me to get started as early as they. I have my own due diligence. I’m getting around Montana a lot with my small business. I get the opportunity to talk to a lot of Montanans. I want to earn Montanans’ trust and respect and vote if I jump into this.”

Rehberg was largely viewed as a disappointing GOP Senate candidate -- particularly given he lost to Tester in a state that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney carried by 14 points the same day.

Democrats are aiming to make the House race competitive and have lined up behind John Lewis, a former top aide to outgoing Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who was recently nominated as the next ambassador to China. The GOP field features several current and former state lawmakers.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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