2:55 p.m. update: Rehberg is, in fact, on the Romney campaign's Farmers and Ranchers Coalition, and was left off the email in error.
Mitt Romney announced his Farmers and Ranchers for Romney coalition on Wednesday. The list of coalition co-chairs included more than 25 current members of Congress, with one notable exception. Rep. Denny Rehberg, who describes himself as a "fifth generation Montana rancher" on his website, did not make the cut. Rehberg is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, and his campaign may have decided to keep its distance from the national ticket.
While Montana is a safe GOP seat in the presidential contest, the source of Rehberg's hesitancy could be Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Rehberg twice voted against the Ryan budget in a nod to Montana's senior-heavy population. The Montana GOP even released a television ad in June touting Rehberg's opposition to Ryan's proposals.
Rehberg's absence from the list stands in contrast to former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, who joined Romney's Jewish coalition despite having more reason than Rehberg to avoid associations with Romney, given her state's heavy Democratic tilt.
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