That title might sound harsh, but what we mean is that we have tons of respect for the way Missoula City Councilman Dave Strohmaier ran his unsuccessful primary campaign for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. Strohmaier, whom we’ve taken to task in the past for his nanny-statist proposals, deserves props. He could’ve adhered to a Montana Democrat’s tried-and-true political formula: loving guns, hating wolves, a down-home shtick. Instead, he released a campaign ad featuring him presiding over the staged wedding of two women at Caras Park. “How dare the government tell us who can and cannot marry?” Strohmaier asks. “In Congress ... I’ll support marriage equality.” He explained to us that his campaign was about “authenticity.” “I’m no Republican lite,” he said. Strohmaier showed Montana Democrats what it really means to stick to your guns. Best of luck next time, Dave.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)