by William Skink
I don’t usually endorse political candidates, but when I do it’s because the candidate is Greg Strandberg.
I first noticed Greg Strandberg in the comment threads of Missoulian articles. Like walter12, any article was game for commentary. Here is someone with access to a computer and the ability to write complete sentences, I thought. The sky is the limit.
When the Missoulian shut down comments, I knew that wouldn’t phase Greg Strandberg. The few places that hadn’t banned him would surely become the recipients of his insight and wisdom. Now, many Missoula Current and Last Best News posts have one or two comments, and you damn well know one of ’em is from Greg Strandberg.
Commenting on other people’s content is not the only thing Greg Strandberg does well. At Big Sky Words one can clearly see Greg Strandberg knows how to work with people he doesn’t agree with.
Just last month, for example, Greg Strandberg stood his ground when legislation threatened to make his tobacco and marijuana more expensive. In the brilliantly titled post Fuck You, Mary, Greg Strandberg puts it all on the line to keep his vices affordable:
Mary Caferro is of course the dumb broad that’s foisting this cigarette nonsense on us.
Starting April 30, I have to pay more for the exact same thing.
This is typical Democratic politics.
What is Greg Strandberg? I’ll tell you, Greg Strandberg is not typical Democrat politics. For a few weeks Greg Strandberg was even a Republican, but sadly they wouldn’t have him either.
Greg Strandberg is going to be Greg Strandberg. If elected, Greg Strandberg will fill the shoes left behind by Harlan Wells, whom Greg Strandberg admires for saying no a lot while barely showing up for work. I have no doubt Greg Strandberg will show up. And, he will say things. He is not afraid to say things.
Take his position on the Mayor, for example. A lesser candidate would refrain from saying anything overtly offensive about the Mayor, but not Greg Strandberg. In another brilliantly titled post, Greg Strandberg makes it known he considers the Mayor of Missoula to be Fat, Drunk and Stupid.
This is the kind of boldness Missoula needs from its elected officials.
So, Missoula, get ready for Greg Strandberg’s campaign. He’ll be pounding the pavement soon, with signs and cards and the steely resolve to win so he can finally get a steady paycheck and good benefits.
And you can be a part of the change Greg Strandberg wants for himself. Help him out, Missoula, he obviously needs it.