The Democratic candidate for sheriff in Missoula County, Brad Giffin, has many "Likes and Interests" listed on his Facebook page, including the Zac Brown Band, Gold's Gym in Missoula, Tea Party Patriots and Sarah Palin.
Wait, what? What's up with those last two?
"Nothing," explained Giffin, who spoke to the Indy while working the Western Montana Fair. "They're on there because I like to follow them. I like to follow a lot of things."
Oh. Okay. But does Giffin consider himself a member of the Tea Party?
"No," he said. "Like I said, I follow many things."
Jason Wiener, chair of the Missoula County Democrats (and a Ward 1 councilman), isn't sure what to make of Giffin's interest in following the Tea Party and Palin.
"I am not a fan of Sarah Palin or the Tea Party," said Wiener. "I do not know any active member of the Missoula Democratic Party that is a fan of Sarah Palin or the Tea Party...I guess I don't know what he would like to follow about them."
Wiener added that if Giffin asks the county Dems for assistance with his campaign, it'd be an issue to discuss with the board.
The Tea Party Patriots — group motto: "ordinary citizens reclaiming America's founding principles" — is currently promoting its "Recycling Government" event, which features Glenn Beck. The Fox News commentator and Palin will be among those at the Lincoln Memorial Aug. 28 to honor "our heroes, our heritage and our future." The Tea Party Patriots list 22 affiliated groups in Montana, including Celebrating Conservatism, Sanders County Patriots for Limited Government and Montana Shrugged.
Giffin's opponents in the November general election are Republican Nick Lisi and Carl Ibsen, who's running as an independent. Lisi has a Facebook page, but he isn't a fan of the Tea Party. Ibsen also has a Facebook page; he's said he's staying away from any party affiliations. Neither Lisi nor Ibsen, by the way, appears to listen to the Zac Brown Band, either.
UPDATE: Sometime over the weekend, Giffin updated his Facebook page. He still likes the Zac Brown Band, but nobody else. Good for Zac Brown?