David Mowery is that rare breed of political consultant who works for the candidates that he believes are best fit to serve in office, regardless of party affiliation. What’s more, the founder and president of the Alabama-based Mowery Consulting Group has a solid track record of getting those candidates elected.
In 2008, Mowery managed the congressional campaign of then–Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright. At the time, the district had not had a Democratic representative since 1964 and had earned a lopsided Cook Partisan Voting Index rating of R 16. With Mowery’s guidance, Bright won by just over half a point, while 63 percent of the district’s voters supported John McCain.
Mowery followed that success by managing the nonpartisan Montgomery mayoral campaign of then–County Commission Chairman Todd Strange in the special election to fill the office vacated by Bright. Strange went on to win an outright majority in the first round of voting against five opponents, avoiding the need for a runoff.
Mowery is often the top draft pick for candidates left, right, and center in the Yellowhammer State. Among the Republicans he has worked for are state Sen. Dick Brewbaker and state Rep. Donnie Chesteen. And, when state Sen. Harri Anne Smith
was dropped from the Republican primary ballot, he helped her win reelection as an independent.
Despite his success on both sides of the aisle, Mowery senses little animosity from staunch partisans. “You can end up in a place where people are suspicious of your motives,” he says, “but you do end up with the grudging respect of everybody because you keep delivering.”