In attendance were Mesa City Councilman Scott Summers, LD22 House Candidate Brett Petillo, Fulton Brock from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Horne, candidate for Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and representatives from the No on Prop. 406 campaign and Jeff Smith for Congress (CD-6).
Once the meeting was called to order, the LD22 leadership performed an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance before getting right down to business. First to speak was a man named Kevin Ross, one of the representatives regarding the No on Prop. 406 campaign and resident expert on the Gilbert "Ground Zero Anti-Tax Rally." The group, a TEA party movement (Taxed Enough Already):
After Horne, candidate for Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery spoke about himself, his beliefs, and his candidacy. And - you heard it here first - Montgomery broke the story that "there is a strong indication that Andrew Thomas will be running for Attorney General" this year. Thomas being the current Maricopa County Attorney, of course.
While Montgomery is only running an exploratory committee at the moment, if (see: when) Thomas moves on, Montgomery intends to seek first appointment to fill his vacant seat, and then election to that seat come November. Before I say much more, I first met Bill Montgomery in Flagstaff in 2006 when he was running for a different public office, and he certainly seemed like a really honest, good person. And despite his impressive credentials (only candidate in the running to have experience at every judicial level of the Arizona court system, graduate of West Point and ASU Law School, victims' rights advocate, Gilf War veteran, etc.), the best way to see this for yourself is to go to a meeting at which he'll be speaking. If you're not a fan after that, you're probably a Democrat! (Just kidding!)
Montgomery also took a few audience questions, and I scribbled down the ones I thought were most relevant to readers of this blog:
1. Who influenced you and your ideology most?
- His graduation from West Point and his oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, his cadet honor code that "a cadet shall not lie, cheat, steal, or support those who do," and the great men who had graduated there before him such as Eisenhower, Patton, Grant, and McArthur.
2. If Sheriff Arpaio were booted out of office, how would you handle illegal immigration with his successor?
- He would work with the new Sheriff to continue prosecuting illegal immigration cases within the guidelines of his office, and would point out to the new guy that because of Arpaio's policies illegal immigration is down 18% over four years, and at the same time, crime rates are down 18% over four years. Coincidence?
3. Regarding photo radar, what's your position?
- He prefers that officers conduct traffic enforcement, not cameras, though he would prosecute criminal speeding cases if they were properly served and came before his office.
Mr. Montgomery speaking:
And one for my scrapbook: