MC Attorney Bill Montgomery yearns to wear black

Who knew of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s sartorial longings? Most thought he was happy in dark blue, but it’s actually basic black he hankers for. First elected in 2010, the top county prosecutor wants to step out in something less confined, a bit airier, but more commanding. A judicial black robe would be just the thing.  Superior Court is not where he’s set his sights, and the Court of Appeals holds no appeal. Montgomery is hoping to gain a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court, where a vacancy was recently announced as Justice John Pelander retires from the high court March 1. 

In the event Montgomery — being pushed by Justice Clint Bolick* — is selected, the five member Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will fill the county attorney’s vacancy until the next election cycle. Montgomery’s current term expires in 2020. This is the same route he took to lead the county attorney’s office after his predecessor Andrew Thomas left not long after being reelected — setting his sights on what turned out to be a failed bid for the governor’s office.  Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley temporarily replaced Thomas until the next election which Republican Montgomery handily won. 

In 2016 Gov. Doug Ducey expanded the AZ Supreme Court from five to seven justices — including Bolick — pulling off what Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt was unable to do in 1937, as he was accused ofcourt packing.” In 2018, Montgomery endorsed Bolick’s wife for the state legislature.

When asked in December if he would be vying for the U.S. Senate seat that was eventually filled by Martha McSally, Montgomery unequivocally stated that being county attorneyis where God wants me to be.” Either God had a change of heart in the last couple of months or their communications ceased.

Having run for office, he’s political, but don’t sell him short. Montgomery, a West Point grad and military veteran, ably manages a large office, including over 350 lawyers. He is more than capable of handling the Supreme Court job. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office serves the fourth largest county in the United States, and is responsible for the prosecution of more than 35,000 felony criminal cases each year — taking criminals off the streets and keeping residents safe. 

Check out the list of applicants along with their resumes on the AZ Supreme Court’s website. There are thirteen who submitted applications by Friday’s 5:00 pm deadline. Among them are 9 Republicans, 3 Democrats and 1 who has been registered as both an “Independent” and Libertarian. Another applicant disclosed that she has been a registered Democrat since 2002, but prior to that was not registered to vote — clearly demonstrating how much participation in our enviable elective process mean to her.

* Text messages between Bolick and Ducey made available by the Phoenix New Times through a FOIA request.

7 Responses to MC Attorney Bill Montgomery yearns to wear black

  1. Villanova says:

    Far leftist Democrat Andrew Hurwitz, now a judge on the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals (appointed by Barack Obama), was on the Arizona Supreme Court. He was as political as they come, having worked for liberal Dem Governors Bruce Babbitt, Janet Napolitano and Rose Mofford on transition teams and as chief of staff.

    Republican Montgomery doesn’t hold a candle to Hurwitz’ political forays. His political contacts should not hold him back.

  2. East Valley Conservative says:

    I support Montgomery’s stance on the proliferation and legalization of marijuana. I’ve personally witnessed the devastation it caused to young users in my extended family. It is not a passive drug. Montgomery and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk have been the sane voices in this “cannabis” wilderness that is making a lot of people rich and causing irreparable harm to our youth.

  3. Observer says:

    My only question concerning Montgomery is what motivated him to endorse Rodney Glassman for the Corporation Commission? Glassman was the former chairman of the Arizona Democrat Party and previously ran for the US Senate as a Democrat. I view Glassman’s party switch as nothing more than raw opportunism. I wouldn’t have counted a Glassman win as a Republican victory.

  4. jake sez says:

    I must agree with OBSERVER that his switch from being a republican to supporting Glassman make me very suspicious. These locality changes usually mean a back room agreement has been made.

    • Observer says:

      Montgomery didn’t switch his party affiliation. Glassman did. Montgomery did endorse him, which made no sense at the time and would have made even less had Glassman won a Corp Comm seat. Otherwise, I’m OK with him.

    • D.B. Cooper says:

      If a mossy stone had a campaign sign in front of it, Montgomery would endorse it. In that regard he’s much like McCain and Kyl. They even voted for the confirmations of Janet Napolitano for Secretary of Homeland Security (knowing what a lousy governor of their state she had been) AND for Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. The gruesome twosome repeatedly voted to confirm far left Democrats for the federal bench, especially if they were Hispanic.Two such federal district court judges were brother and sister. The twin sister of one headed up the racist group previously known as LaRaza.

      I’m not putting Montgomery in their camp. but I wish the wild rash of endorsements would come to an end.

  5. MacBeth says:

    I scanned the applications. Many of the AZ Supreme Court applicants are currently judges. Montgomery brings a different prospective which is a positive. I just wish he’d get out of the endorsement business.