Bill Montgomery's Ex-Ally Chris Simcox May Score Plea Deal in Child Molestation Case
In a 2006 interview with Fox News' Alan Colmes and Sean Hannity, Simcox seems to indicate as much, telling the hosts that "less than 10 minutes ago" his minutemen, including "Don Goldwater and Bill Montgomery, the next governor and attorney general of Arizona," had "rescued" nine people in the desert.
Erstwhile Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil also mentions the Montgomery-Simcox-minuteman connection in a 2006 blog post.
"Bill Montgomery, our Republican attorney general candidate, was with Don when the two of them met Chris Simcox and pulled a shift with the Minutemen for the very first time - in October 2005, less than one year ago!"
I asked Montgomery's flack Jerry Cobb if Montgomery had ever been a minuteman or been out on minuteman patrols, hunting for migrants in the desert.
Cobb did not respond to this inquiry.
Interestingly, Montgomery is joined at the hip to Simcox's former employer, Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, owner of the Scottsdale company iMemories, where Simcox worked until a few days before his arrest.
The business has declined to say exactly what Simcox's job duties were, but it claims these did not include viewing the family photos and videos that iMemories converts to digital files for customers.
Ducey, a Republican, has announced his exploratory committee for an anticipated 2014 run for governor. He recently released a list of policy advisers, headed by former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. Montgomery is one of them.
This, as Montgomery's office prosecutes Simcox for child molestation. At least, one hopes it will. Though after today's proceedings, I am unsure to what degree Simcox will face judgement for what he is alleged to have done to these little children.
Addendum: I should mention that this is not Montgomery's only link to the minutemen or to right-wing extremists. In 2010, when Monty was running for county attorney, he appeared at a Tea Party rally at the ranch of racist anti-Semite minuteman Glenn Spencer, who once played host to kid-killing minutewoman Shawna Forde.
Forde, who is now on Arizona's death row for her part in a murderous 2009 home-invasion in Arivaca, was actually taken into custody by the feds right outside Spencer's ranch. Below is a YouTube video of Monty's rabble-rousing speech.