Bill Montgomery Meets With Elected Officials, Forms Transition Team; Likely County Attorney Getting Early Start

Categories: Election 2010
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Bill Montgomery, the likely next County Attorney, has formed a transition team and is meeting with elected officials.
Bill Montgomery hasn't been elected Maricopa County Attorney yet, but he's already formed a transition team and has been meeting with elected officials.

Can't say we blame him, since there isn't a snowball's chance in Phoenix that he'll lose November 2's general election to Libertarian Michael Kielsky.

Montgomery won the Republican primary election against Interim County Attorney Rick Romley, and no Democrats are running.

Forming a transition team seemed "prudent" under the circumstances, Montgomery tells us, but he hopes this isn't a discouragement for Kielsky, who's working "extremely hard" on the campaign trail.

Montgomery's team so far:  

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Steve Twist

* Steve Twist -- a friend of Montgomery's with long political roots in Arizona. He's was former Arizona Attorney General Bob Corbin's right-hand man and was the lead prosecutor in the case against former Governor Evan Mecham. Twist is currently vice president and general counsel for Services Group of America in Scottsdale, and works as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University's law college.

* Diane Humetewa -- former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. The George W. Bush appointee was the first Native American woman to serve as a U.S. Attorney. President Obama replaced her last year with Dennis Burke.

* Jonathan Schwartz -- retired Maricopa County Superior Court judge. Schwartz had a brief, guest appearance in the judicial complaint letter written last year by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's chief lackey, David Hendershott. Remember Judge Gary Donahoe's consternation over the failure of jail inmates to be transported to court on time? Schwartz apparently started that ball rolling, according to Hendershott's complaint letter -- a letter that was later recast as the unusual probable cause statement attached to the criminal complaint filed against Donahoe.

* Len Munsil -- local lawyer, blogger and right-wing activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006.

* Mark Faull -- local lawyer, former Tucson cop and former employee of the County Attorney's office. Served as one of Andy Thomas' special assistants.


Final decisions on staffing under the new regime won't be made until after the election, Montgomery says.

Montgomery also met this week with all but one of the County Supervisors, the presiding judge of the Superior Court, (Norman Davis), and "about half" of the county's elected officials, he says.

Is the former tank commander prepping the battlefield? Or is this the beginning of a new detante in the county?

Time will tell.



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15 comments
Az Debtman
Az Debtman

Okay Arizona voters, you and I both know Montgomery has skeletons and they ain't the kind that come out to talk about too quickly. It's just a matter of time before Ol St. Nick lands on the roof and shoots straight. So what if he's Der Fuhrer Joe and Camp Pearce/Kavanaugh/Thomas get out of "civil rights and civil rights education" violations. I looked in the crystal ball and it's just a matter of time! It's either going to be a Jerry, Maury, or Haggert moment. Archives won't lie!

ChadSnow
ChadSnow

Mr. Kielsky, you will most likely not win this election, but you are about to get the highest percentage of the vote that any Libertarian candidate has ever received for any office. Something to brag to your friends about.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

that JoKKKErs pawn DID NOT get my vote !!!!! no WAY .!!! i voted libatarian

Anon
Anon

It's time to flip the switch and vote for Kielsky. This is the most powerful position in the state and the Dems couldn't field a candidate??

Roro
Roro

Joe Arpaio wins again.... he has another puppydog. Isn't that all that really matters?

Cantu2010
Cantu2010

The picks were okay until he put in Mark Faull. Same cancer from Thomas regime.

pressguy
pressguy

Jonathan Schwartz kicked a woman off a jury for bringing a "puppy in training" that would one day allow people with handicaps to better serve on juries. He told her he would never allow a blind person on a jury. Ironic, since Lady Justice is blind -- and because it's not just the blind who use dogs. He was not a very nice man on that day.

Enuf
Enuf

Well, I voted for the Libertarian loser just so I wouldn't have to vote for the loser Republican out of Thomas' old stable. But I know the Libertarian fool won't win. That's fine, I wouldn't want him to. Those people would lead us all into ruin faster than any other political brand herd mentality around.

Bummer the Democrats couldn't find a good candidate to run. I don't generally like voting for Dems, but I would love to see a clean sweep of the low life swine that the Republican Party has provided us with around here.

This Montgomery dude has a chance to show himself as something other than a Candy Andy minion. Wonder if he even cares about that, beyond campaign rhetoric anyway.

Michael Kielsky
Michael Kielsky

Wow, I didn't expect the New Times to cheelead for my campaign, but they could at least get my name right.

Tea Baggers are Hypocrites
Tea Baggers are Hypocrites

Where are the Tea Baggers? With all the rehtoric coming from them about being non-partisan, they should be supporting the libertarian over the republican - especially with the big CORRUPT government types the Republican candidate is bringing on board. Len Munsil is the WORST example of a government employee I've EVER seen - he is a partisan bully, nothing more.

Anon
Anon

Sounds like more of the "good ole" boys keeping Arizona as a backwater state.

Anon
Anon

Enuf, You're spot on.

Tina
Tina

Although I haven't voted yet, my sentiments and intentions are/were almost identical to yours....particularly that desire to "see a clean sweep of the low life swine that the Republican Party has provided us with around here." I'm familiar with the names of the first four on Montgomery's "transition team" (I go back a good number of years) and have never read anything "bad" coming from any of them.....certainly nothing like the outlandish behavior we've been getting a steady diet of from so many county and state public officials who wear a Republican ID tag. Almost nothing surprises me anymore and I have come to expect anything. Just so Montgomery doesn't have it in his head to hire Andrew Thomas.

Tina
Tina

If it was a misspelling of your name, it looks like writer Ray Stern made the correction.

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

Sorry, Michael. Slipped on the keyboard. Best of luck to you.

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