Bill Montgomery Leaves Name Off Campaign to Prevent Kids and Pets in Hot Cars
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's new campaign to prevent people from leaving kids and pets in hot cars leaves one interesting thing out -- Montgomery's name.
Images: Ray Stern Bill Montgomery's name doesn't appear in new public service announcements -- and he wants you to know it.
Not one to turn a serious crisis into opportunity, Montgomery says he doesn't want "to mix up the message" by making it look like he's promoting himself in the campaign.
We were in the lobby of the county building at 301 West Jefferson Street, and he told us this just after the Q&A session wrapped up at his news conference, before reporters went outside to the street to see a billboard truck.
"I've got a scoop for you," he said unexpectedly.
We had our hopes up for something juicy, frankly. We'd just asked him questions about a couple of cases, including whether any charging decision had been made in the pending case of Peter Steinmetz, the Barrow Neurological Insititute scientist who brought an AR-15 to Sky Harbor on July 25. (No news yet on that one, he said.)
No such luck.
Montgomery motioned to a yellow poster bearing the campaign's slogan, "Don't Leave Me Behind."
"Do you see my name on it?" he asked.
Which, if you think about it, is a funny way to announce that you're taking pains to not promote yourself.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
But okay, he gets a brownie point. There'll be no snarky columns from pundits who might accuse him of self-aggrandizement in this new campaign, which involves the billboard truck driving around malls and other places to remind people not to kill their kids and pets.
And after all, both of Montgomery's predecessors found trouble for spending money to advertise themselves.
Andrew Thomas, Montgomery's predecessor and the gubernatorial candidate burning public money to run bigoted TV ads, was motivated to target former County Supervisor Don Stapley because Stapley wouldn't let him put his name on an anti-meth campaign, according to the State Bar complaint that got Thomas disbarred.
Rick Romley was dinged for his 46-page 2004 annual report that cost $44,000 to publish.
Montgomery's not going to get caught doing stuff like that. When you see the billboard truck with the cute kid and cocker spaniel (about to fry due to bad parenting) don't think about Bill Montgomery. He wouldn't want that.
See the next page for complete text of Montgomery's Public Awareness Campaign: