I was one of the 18 (Hat tip to SeeingRedAZ):
GOP county board votes to endorse Montgomery in county attorney’s race
The Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee voted Thursday night to endorse Bill Montgomery for Maricopa County Attorney over appointed incumbent Rick Romley and Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn, a divorce lawyer. Montgomery is a former deputy county attorney.
The bylaws require 60% of the members voting in the affirmative. It was an 18 – 8 vote, with the chairman not voting and 3 abstentions.
Romley was appointed to his old post in mid-April by the Board of Supervisors for whom he had been working. The vacancy occurred when Andrew Thomas resigned to run for Arizona Attorney General.
Here's the text of the endorsement resolution, which was offered by one of the conservative "at large" members elected to the Committee on Jan. 16 by all of the precinct committeemen who attended the Jan. 16 mandatory annual meeting.
Concerning the Maricopa County Attorney 2010 Republican Primary Election
Whereas, Bill Montgomery has a proven record of prosecutorial success at the County Level, and
Whereas, Republican Candidate Bill Montgomery has vowed to vigorously prosecute those arrested under SB1070, and
Whereas, Bill Montgomery commands the respect of all agencies to which he must interact as County Attorney including Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Board of Supervisors, and
Whereas, Interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley has endorsed numerous Democrat Party Candidates for office, even when in direct violation of Maricopa County Republican by-laws (e.g. 2002 Democrat Candidate for Secretary of State Chris Cummiskey, 2008 Democrat Candidate for Maricopa County Attorney Tim Nelson, and 2008 Democrat Candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff Dan Saban), and
Whereas, Rick Romley has abandoned his lawful responsibilities as County Attorney and refused to prosecute illegal immigrants under Arizona’s human smuggling law, which has a 94% prosecution success rate under former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and
Whereas, just today, Rick Romley pulled $700,000 of funding for Employer-Sanctions enforcement from the County Sheriff’s office further obstructing efforts to identify, arrest, and prosecute perpetrators of identity theft, the gateway crime of illegal immigrants, and
Whereas, Rick Romley in his previous 16 year career as County Attorney failed to aggressively defend Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, resulting in millions of dollars in losses to Maricopa County in civil judgments, and
Whereas, the second of three Republican candidates and Chandler Mayor, Boyd Dunn has no prosecutorial experience whatsoever, and
Whereas, Mayor Dunn has traveled to Washington, D.C. as recently as 2008 to defend Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and
Whereas, Mayor Dunn has prohibited Chandler Police from inquiring about the immigration status of someone arrested for a misdemeanor offense, enforcing a de facto Sanctuary City Policy,
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Executive Guidance Council of the Maricopa County Republican Committee endorses Bill Montgomery for Maricopa County Attorney in the upcoming Primary Election to be held on August 24, 2010.
Things like this ONLY happen when conservatives flock into the Party as precinct committeemen. The 26 people who cast votes were all elected representatives of the precinct committeemen. I spoke in support of the Resolution twice and other conservatives on the Committee, as well as precinct committeemen in the audience, spoke passionately in favor of the Resolution. One told a chilling story of his brother-in-law's experience as a police chief in Sonora, Mexico -- the drug cartels had cut off the heads of two of his deputies in just the last few days. He also spoke of the fact that the El Paso City Council building has been fired upon from across the border -- a fact ignored by the media. Serveral precinct committeemen spoke about how they want the want the leadership of the Party to endorse "real" Republicans who will pledge to support and enforce all the laws, not just the ones they favor personally.
Again, these things happen ONLY if YOU will get involved INSIDE the Party. It's a pure numbers game. Blogging doesn't make these things happen. Showing up at Party meetings does. So, I hope you'll become a precinct committeeman.
ColdWarrior, PC (that’s “precinct committeeman,” not “political child!”)
Conservatives, UNITE! CHANGE the Republican Party and save the world by UNITING INSIDE the Party as precinct committeemen. NOW! (123 days until Nov. 2 -- what are YOU DOING to help get out the vote in your precinct?)
American first, conservative second, Republican precinct committeeman BY NECESSITY!
“[Primary e]lections have consequences, my friends.” — John McCain