According to the Arizona Capitol Times’ Yellow Sheet, a group of nearly 20 conservative leaders from across Arizona have written a letter to State Representative Steve Montenegro urging him to explore a campaign for Secretary of State. While liberal State Senator Michele Reagan has long coveted the job, there has not been a conservative candidate mentioned, related to the SOS race, that has elicited any real excitement among the grassroots of the AZGOP. If Montenegro were to run, that would all change very quickly. Montenegro is in his third term and has been a real fighter for conservative issues. His scores from taxpayer groups, pro-family groups, libertarian-leaning groups like the Goldwater Institute, and conservative groups are always among the very best, and he has been a leader on issues like border security, fiscal restraint, the defense of human life, our 2nd Amendment rights, and more. With so much of the national Republican Party looking for credible Hispanic candidates, a candidate like Montenegro might not only be attractive to Arizona conservatives, but Republican party stalwarts across the country. We will try to get a list of the signers and will update this post as soon as we get them. In the meantime, check out this clip of a younger Steve Montenegro (starts at 1:40) speaking at the first Arizona Tea Party back in 2009, and consider that this is him as a rookie, after just a few months in office!