Conservative-Leaning Police Group Endorses Sherrod Brown
Governor John Kasich's Grand Miscalculation, SB 5, continues to have repercussions on the Ohio political landscape.
Yesterday, Sherrod Brown's campaign forward this release from the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police:
The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio’s largest police organization representing 25,000 active and retired law enforcement officers, today endorsed Sherrod Brown for re-election to the United States Senate. The endorsement was made by the delegates attending the 78th annual conference in Independence, Ohio.
“Senator Brown was one of our strongest allies in the fight against SB 5/Issue 2.”, said FOP President Jay McDonald. “He is also one of the strongest supporters of law enforcement issues in the United States Senate and our members of the FOP in Ohio are proud to stand with Senator Brown for his re-election.”
The conservative group has endorsed only Republicans for the Senate since 1988, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Now admittedly, none of those Republicans were as blatantly unqualified for the office as Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel, so we don't know if Mandel's own unworthiness was a factor. It IS interesting that a testosterone-heavy group like the FOP was not swayed by Mandel's constant harping on having been a Marine.
Clearly, protecting their jobs was the biggest factor here. It will be interesting to see whether this will carry over to the presidential election — especially given the focus now on Mitt Romney's outsourcing of American jobs while head of Bain Capital, jobs that fund local governments and pay police officers.