Romney Loses Key Police Union Endorsement

Looks like Romney's ridicule of President Obama's support for first responders - "He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message in Wisconsin?"  - has come back to bite him in the butt.  After supporting the Republican candidate in 2000, 2004, & 2008, the Fraternal Order of Police have declined to endorse Governor Romney - the first time in 98 years that the organization has not endorsed either candidate.

Romney met with the group in June to seek the endorsement, but it sounds as though the meeting didn't go very well.

Romney Defeats RomneyPeople familiar with the group’s decision said leaders had been disturbed by Mr. Romney’s statements of strong support for several antiunion initiatives, particularly the move in Ohio to restrict the collective-bargaining rights of public-union employees, including police and firefighters. The measure was overturned by voters in Ohio last year.
A candidate needs to win a two-third majority of the group’s national board to win an endorsement, but Mr. Pasco suggested the vote wasn’t close. “This vote was taken with no real debate,” he said. “There was real consensus that there was just no candidate for us to back.”

I would take issue with that last statement because President Obama and the Democratic Party have been the firewall that stopped devastating cuts proposed by Republicans in the Paul Ryan budget:

The Romney/Ryan budget proposal would slash $12 billion per year in federal funding to first responders. In 2007, during his first run for president, Romney said that he would redirect Homeland Security money for first responders into intelligence.

In any case, this lack of an endorsement robs Romney of crucial foot soldiers in many swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida.  


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