SB 5 Bites Romney in the Ass as Police Union Opts Not to Endorse
The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union, leans conservative. They endorsed Bush twice; they endorsed John McCain despite his babbling idiot running mate. Mitt Romney met with the group in June, hoping to continue the tradition. But for the first time in nearly a century, the group declined to endorse a presidential candidate.
And oh look — what's this?
People 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.
Remember all those cops last year who said they'd voted for John Kasich but would never vote Republican again? Maybe memories aren't as short as some people pessimistically suggest.
The group's president Chuck Canterbury moaned and wailed about the lack of bipartisanship, compromise and cooperation, then said, "We urge our members to exercise their right to vote in this election."
The Ohio FOP group has already endorsed Sherrod Brown, which also goes against their grain. It's starting to look like the Sb 5 chickens could really come home to roost in Ohio — and be a significant factor in the election. Thanks, Governor Kasich!