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National Police Union Turns Down Romney and Obama
|Contributor||Homegrown Democrat |
|Last Edited||Homegrown Democrat Sep 10, 2012 11:18pm|
|Author||Neil King Jr. and Gary Fields|
|News Date||Saturday, September 8, 2012 12:05:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Mitt Romney has been turned away by a large union whose endorsement he hoped to win. |
The 330,000-member Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest police union, announced that it would back no candidate for president this year, the first time the group had passed on an endorsement in its 98-year history. The union backed the Republican nominees in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and backed President Bill Clinton in 1996.
The rebuff came less than three months after Mr. Romney met with the order’s top brass in June seeking the group’s endorsement. “We had a lengthy and comprehensive meeting with Mr. Romney,” said Jim Pasco, the group’s executive director.
“The important challenges faced by our rank-and-file officers, the real issues in public safety, and the problems that our criminal justice system is facing are not the focus of either campaign,” Chuck Canterbury, the group’s president, said in a statement. “It would be irresponsible for us to support either candidate.”