19 July 2012

First time in 24 years: the OHIO FOP endorses a Democrat for Senate

Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio endorse Sen. Sherrod Brown... | www.daytondailynews.com

" In a dramatic sign of the fallout from Senate Bill 5, the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio Tuesday endorsed Sen. Sherrod Brown for re-election, the first time the organization has backed a Democratic Senate candidate since 1988.
The FOP, which represents 25,000 active and retired police officers across the state, said it will back Brown against Republican challenger Josh Mandel because Brown vigorously campaigned last year in favor of a statewide ballot issue that struck down Senate Bill 5, a measure signed into law by Gov. John Kasich and which curbed the bargaining rights of public employees.

“Senator Brown was one of our strongest allies in the fight against,’’ the collective bargaining law, said Jay McDonald, president of the FOP.

A Mandel spokesman declined comment.

For the past two decades, the FOP has reliably backed Republican Senate candidates. The FOP endorsed former Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, in his unsuccessful 2006 re-election campaign against Brown. The organization supported Republican Rob Portman in his winning Senate campaign against Democrat Lee Fisher.
The last time the FOP opted for a Democrat was 1988 when it endorsed Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D-Ohio...."

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Today, I am proud of my home-town. And of my home-state.

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