May 15, 2004
Cops for Kerry

I'm glad to see this.

Presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry today collected the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, a police union that backed President Bush in the 2000 election.

"After three and a half years of disappointing leadership under George Bush, we need to change course in November and elect a president with a real record of supporting police officers and a lifetime of standing with law enforcement," IBPO President David Holway said in a statement provided by the Kerry campaign.

The union endorsed Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. Kerry scheduled a round-table discussion with members of the group today to talk about law enforcement issues.

MeteorBlades notes this Washington Monthly story that provides some context to this. Did you know that crime has been creeping upward lately after years of decline in the 90s? Think the cuts in local police forces brought about by universal budget squeezes might have anything to do with that? The cops understand, and that's why they're backing Kerry. Good for them.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 15, 2004 to The making of the President | TrackBack