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FOP Still Likes Carol

Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police, contacted D.C. Wire after seeing the news about labor unions backing at large council candidate Michael A. Brown.

He wanted it known that the FOP doesn't flip-flop.

The union endorsed Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) in the Sept. 9 primary. And it's sticking by her now as she wages a write-in campaign to retain her seat in the General Election. But Schwartz did not win her party's nomination in the September primary against newcomer Patrick Mara.

"The FOP endorsed Carol Schwartz because she is the best person running for the position and will do the most good for the District. We have not switched our position because nothing has changed, she still is the best person running and will still do the most good for the District. Loyalty and commitment are hallmarks of the FOP, opportunism is not," Baumann said in an e-mail.

During the primary, labor unions had also rallied around her, particularly inspired by the way she shepherded legislation that requires employers to give most workers paid sick leave.

Locals of the Service Employees International Union were front and center for Schwartz then. Today, the SEIU Local 722 and the DC/MD State Council were in front of Brown's headquarters. Brown, a longtime Democrat, is running as what he calls an "independent Democrat."

Daniel Fields Jr., president of the Local 722, said in an interview, "We did endorse her in the primary, but she didn't win. I like Carol, to tell you the truth, but I see it as a chance to put another Democrat, though he's running as an independent, on the council."

"I'm not against Carol," Fields said. "I'm just more pro-Michael Brown."

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 16, 2008; 4:52 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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