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Former Top Cop Endorses Warner

Washington Post editors

W. Gerald Massengill, a retired Virginia State Police superintendent appointed by former Republican Gov. James S. Gilmore III, today endorsed Democrat Mark R. Warner for U.S. Senate.

Massengill, best known for heading the panel that reviewed the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, was joined by five other law enforcement officials from around the state for a news conference in Richmond with Warner.

A self-described Republican who spent 37 years in the state police force, Massengill was appointed superintendent in 2000 and served until 2003. That meant he served under Gilmore and Warner, who was governor from 2002 to 2006.

"During natural disasters like hurricanes and floods, and especially during that frightening period when Virginians were being terrorized by the 'D.C. snipers,' I saw Governor Warner's steady and effective leadership, and I respected the way he always worked to put Virginia first," Massengill said. "Throughout his term as governor, Mark Warner gave law enforcement issues his careful and personal attention, and he worked hard to provide the resources we needed even when state budgets were tight."

The six law enforcement officials cited Warner's consistent efforts to support public safety during tight budget times, his record in implementing solutions that improved public safety and homeland security, and his strong leadership during natural disasters and other crises.

The other officials at the news conference were Virginia Beach Sheriff Paul Lanteigne, Norfolk Sheriff Robert McCabe, Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan, Smithfield Police Chief Mark Marshall and Garth Wheeler, police chief at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond.

By Washington Post editors  |  July 1, 2008; 2:42 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Virginia Tech massacre  
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Warner is Man!!He's got my vote for Prez in 2012.

Posted by: Reston | July 1, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I said it years ago and I will say it again....Gilmore is a first class idiot. Governor Car Tax deserves to lose BIG time!

Posted by: DC John | July 1, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

So was he in on the VT blood money?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it's amazing how quickly people can become turncoats. Frankly, Massengill owes Gilmore pretty much his last 8 years of success. I guess he has forgotten that there was a time when nobody wanted him head up the State Police, and it was Gilmore that believed in him and gave him a shot.

I wonder if Massengill's opinion of Mark Warner as "Va.'s Super Terrorist Fighter" would change if he knew that Mark Warner bought up all of the radio/TV frequencies that the Dept. of Homeland Security has been planning to reserve for local emergency services and first responders, so that he could sell the airspace back to the Federal Government for a fat profit. Yeah, Warner is definitely for keeping people long as he can make another $200 million by cheating the system, just like he did with cell phone technology when working for Chris Dodd in guessed it...U.S. Senate.

Definitely the kind of leech we Virginians should send to the Senate to make our lives better-

Posted by: VaCommonSenseConservative | July 2, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

What's also interesting here is that the Violent Crime Rate rose by nearly 12% over the 4 years that Warner was Governor (source: Warner's own Secretary of the Commonwealth's Annual State of the Commonwealth Reports which are available online at the Library of Virginia's website - along with the Warner's 2002-2004 Budget, which he signed, that states that the Commonwealth was in a recession due to September 11 and then shows that he inherited a $200 million surplus and a $1 Billion plus Rainy Day Fund from Gilmore despite the recession as opposed to the $6 Billion Deficit that the WaPo has reported time and time again).

So, if the Violent Crime Rate rose by 12% in 4 years under Warner's reign, what does that say about the credibility of these cops? They're for a guy that actually allowed for an increase in the Violent Crime Rate? For that matter, what does that say about Warner's suitability as a leader/elected official?

Posted by: VaCommonSenseConservative | July 2, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

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