Former Top Cop Endorses Warner
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.
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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