Warner Gets Law Enforcement Support
Former governor Mark R. Warner received more endorsements from Virginia's law enforcement community this morning in his race against former governor James S. Gilmore III for U.S. Senate.
Sheriffs from across western Virginia and the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, a professional association made up of more than 20,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers, announced their support of Warner.
"Governor Warner always had an open door for local officials charged with protecting the public safety," said Norfolk Sheriff Robert McCabe, president of the Virginia Sheriffs Association. "Whether it was a natural disaster or a time of fiscal crisis, I was impressed by his leadership and his willingness to work closely with law enforcement to address the challenges facing Virginia in a bipartisan and responsible manner."
Warner, who was governor between 2002 and 2006, was credited with appointing the nation's first Cabinet-level state official with responsibility for homeland security; allowing the State Police to achieve its designated manpower goals for the first time in 30 years; initiating a statewide AMBER Alert System to notify Virginians about possible child abductions; and supporting tougher anti-drunk driving laws.
"Through good times and bad, Governor Warner has always been a strong supporter of law enforcement professionals and their families, ensuring that we had the resources we needed to protect the public,'' said Jason Knorowski, President of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association.
Warner also has been endorsed by the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement leaders including W. Gerald Massengill, a retired Virginia State Police superintendent who is best known for heading the panel that reviewed the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.
Several sheriffs appeared with Warner at a news conference held during the Virginia Sheriff's Association's conference in Roanoke. Gilmore spoke at the conference.
Gilmore spokeswoman Ana Gamonal said many sheriffs lauded Gilmore's public safety record and commitment to Virginia's law enforcement community and expressing support for his candidacy.
"I have known Gov. Gilmore since he was Henrico County's Commonwealth Attorney, and his record dating back to those early days has always been one of great support for the law enforcement community," said Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown. "His public safety record has been one of great consistency and diligence. I am delighted to support him in his bid for U.S. Senate, because we are at a time where America needs consistent and diligent leaders in Washington."
September 16, 2008; 10:54 AM ET
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