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Updated: FOP Endorses McDonnell, GOP Ticket

Anita Kumar

The Virginia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed former attorney general Bob McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, this morning at a news conference on Capitol Square in Richmond.

The group represents more than 8,000 local, state and federal law enforcement officials and lodges across Virginia.

The FOP also endorsed McDonnell's running mates, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who is running for re-election against Jody Wagner, and attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who faces Steve Shannon.

There were signs that Democrat Creigh Deeds may have trouble securing the FOP endorsement as early as last week when he gave the FOP and another group representing state public safety employees differing answers about whether he supports collective bargaining for law enforcement personnel.

McDonnell won the FOP endorsement when he ran against Deeds for attorney general in 2005. In recent elections, the FOP has generally endorsed Republicans in statewide races, including Jerry Kilgore for governor in 2005 and George Allen for Senate in 2006. The group endorsed Democrat Mark Warner for Senate last year.

Updated: "Bob McDonnell understands that one of the primary functions of government is to keep citizens safe,'' said Tommy Edwards, president of the Fraternal Order of Police. "His record is one of leadership on major public safety initiatives and a steadfast commitment to Virginia's public safety professionals. Bob McDonnell is a leader Virginians can count on to keep our communities safe."

By Anita Kumar  |  September 24, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Wait a minute. The FOP endorsed Cuccinelli over Shannon? Incredible.

They endorse an ambulance chasing attorney who prefers representing criminals--most of whom were arrested by police--over a former former Fairfax County prosecutor????

Stupid FOP. Really, really stupid.

Posted by: HumbleGovWorker | September 24, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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