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Updated: Police Group Backs Bolling

Anita Kumar

Four years ago, the Virginia Police Benevolent Association endorsed Democrat Leslie Byrne over Republican Bill Bolling for lieutenant governor. This year, the group is going with Bolling.

The PBA, which represents more than 2,000 law enforcement officers in the state, endorsed Bolling today.

"Lt. Governor Bolling has demonstrated his support for the issues that are important to law enforcement,'' PBA President Jason Knorowski said. "The Virginia PBA encourages all Virginians to support strong, effective law enforcement by re-electing Bill Bolling as our Lieutenant Governor."

The group cited Bolling's support of efforts to increase the number of state-funded local law enforcement positions, increased retirement benefits for law enforcement officers and funding for a task force on internet sexual predators.

In his press release, Bolling again criticizes his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of Finance Jody Wagner, for "mismanaging" the state's finances to the point that $150 million has had to be cut from the budget in the last two two years.

Update: Wagner's campaign responds. "Jody Wagner has won accolades from Democrats and Republicans alike for her fiscal stewardship of Virginia -- its why we've been named the 'Best State for Business' seven times in the last four years -- not to mention the 'Best Managed State' twice,' '' said Elisabeth Pearson, Wagner campaign manager.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 29, 2009; 6:45 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009  
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