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Hamilton, Under Investigation, Endorsed by Police

Anita Kumar

Here's one of the most interesting endorsements this campaign season.

Del. Phil Hamilton was endorsed today by the Virginia Police Benevolent Association.

Yes, you read correctly.

The powerful Republican lawmaker from Newport News who is under federal investigation got the backing of more than 2,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officials.

Hamilton is under investigation for negotiating a job offer with Old Dominion University before securing state money for the school. A federal grand jury served the Newport News school system and ODU with subpoenas and search warrants.

"We will ask our members, their friends and families, and all citizens who respect the strong and efficient enforcement of our laws to cast their ballots in the upcoming election in your favor,'' William B. Gordon, Newport News Chapter President of PBA wrote in a letter to Hamilton.

Does the PBA know something we don't know?

By Anita Kumar  |  October 13, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
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The Virginia PBA has nothing at all to do with the local PBA organizations around the state. It's an organization made up of disgruntled Portsmouth police officers who know little about politics and even less about what's best for law enforcement. Basically -- whatever the Fraternal Order of Police, Sheriffs's Association, State Police Association and Chiefs of Police want -- the Virginia PBA is opposed to. They have no credibility in Virginia. Let's not lend them more than they deserve.

Posted by: andrscott | October 14, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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