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Posted: 9/10/2004 3:08:24 PM EDT
September 10, 2004
Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Bush!!!
President Bush has "full support" of the nation's largest police labor organization

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, today announced the organization's endorsement of President George W. Bush in his reelection effort.

"For the past four years, President George W. Bush has proved himself to be one of the very best friends that rank-and-file law enforcement officers have ever had," Canterbury said from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the group's National Board is meeting this weekend. "We are fortunate to have this man in the White House and we are proud to give him our endorsement today."

For a candidate to receive the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, he must receive a two-third majority of the National Board, which comprises one Trustee from each of the organization's State Lodges. President Bush received the unanimous endorsement of the National Board.

"Our National Board, and the more than 318,000 members of the F.O.P., are very well acquainted with the President's record with respect to law enforcement because he has made the F.O.P. a partner in crafting national law enforcement policy," Canterbury said. "He has always been there for the rank-and-file officer, and we are eager to be there for him in November."

Canterbury described numerous important regulatory and legislative victories that were achieved by the Fraternal Order of Police with the help of the President and his Administration. His cited three of the most important as the passage of the "Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act," the most significant expansion of the Public Safety Officers' Benefit program in a generation; the enactment of the "Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act," which exempts active and retired law enforcement officers from State and local prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms; and the adoption of new regulations giving law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics stronger overtime protections.

"In just four short years, President Bush and his Administration have enacted some of the most beneficial changes to American law enforcement in the past five decades," Canterbury said. "And we look forward to helping him win another four!"

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 318,000 members.

Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:44:54 PM EDT
Hot Damn!
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:55:23 PM EDT
and about damn time
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 6:25:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2004 6:25:19 PM EDT by Tango7]
Holy crapoly! A labor union for Bush?

Of course, I got quickly disillusoned when the IAFF endorsed Gore in 2000 1999, before he officially announced his candidacy...
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 7:48:40 AM EDT
This is big news. My FOP just polled all members to see who they are supporting in this election. The presumption was that most cops vote Republican and that the National FOP always backs the DEMs. Surprise....surprise
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 9:46:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 9:38:58 PM EDT
Makes me feel better about joining the FOP then.

My state is a "right to work state" or as it should be called a "right to get fired on a whim state". No union representation other than the FOP. Worth it for the liability insurance representation during arbritration and trials.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:39:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2004 9:47:01 AM EDT by dnra]
Thats odd duchebag kerry claimed the same thing. or maybe it was the active police "CHIEF"S ASSN" because we all know assault weapons are the choice of criminals and DDealers and the police do not want to be out gunned.

Link Posted: 9/15/2004 5:12:40 PM EDT
Is this some kind of joke?
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 3:41:15 PM EDT
Was this endorsement before or after he tried to take our overtime pay with his changes to FLSA.

I am not voting for Kerry but I sure as hell am not voting for Bush.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 3:57:04 PM EDT
Please do not forget that FOP supported billlary clintoon. Suck one dick and cocksucker for life!
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 7:34:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2004 7:37:11 PM EDT by watersniper]
Bush responded promptly to the FOP's questionare. There was a 3-4 week turnaround this summer for the FOP to receive the questionares and evaluate the responses. As of August, Kerry still had not returned his... Surprise Surprise.

In the responses to that questionare Bush clarified that they were not going to touch police overtime, PERIOD.

Kerry was supported by the AFPO. Coincidentally the AFPO tried to settle the ABA lawsuit prematurely. Their settlement would have short-changed many. The FOP is fighting against this settlement, and the judge has ruled the settlement needs reworked.

Link Posted: 9/17/2004 8:14:28 PM EDT
Well, sounds to me like they are reading the wind.

It's blowing for Bush, hard.

Don't want to be on record for backing the loser.

Might make it hard to get some needed law passed.


Link Posted: 9/17/2004 8:39:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Glockfan:
Was this endorsement before or after he tried to take our overtime pay with his changes to FLSA.

I am not voting for Kerry but I sure as hell am not voting for Bush.

so i take it national security, the war on terrorism, the economy, taxes, the Supreme Court, etc.... all mean nothing to you?
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