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Old 10-16-04, 02:27 PM
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Police Call on Kerry to Stop Misrepresenting Their Support

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Police Call on Kerry to Stop Misrepresenting Their Support

10/14/2004 6:34:00 PM

To: State Desk

Contact: Chris Granberg of the Fraternal Order of Police, 202-547-8189

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today Chuck Canterbury, the President of the nation's largest police labor organization, called on John Kerry to stop making misleading statements regarding his support from the law enforcement community. Both on the campaign trail and in Wednesday night's debate in Tempe, AZ, Senator Kerry has alluded that he has the support of the majority of these brave men and women.

"As the elected leader of the largest organization representing America's Federal, State and local law enforcement officers, I believe it's important to point out yet again that we do not support his candidacy for President," Canterbury said. "And to be perfectly frank, the groups which do support him actually share the same membership rolls and, taken together, probably comprise less than one-quarter of our nation's police officers."

<b>Canterbury further noted that unlike the organizations which Senator Kerry touts, F.O.P. members as a whole decided that the Fraternal Order of Police would endorse the reelection of President George W. Bush. They based their decision, he said, on the record of the Bush Administration in supporting America's first responders-including helping to secure passage earlier this year of H.R. 218, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, the organization's top legislative priority. Bush also successfully fought to greatly enhance the benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

"While Kerry was flying around the country campaigning and leaving the actual work of the nation to his colleagues in the Senate, the President was out there working on our behalf," Canterbury said. "Senators Kerry and Edwards have missed so many crucial votes this Congress that I was beginning to believe there were only 98 members of the U.S. Senate."</b>

Canterbury also said it was the height of irony that Kerry would use his position on the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban as a reflection of his support from police.

"First, if a police officer is killed by an AK-47, Kerry would oppose the death penalty for the killer," Canterbury said. "In addition, where was he when this issue was being discussed in the 108th Congress? Where was he when we were working to pass H.R. 218? When it came time to help push for final passage of legislation important to law enforcement, Senator Kerry was regrettably A.W.O.L."

"Given the facts, I would greatly appreciate it if Senator Kerry would refrain from making similar whimsical assertions regarding his support from the law enforcement community," Canterbury said.<b> "The real majority of my fellow officers are standing behind President Bush, because he has been there for us."</b>

The Fraternal Order of Police is the nation's largest law enforcement labor organization, with more than 318,000 members.

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I don't know where to or at Kerry at this point...
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Originally posted by dork
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And MSNBC's spin is relevant.... how?
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And MSNBC's spin is relevant.... how?
Since the thread began with a press release, I thought some background information might actually be helpful. Sorry about that.
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the msnbc article is correct in that police officers aren't going to be 100% voting for bush. but at the same time, the FOP backing bush isn't just the leadership. and the msnbc article talks about people not following what the leadership says. according to the article I posted it was a decision made by the members as a whole. probably not 100% but they probably had some sort of vote or survey with a majority going to bush
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Originally posted by mikehunt
the msnbc article is correct in that police officers aren't going to be 100% voting for bush. but at the same time, the FOP backing bush isn't just the leadership. and the msnbc article talks about people not following what the leadership says. according to the article I posted it was a decision made by the members as a whole. probably not 100% but they probably had some sort of vote or survey with a majority going to bush
And that's exactly why I called the MSNBC article spin. They find a few people who are willing to be quoted as Kerry supporters, and use that as "proof" (or is that "poodle"?) that he has significant support among law enforcement. The statements from Canterbury were very clear that the majority of support, both from leaders and rank-and-file members, is going for Bush.
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Originally posted by RoboDad
They find a few people who are willing to be quoted as Kerry supporters
Do you even read the articles posted?

Meanwhile, in May the International Brotherhood of Police Officers gave its support for Sen. John Kerry
Last week the National Association of Police Organizations, representing 2,000 police unions and associations, announced its endorsement of Kerry
International Association of Fire Fighters, representing 236,000 fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, officially endorsing Kerry last year

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I'm guessing all these organizations represent the same police officers and it's just the leadership finding someone to endorse.
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Originally posted by CRM114
Do you even read the articles posted?
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Today Chuck Canterbury, the President of the nation's largest police labor organization, called on John Kerry to stop making misleading statements regarding his support from the law enforcement community.
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