Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I was happy to read the following news item today:

""The Fraternal Order of Police, which operates as the union for the Columbus Division of Police, gave its endorsement Tuesday to several Ohio candidates, including Gov. Ted Strickland in his bid for re-election.

The FOP threw its substantial weight behind the current governor in his bid against Republican opponent John Kasich.

"The Fraternal Order of Police is proud to stand with Governor Ted Strickland in support of his re-election," FOP State President Jay McDonald said. "The delegates at our annual conference voted to endorse Governor Strickland, who has been a strong partner with the law enforcement community during his first term in office. We look forward to continuing this relationship for years to come."

Strickland responded by saying, "Today's endorsement is a great honor. As governor I am deeply committed to helping Ohio's law enforcement professionals in their daily efforts to keep Ohio families and streets safe.

"I will continue to fight for the policies that support the mission of these brave men and women."

Strickland continued, "Congressman Kasich has proposed a reckless tax plan that would cause a massive hole in Ohio's state budget and could lead to devastating cuts in public safety programs. Local governments responsible for funding police departments would have to either leave residents unprotected or dramatically increase property taxes to maintain services. As we recover from the economic recession created on Wall Street, we must continue to support our law enforcement personnel and protect local communities across the state.""

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