- Spanish journalists kidnapped by al Qaeda group in Syria
- Nevada rescuers frenzied to find 4 kids, 2 adults lost in snow
- ‘TipsforJesus’ strikes in New York, with three massive tips
- John Podesta jumps aboard Obama ship to sell second-term agenda
- ‘Tis the Season: London florist creates $4.6 million Christmas wreath
- No tailgating allowed at Super Bowl XLVIII
- Pentagon to transport African troops to Central African Republic
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping jumps to his death
- Ukraine leader to talk with protesters; Washington urges caution
- Pope Francis: A nun saved my life
Police group backs Allen; credit unions go with Kaine
When groups like Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform endorse a Republican candidate or organizations like the AFL-CIO endorse a Democrat, it generally doesn’t rate much more than a raised eyebrow.
The Virginia State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) endorsed the Republican Mr. Allen at its convention in Fairfax, while the Virginia Credit Union League (VCUL) endorsed Mr. Kaine, a Democrat.
“This endorsement and this race come down to very different records of results for Virginia families,” Mr. Allen said. “As governor I worked with a Democrat-controlled legislature to crack down on criminals, including through the abolition of parole, truth in sentencing and juvenile justice reform. By working together across the aisle, we demonstrated the bipartisan leadership required to accomplish historic reforms for Virginia and make our communities safer places to live, work, invest, shop, and raise our families.”
The state police union, established in 1953, represents nearly 8,000 law enforcement officers.
Though the FOP has traditionally endorsed Republican candidates nationally, Virginia has a bit of a different recent history.
The group supported former Gov. James S. Gilmore III, a Republican, when he ran for attorney general in 1993, but flipped to his opponent, Democrat Donald S. Beyer, in Mr. Gilmore’s successful race for governor in 1997. It also endorsed Democrat Mark R. Warner in his successful Senate run in 2008 — when he defeated Mr. Gilmore.
Democrat Mary Sue Terry won two campaigns for the state’s attorney general position with the backing of the FOP, but the group notably flipped to endorse Mr. Allen in his winning 1993 gubernatorial race against Ms. Terry. The group also endorsed Mr. Allen in his 2000 U.S. Senate race against Democrat Chuck Robb and his unsuccessful 2006 bid against retiring Sen. Jim Webb, the man he’s currently trying to replace. Former state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, a Republican, won the FOP’s support when he lost to Mr. Kaine in the state’s 2005 gubernatorial race.
Meanwhile, in accepting the credit union trade group’s endorsement, Mr. Kaine said he has great respect for credit unions and what he called their “people helping people” philosophy.
“The economy and the creation of jobs is the central focus of my campaign, and credit unions and other community-based financial institutions will help drive the economic recovery,” he said. “Washington needs to ensure the nation’s ‘Main Street’ financial institutions can remain strong, innovative and vibrant for the good of working Americans and our communities.”
The same group, however, actually endorsed Mr. Allen in his 2006 contest against Mr. Webb, and supported Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in his 2009 gubernatorial race against state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, Bath Democrat.
The Kaine campaign also immediately responded to the FOP endorsement by touting support from law enforcement officials across the state, such as Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh; Michael Mohler, president of the state's professional firefighters' union; and Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
- Senate approves 10-year extension of ban on plastic guns
- Israel's Netanyahu still wary of West's deal with Iran
- Former Reagan aide James Baker: President regretted apartheid veto
- Ezekiel Emanuel: If you want to pay more for your doctor, you can under Obamacare
- Sen. Richard Durbin: No line in the sand on unemployment benefits
Latest Blog Entries
By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
- FITTON: A closer look at the Benghazi lie
- Obama eulogizes Mandela, calls him 'the last great liberator'
- Troops forced to rely on welfare, holiday charity
- Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu backs out of Nelson Mandela funeral
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, 'cherry-picked' intelligence: report
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- NSA monitored 'World of Warcraft' players
- MSNBC host: Obamacare a 'wealthy white men' racist word
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whiskey: U.K.-born expert
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
This column will cover the experiential spectrum of music as well as politics and all the things caught in between.
Listening to the heartbeat of Louisiana, including events, food, family and culture.
The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses. And how to get from here to there.
Crystal Wright is a black conservative woman living in Washington, D.C.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow