- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s largest police union has endorsed Democrat Mary Burke for governor and Republican Brad Schimel for attorney general.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association announced the endorsements this week.

WPPA executive director Jim Palmer said Thursday the group is backing Burke because Republican Gov. Scott Walker cut local government aid and that hurt police departments’ ability to fight crime.

Palmer cites FBI data showing an increase in violent crime over the past four years to back up the claim that Wisconsin is less safe under Walker.

The governor on Thursday announced that the Wisconsin Troopers Association was endorsing him.

Palmer says the WPPA picked Schimel over Democrat Susan Happ because his experience and leadership are “second to none.”

Schimel is Waukesha County district attorney and Happ is Jefferson County district attorney.

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