Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM PDT
National Police Union Refuses to Endorse Romney, First Such Refusal in 98 Years
For the first time in 98 years, the 330,000-member Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
will not endorse a candidate for president this year. The FOP supported the Republican candidate for President in 2008, 2004, and 2000, and its non-endorsement is seen as a refutation of Mitt Romney.
Why the change? One big reason was Mitt Romney's support of Senate Bill 5 in Ohio, which stripped collective bargaining rights from police officers.
People familiar with the group's decision said leaders had been disturbed by Mr. Romney's statements of strong support for several antiunion initiatives, particularly the move in Ohio to restrict the collective-bargaining rights of public-union employees, including police and firefighters. The measure was overturned by voters in Ohio last year.