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January 14, 2010

Oh, My: Worcester Police Reject Prosecutor Coakley; Unions Endorse Republican Brown

There was every reason in the world for the Police Union to endorse Coakley.

Despite the idea that police tend to be somewhat conservative, police unions usually endorse the Democrat.

But here?

The Worcester police unions are endorsing Brown.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown yesterday accepted the endorsement of the Police Department’s two major unions [in Worcester].

Local 911, New England Police Benevolent Association, and Local 504, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, handed their endorsement to the state senator. The endorsement comes one day after a debate in which Mr. Brown and his main opponent, Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley, squared off. The special election to fill the seat formerly held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will be held Tuesday.

Sgt. Donald E. Cummings, president of Local 504, said Mr. Brown’s service in the National Guard shows that he knows the threat of terrorism is real, and understands the role public safety personnel play in protecting residents.

Stephen Gunnerson, president of Local 911 patrolmen’s union, called Mr. Brown a “tireless advocate for public safety.” He cited Mr. Brown’s support for Jessica’s Law and Haley’s Bill and his support for sex offender and CORI reform.

In fairness, Brown was a JAG, too, so it's not as if there's nothing in his record police would find appealing.


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