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Florida State Fraternal Order of Police gives endorsement to Alex Sink



The Florida State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Democrat Alex Sink, following the endorsement earlier this year from the larger Police Benevolent Association.

The unions endorsed Attorney General Bill McCollum and Sink in the primary and both have now endorsed Sink for the general election.

"Alex Sink's support of law enforcement and public safety is unwavering, and she is the kind of honest, upstanding leader all Floridians need on their side in Tallahassee," said FOP president James Preston, in a statement.  "We know we can count on Alex to look out for the needs of law enforcement officers and to put the safety of law-abiding Floridians first. Alex Sink has been a strong advocate and loyal friend to the professional law enforcement officers who make up the FOP, and we are proud to support her."

The last time the FOP endorsed a Demcorat for governor was in 1994, when then-Gov. Lawton Chiles was running against Republican Jeb Bush. The PBA last endorsed a Democrat for governor in 1990, Chiles' first year as a candidate for governor.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:27pm]


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