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State troopers endorse Bush

Published Oct. 8, 2005

The latest round of law enforcement endorsements goes to Republican Jeb Bush.

The 1,300 members of the Florida Association of State Troopers joined Bush at a news conference Thursday in Tallahassee to say they've had enough of Gov. Lawton Chiles.

"Law enforcement in this state has not been afforded the kind of funding and support that are necessary to ensure safe travel on Florida streets and highways during the Chiles administration," said FAST chairman Mike Kirby.

Bush said he has made no specific promises to the troopers, other than a vow to make public safety his first priority and be accessible to law enforcement officers.

"Chiles has shut them out," Bush said.

Chiles says he is the candidate who has been working hardest to fight crime.

Earlier this week Chiles appeared with 25 sheriffs, 21 police chiefs and seven state attorneys to claim that he is the candidate of law enforcement. That appearance followed Bush endorsements from 31 sheriffs and the Florida Police Benevolent Association. Chiles has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.

Bush said Chiles "has made it clear that his first priority is raising taxes to pay for more welfare at the expense of public safety," while Bush said he has made public safety his top priority.