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9/13/2010

Los Angeles Police Protective League Endorses Meg Whitman for California Governor

Filed under: General — Jack Dunphy @ 11:01 pm

[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

UPDATE/CORRECTION: Whitman has been endorsed by the California Law & Order Independent Expenditure Committee, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The League itself has not made an endorsement, though its political action committee voted unanimously in favor of Whitman. The original post appears below. Please read it with this correction in mind.

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To my great relief, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, of which I am a member, has endorsed Republican Meg Whitman in her race against Democrat Jerry Brown. (The League is the labor union that represents LAPD officers at the rank of lieutenant and below.)

A few weeks ago, the League sent out an e-mail to the membership soliciting input on the endorsement. My initial reaction was along the lines of, “You mean there’s a chance you would actually endorse Brown?” One of the persistent frustrations of being a League member is watching helplessly as the board of directors plays footsie with liberal politicians, so there was the possibility that some sort of deal had been arranged with Brown that would have allowed him to overcome his reputation as a kook by pointing to his endorsement from the LAPPL. But the message from the membership regarding the governor’s race was emphatic: the League reported that the response was 10-1 in favor of Whitman, a figure that squares with my estimate of conservatives to liberals in the LAPD.

And most of the liberals work in house-mouse positions, so those of us who work the field don’t consider them to be real cops, anyway.

–Jack Dunphy

13 Responses to “Los Angeles Police Protective League Endorses Meg Whitman for California Governor”

  1. > a figure that squares with my estimate of conservatives to liberals in the LAPD

    Well, except where gun control is concerned…

    :oP

    IgotBupkis (9eeb86)

  2. Excellent. I’ve been getting the occasional Brown commercial paid for by the Law and Order Independent Expenditure Committee – or some such thing – just close enough to sound to the untrained ear, that real cops are backing the donkey.

    I know better, but I bet there’s a bunch who don’t.

    papertiger (b90564)

  3. Is it really that big a ratio, ten to one, even in LA? I am surprised, albeit in a pleasant way. I have to ask, how come these guys stay in such a hostile environment when they would be welcomed as LEOs in other parts of the country?

    Gazzer (6404af)

  4. A few weeks ago, the League sent out an e-mail to the membership soliciting input on the endorsement. My initial reaction was along the lines of, “You mean there’s a chance you would actually endorse Brown?”

    I think they knew what the answer wasg oing to be, but they still felt as a matter of form that the membership should be be consulted.

    Rich Rostrom (f7aeae)

  5. older cops likely still remember Rose Bird and all her stupidities….. or heard about them when they were going through training.

    redc1c4the o (fb8750)

  6. Recalling Moonbeam’s first time through in 1978 where the LAPPL directors endorsed Jerry Brown, much to the consternation of the membership, who shortly voted them all (as I recall) out.

    That led to Medfly crisis, a stupid “diamond lane” on the Santa Monica freeway that snarled traffic and increased collisions, the infamous Rose Bird and more.

    Of course, the ex-LAPPL directors also got cushy state appointments. Guess current leadership is satisfied with their present jobs.

    ManlyDad (6a8a16)

  7. Do 10 officers out of 100 believe that Moonbeam would be anything other than disastrous in terms of law enforcement and civil society?

    iconoclast (bbd5ee)

  8. Do 10 officers out of 100 believe that Moonbeam would be anything other than disastrous in terms of law enforcement and civil society?

    Unlike his counterpart in Texas, Brown refuses to defend laws against constitutional attack.

    Michael Ejercito (249c90)

  9. What kind of dirt bag buys and bullies her way into power (threatening to sue TV stations) then as an example utilizes the comments of the most morally bankrupt, dishonest, lying president we have had in years. Bull shit, you can’t buy my vote or lie your way into office. As a veteran of over 20 years in the U. S. military I will address this issue to every veterans organizations and meeting I can, and that’s a promise! Funny Clinton has now stated he supports Jerry Brown. What does that tell you stupid!

    Top Dog (7f97c6)

  10. Sir, all I can say is THANK GOD! I would have lost that bet Mr. Dunphy. Our league has been so historically weak, that this is shocking.

    EdO'Shea (104094)

  11. I just read that Meg Whitman has broken US campaign spending records. Not sure its a wise thing to do, but that’s just me.

    jm (9644f8)

  12. To a ordinary citizen the LAPD looks partisan. Something to discuss in the jury room.

    Joe (0b2ff7)

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