[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.
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.