Illinois FOP Endorses Quinn?
Quinn released how many hundreds of violent Illinois offenders, endangering the lives of citizens and the police, but the Illinois FOP think he's a better deal than Rauner?
- Governor Pat Quinn today was endorsed by the state’s largest public safety organization, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, which represents more than 35,000 active duty and retired police officers in Illinois. Today’s major endorsement by the largest public safety organization in Illinois adds to the growing momentum for Governor Quinn’s re-election in 2014.
“Governor Quinn is the strong leader we need to protect the people of Illinois,” said Chris Southwood, President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge (FOP). “There is only one candidate in this race with a proven record of making the tough decisions to protect public safety. Governor Quinn is on our side fighting every day to keep our communities safe and we are proud to endorse him in this important election.”
Yes, Quinn is the only one in the race empowered to make those decisions - Rauner doesn't hold office. But we take issue with "tough decisions to protect public safety." Letting robbers, thieves, burglars, etc go free before their sentences are completed doesn't contribute anything to public safety. In fact, e-mails released yesterday hint at a deeper connection concerning Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative as a "slush fund" steering money to connected entities in exchange for votes for Quinn:
- The former agency head overseeing Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program gave state lawmakers a contrasting picture Wednesday, saying the 2010 initiative largely worked and created jobs and opportunities during a violent time for the Chicago area.
Barbara Shaw, former executive director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, spoke publicly for the first time about the now-defunct program, spending more than five hours detailing how the program was run.
Painting a different picture, the GOP seized on 2010 emails from Quinn’s former chief of staff released to the commission mentioning the program in the context of the competitive 2010 election. Questions over the program have dogged Quinn’s current re-election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner.
Just who we'd want our endorsement to go to. Smooth move Southwood.
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