EXCLUSIVE: Worcester Police Union to Endorse Scott Brown
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Patrolman Brian Halloran, who is president of the local 911, said the legislative committee is recommending that the union endorse Sen. Brown, as it did in the special election in 2010.
“The legislative committee is hoping to make its recommendation to the union at the next meeting,” Halloran said. “Ultimately, it’s the union’s decision.”
Halloran said the union’s legislative committee was formed several years ago, with the purpose of vetting all candidates and identifying those who are supportive of police issues and concerns, rather than simply endorsing candidates along party lines.
“We looked at Senator Brown’s record in the state legislature,” Halloran said. “And he was very good to police unions, and helped to get legislation passed on our behalf.
Halloran said that Brown has stayed true to his independent nature, rather than falling in line with the GOP machine.
"We trust his decision making," Halloran said. "We know that it's going to benefit Massachusetts and the rest of the country."
Paul Franco, Chair of the Worcester Republican City Committee said he was pleased to see the union leadership supporting of Brown.
"I want to commend the Union leadership and its members for taking a stand for a candidate on personal merit and not just party affiliation. It is not always easy to challenge conventional wisdom but when it comes to the federal government we need thoughtful, courageous and independent leadership and Scott Brown embodies all of these attributes," Franco said. "Regardless of the vote, Scott has taken the time to analyze the legislation, such as actually reading the bill before it is passed, explaining his position and staying true to his principles. Scott has, and will continue, to represent the best interests of this Commonwealth and the WRCC truly appreciates the Union endorsement. We also hope that all union members remain safe this Summer season and always as they risk their lives to protect all of us."
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