Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has decided not to seek the endorsement of the National Fraternal Order of Police.
The leader of the National Fraternal Order of Police told The Hill that the Hillary Clinton sent a signal through her staff that she wouldn’t be seeking the union’s endorsement.
“It sends a powerful message. I was disappointed and shocked,” said Chuck Canterbury, the president of the National Fraternal Order of Police.
Why would Canterbury be shocked? At the Democratic national Convention here in Philly, Clinton issued an order stating no uniformed police officers would be allowed on the convention floor.
The union will not be meeting with Clinton because her campaign decided not to fill out a questionnaire that is required for seeking the police union’s endorsement.
The Fraternal Order of Police has a strict process for making a presidential endorsement. It first sends each candidate a lengthy questionnaire; after the candidates complete and return their questionnaires, the union distributes the answers to its membership. Finally, in September, the state chapters vote, and if a candidate receives majority support in two-thirds of the states, he or she wins the union’s endorsement.
Canterbury says that to his knowledge the questionnaire snub has only happened once before — in 2004 with John Kerry.
Wow, color me surprised. Personally, I don’t understand why the FOP would ever consider throwing an endorsement toward someone who obviously despises police officers.