The Fraternal Order of Police on Tuesday announced its endorsement of Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate.
Speaking about the endorsement, Scottie DeLashmit, Fraternal Order of Police State President, said, “Marsha Blackburn has consistently been a friend to law enforcement in Tennessee. Her commitment to providing the resources we need to maintain law and order in our communities is paramount to our ability to care for the safety and security of the residents of our state. The Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police is proud to endorse and support Marsha in her race for U.S. Senate.”
U.S. Representative Blackburn (R-TN-07) said, “The Fraternal Order of Police is a dedicated community of law enforcement officials committed to fostering a community of law and order. I am honored to receive the FOP’s endorsement in my race for United States Senate. As Tennessee’s next senator, I will always work to support the law enforcement community and ensure they have the resources they need to protect us.”
Blackburn is running against Democratic former Governor Phil Bredesen for the seat of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who is retiring. Blackburn leads Bredesen in the race by eight points, 50 percent to 42 percent, in a new CBS News Battleground Tracker poll, The Tennessee Star reported this week.
Blackburn in recent months has been endorsed by Republican former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn, President Donald Trump and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), among others.
The FOP must not have listened to pop superstar Taylor Swift. President Trump supported Blackburn Monday after Swift “smeared” her, he said, and he criticized the singer, The Star reported this week.
In April, the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police dealt a blow to the campaign of Acting Mayor David Briley, the front runner in the May 24 special mayoral election in Nashville, when they decided not to endorse him.
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