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Mayoral Candidates Got More Endorsements

August 18th, 2010 by jake · 8 Comments

Earlier today, Greg Fischer announced that he is once again endorsed by the firefighters. Hal Heiner wasn’t invited for an interview this go round, despite contributing $1,000 to Heiner in the primary against Chris Thieneman.

And Hal Heiner just held a presser to announce his endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police – arguably much more influential than the firefighters.

From the release:

Last night River City Lodge 614, Kentucky’s largest Fraternal Order of Police, voted to endorse Hal Heiner in the Louisville race for Mayor. The River City FOP represents over 2,000 active and retired officers from the Louisville metro area, and its backing of Heiner demonstrates yet another example of his commitment to listening to and working with the men and women who bravely serve their community day in and day out.

“I am extremely grateful for the sacrifices these officers make as they operate on the front lines and put their lives in danger to keep us safe,” said Hal Heiner. “I look forward to working with Metro Police to ensure that they have all the resources and tools they need to fight the serious crime problems that face our neighborhoods. The FOP recognizes that we need a change in the way things are done at City Hall. The way we have looked at crime prevention and control in this city has not been effective in reducing crime rates, and the FOP has acknowledged that we can’t have more of the same and expect to lower the crime rate in Louisville.”

FOP President Sgt. Dave Mutchler issued the following statement in support of Heiner:

“Councilman Heiner is a veteran public servant with the experience and qualifications necessary to effectively lead and manage our city. Hal understands the potential that exists in our great city and has a clear vision to move us forward. He is willing to engage all areas of our community and has consistently demonstrated that he values the needs and concerns of the fine men and women that serve and protect our citizenry.”

Kind of a big deal for Heiner, I’d say. And I”m one of those libruls.

Tags: Greg Fischer · Mayor's Race 2010 · Police · Republican Party

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 2006? // Aug 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Didn’t this same union endorse Kelly Downard in 2006 and didn’t he get 31 percent of the vote?

  • 2 jake // Aug 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Kelly sat on his hands when he wasn’t twiddling his thumbs and only pandered to Republicans.

    Heiner’s the exact opposite.

  • 3 Steve Magruder // Aug 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    As I recall, the firefighters didn’t quite get along with Abramson. And now they’re endorsing Son of Abramson?

  • 4 jake // Aug 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Larry Clark made that happen for Greg.

  • 5 dino // Aug 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Agree Steve, that endorsement makes zero sense

  • 6 jake // Aug 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Of course it does.

    Larry Clark makes the demand and scares you into thinking you’ll miss out on sweet legislative cash, you deliver for him.

  • 7 The Highlander // Aug 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Larry (has been) Clark needs to go, too. This egomaniac has totally lost his perspective (assuming he had any in the first place). This guy has no education, no skill, no talent and little common sense. What he has is a b.s. meter and an imagined political clout. He needs to go.

  • 8 Elvis Presley // Aug 19, 2010 at 3:03 am

    I agree with the Highlander every time he/she writes but this time I absolutely agree. Clark has to go if this city is going to move forward. We never get our fair share in Frankfort and he’s the reason. He has no idea how to build consensus with his Jefferson County colleagues, much less those from out in the state.