It seems the news has been all about endorsements lately. Some are predictable, some not. Those organizations not deemed partisan carry a particular weight, which is where the Fraternal Order of Police fit. Most voters have a positive perception of police and want to support them so that they can do their jobs as well (and safely) as possible. Wasn't this the excuse Mark Warner logged on to (and still does) in pushing for (and later justifying) his record tax increase? We have to fund the police, after all. So here's a look, from 1985 on, at the FOP's endorsements for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General, compiled and sent to me by friend and political consultant Peter Foster. Remeber, this is the endorsement Democrat for Governor Creigh Deeds wanted most:
1985: Baliles/Wilder/Terry (3 Democrats)
1989: Coleman/Dalton/Terry (2 Republicans and 1 Democrat)
1993: Allen/Beyer/Gilmore (2 Republicans and 1 Democrat)
1997: Beyer/Payne/Earley (2 Democrats and 1 Republican)
2001: Warner/Kaine/Kilgore (2 Democrats and 1 Republican)
2005: Kilgore/Bolling/McDonnell (3 Republicans)
According to Foster:
"That makes a total, in all 18 races, of 9 Republicans and 9 Democrats. Of the 18 candidates, 13 won and five lost. Six of the nine Republicans they endorsed won, and seven of the nine Democrats they endorsed won."
Interesting percentages. It's a shame the Mainstream Media let this important endorsement news get lost in the Doug Wilder sweepstakes . . . and they say there's no room for bloggers in covering politics!