Not a shocker: Police department that “acted stupidly” endorses Brown

posted at 9:24 am on January 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In July, the very last time Barack Obama held a press conference, Obama took the time to offer his thoughts on the professionalism of the Cambridge Police Department in their arrest of his friend Henry “Skip” Gates.   After saying that Sergeant James Crowley “acted stupidly” despite not having “all the facts,” several of Crowley’s colleagues expressed their support of him by announcing that they wouldn’t vote for Obama in 2012.  Their union has found a way to make their displeasure known much earlier — by endorsing Scott Brown over Martha Coakley:

All Members,

Members of our Association have inquired and requested that we endorse Scott Brown in the upcoming election against Martha Coakley. Ms. Coakley along with some of her campaign workers have talked publicly about how her husband is a retired Cambridge Police Officer, giving appearances that she is being endorsed by the Cambridge Police. This may be an innocent insinuation but most do take this as our giving her our support and endorsement. Yesterday, the CPPOA Executive Board voted to endorse State Senator Scott Brown in the upcoming election for US Senate. In an 11 to 2 vote, the Executive Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of the endorsement. We do not endorse anyone who advocates changes in the health care that take away any bargaining rights or increases our cost along with our contributions. Senator Brown does not support the Comprehensive Healthcare Reform Bill and promises to be the 41st vote to ensure its defeat. The current leadership at the state house, as we all know and have seen over the past two years, have an agenda to dismantle all of our hard earned bargained benefits and they will continue to dismantle these until there is a complete change from the top down. Martha Coakley is part of this Massachusetts leadership and she will continue with this agenda, only now it will be at the capital level and we need to stop it. So today, we the members of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officers Association endorse Scott Brown for the senate seat vacated by Senator Kennedy.

Fraternally,

Stephen Killion
President Cambridge Police

There are a couple of points of embarrassment here.  First, Coakley’s husband, as Killion notes, was a former Cambridge police officer.  Not only didn’t that give Coakley an edge, the 11-2 vote shows that it didn’t make much difference at all.  Note too that the union opposes Coakley expressly on ObamaCare, but from the perspective of protecting their collective bargaining ability.  They’re accusing her of being more or less anti-union, an interesting charge coming from any union towards a Democrat.

The other embarrassment comes with having an AG get opposed by a police union, which we saw in Worcester as well.  We missed another instance of a police organization turning its back on the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the state earlier this week, too — when the State Police Association of Massachusetts endorsed Scott Brown:


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THE SCOTT HEARD \’ROUND THE WORLD!!!!!!!!

jeanneb on January 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM

jeanneb on January 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM

:) Good one!

jeanie on January 16, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Other than Ted the Toad’s widow and Jug Ears, has *anyone* endorsed Coakley? Every time I turn around, Brown’s snagging some new endorsement….

jana on January 16, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Is there going to be anyone paying anything at all out there?(except poor folk who don’t fall into any of these categories). Spread the wealth–yes, but who thought it would be spread the wealth among the wealthy. …

jeanie on January 16, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Who’s gonna get hurt the worst… The engineering, finance and sales staffs at large manufacturing companies which provide ‘Cadillac Plans’ to the unionized production workers… The people who design cars, airplanes, engines, electronics, etc. Once again the lowest of the lawyers are taxing ‘high skilled, high valued-added education’ professions…

In the end, who does Obamacare hit hardest: Doctors, engineers, physicists, chemists, etc. I.E. the people who actual studied in college, and create value. Basically its a tax on people who could make it through 2nd year multi-variant calculus…

phreshone on January 16, 2010 at 12:40 PM

OK, I just have to say it…….Scott Brown is a HOTTIE!

Winebabe on January 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM

OK, I just have to say it…….Scott Brown is a HOTTIE!

Winebabe on January 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Winebabe,

Was that a whine or a drool? ;-)

Yoop on January 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Basically its a tax on people who could make it through 2nd year multi-variant calculus…

phreshone on January 16, 2010 at 12:40 PM

The taxes that are hidden in ObamaCare will require diffy-Q just to figure out the applicable paragraphs. The variables are infinite in a 2200 page equation.

Yoop on January 16, 2010 at 1:07 PM

OK, I just have to say it…….Scott Brown is a HOTTIE!

Winebabe on January 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM

The guys at Hillbuzz have dubbed him Hottie McAwesome… And, boy oh boy, are they right on the money… Yowza!

jana on January 16, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Just watched the Virginia Gov. inauguration. It was a very moving and decent event.

It can’t escape a single thinking liberal (I know, I know…) that Mass. c/b next.

Catch it on the C-Span rerun. It was an event of historical eloquence.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2010 at 1:35 PM

They’re accusing her of being more or less anti-union, an interesting charge coming from any union towards a Democrat.

I wonder if they would feel that way after reading Drudge and finding out that the fix is in for unions to preserve their Cadillac healthcare at no cost.

unclesmrgol on January 16, 2010 at 1:54 PM

WOW! Purple Shirted SEIU Members Holding Signs at Standout

http://www.redmassgroup.com/diary/6658/wow-purple-shirted-seiu-members-holding-signs-at-standout

As someone pointed out to me, either there is a major palace revolt going on, or someone got creative with the old T-shirt press!!

Or, could it be this:

Union Brothers and Sisters: Your Leadership Doesn’t Get It – You Deserve Better

In the latest to come out of D.C.’s backroom health care deals, President Obama yesterday cut a doozy of a deal with labor union bosses. The fed’s health care plan must be so bad that even union bosses had to go to D.C. to say they wanted out. So… to keep their support for a flawed plan they got an exemption to provisions in the deal that others did not. Small business owners, our families running America’s mom & pops, did not get this deal. Ask yourself: why did union bosses get special treatment? And when did our country’s unions get on the wrong track with moves like this that hurt their good members and put them in such a bad light?

Good hard-working, pro-free-market, pro-America union members should join in opposition to their union bosses’ sweetheart deal. Coming from a union background and living in a world with many union memberships among my family and friends, I know that average members will be embarrassed by their bosses’ deal, which basically only delays the heavy tax on their health care plans until 2018 and in the meantime unfairly leaves many fellow Americans in a much less “enviable” position.

Union members don’t want to stick it to non-union colleagues in the private and public sector. Their union leadership is not helping them in the long run, they’re certainly not helping the rest of America, and unfortunately some union bosses are making all union members look bad, selfish, and anti-business with this Big Government backroom deal.

I know that ordinary union members don’t want to hurt their fellow Americans, just as ordinary Nebraskans didn’t want to stick it to the rest of the country with a sweetheart deal on Medicaid subsidies. I urge union members to make their voices heard. Please, call your leadership – don’t put up with these special-interest politics – tell them to fight for all Americans who want common sense health care reform, not this flawed boondoggle.

- Sarah Palin

BOOM! Taste my nightstick!

gary4205 on January 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

The union members need to think about this… what if they’re not ALWAYS part of a union? What if they lose their job? I think this will be the start of a serious anti-union backlash.

Oink on January 16, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Martha must have been doing a dynamite job as AG, for the cops to turn on her.

Why doesn’t she just bow out now.

GarandFan on January 16, 2010 at 6:31 PM

THE SCOTT HEARD \’ROUND THE WORLD!!!!!!!!

jeanneb on January 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM

——-
Good one!

centre on January 16, 2010 at 8:44 PM

What was that I just heard?
Americas Chickens..Coming home to roost.
Anyone else that these fools on the hill or their goofy cartoon character pundits want to call names?
Step right up to the mic lefties and take a swing.

mrcarter123 on January 17, 2010 at 6:17 AM

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