LAPPL Endorses Meg Whitman for Governor

For Immediate Release

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LAPPL Endorses Meg Whitman for Governor

Los Angeles, September 16, 2010 – Today the Los Angeles Police Protective League endorsed Meg Whitman for California governor in the general election.

“After careful consideration and deliberation, the LAPPL Board of Directors is convinced Meg Whitman deserves the support of yet another major law enforcement group for the November 2 gubernatorial election,” said LAPPL President Paul M. Weber. “Her commitment to fully fund public safety and lifelong staunch support of the death penalty are significant factors in making her the clear choice.”

Weber noted that the endorsement of Whitman, a Republican, might surprise those who assume labor organizations tend to automatically choose Democratic candidates over their Republican rivals.

“California’s financial crisis needs leadership now,” said Weber. “Whitman understands that jobs, the economy and budgets dominate and are the clear issues affecting the future of the entire state. We have serious concerns about Attorney General Jerry Brown’s budgetary management skills and believe Whitman is better suited for the economic challenges facing California now. We cannot allow Sacramento’s failed policies to continue affecting our counties, cities and local control.”

“We were fortunate to have both candidates participate in a thorough, non-partisan interview process,” Weber continued. “Their visions for the state and their ideas for dealing with the current budget crisis were key influences to our decision. In the end, it came down to the fact that Whitman is prepared with an economic plan, and while we appreciate Brown’s 40 years of service, we’re gravely concerned over his lack of a comprehensive one.

“If the state does not repair the suffering economy, there will be little chance to recruit or retain businesses, which is necessary to fund the infrastructure and a first-class public safety system – from police officers, to deputies, investigators, special agents, correctional officers and all other law enforcement assignments,” said Weber.

“We know we have made the right choice in giving our support to Meg Whitman. Her message is one of hope and prosperity returning to California. She does not need this job or title, but we believe her when she says she desires to embark on her greatest turnaround yet – to save and right-side one of the world’s greatest economies and return it to the superpower status it once was.”

“This is not about partisan-politics but about selecting the most qualified candidate,” Weber concluded. “We make this endorsement with full confidence and ask all California residents, particularly those in the great city and county of Los Angeles, to appreciate why Meg Whitman is our choice to be the next governor of California.”

The LAPPL recently endorsed Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, also a Republican, for State Attorney General.

About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com.