Claiming that “Ron DeSantis has our backs,” the Florida Police Benevolent Association has endorsed his campaign for Governor. The Florida PBA is the largest organization in the state representing rank and file police officers.
“From time to time, an individual emerges, whether a politician or a business person, that has a passion to help police,” said John Kazanjian, president of the Florida PBA. “As we’ve seen in the past few years, police have been scrutinized for doing their job and ‘kicked to the curb’ by special interest groups, media and politicians which have resulted in the rise of law enforcement officers being killed or assaulted in the line of duty. The men and women of law enforcement want to tell Floridians that Ron DeSantis has our backs. That’s why I’m proud to announce that we have his back.”
“I am honored today to receive the endorsement of the Florida Police Benevolent Association, an organization I have so much respect for,” said DeSantis. “The brave men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line for us every day. As a former prosecutor who has worked closely with law enforcement, I have seen first-hand the commitment and dedication they have to protecting our communities. Thanks to the hard work of our police and law enforcement, we are at a 47-year low in our crime rate, and we need to continue to build on that success. As Governor, I will always stand with our law enforcement community and work with them to keep Florida safe every single day.”
The PBA is one of the few public sector unions that typically endorses Republican candidates.