A majority of Florida’s law enforcement organization are making one thing clear — they don’t trust Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
The International Union of Police Associations, which historically does not endorse candidates in state races, threw its support behind Republican Ron DeSantis. In its endorsement letter, the organization said it was getting involved in the race “because of extreme positions embraced by Mayor Gillum.”
Law enforcement organizations are concerned with Gillum’s association with a group called “Dream Defenders.” Gillum signed the organization’s “Freedom Pledge,” which promises to “divest Florida from prisons and police” and says that police “have no place” in the justice system.
“This is the toxic narrative designed to separate the brave men and women in law enforcement from the communities they daily risk their lives to protect,” said Sam Cabral, President of the International Union of Police Associations, which represents more than 100,000 police officers across the country.
“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the International Union of Police Officers,” said DeSantis.“Floridians deserve a Governor who will stand up for our heroes who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. Throughout my career, whether in the military, as a prosecutor or in Congress, I have always supported the brave men and women of our law enforcement community and as Governor, I will continue to do so.”
A number of Florida Sheriff’s are also featured in a new TV ad expressing their concern about “Gillum’s ties to a radical anti-police group.”
Three sheriffs, who have previously endorsed former Congressman DeSantis, called Gillum a part of the “movement” that wants to put “an end to the current prison and policing system.”
The new commercial was released by the Republican Governor’s Association. The sheriffs urged voters to “learn about Andrew Gillum before it’s too late.”
In addition to Monday’s endorsement from the International Union of Police Associations, DeSantis has received support from Police Benevolent Association, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and over 50 sheriffs from across the state.