CLEVELAND— Yesterday, the Cleveland Police union endorsed Treasurer Josh Mandel in the 2018 U.S. Senate Race against Sherrod Brown. Mandel earned the endorsement for his strong pro-police stances ensuring that our police officers, who put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect the citizens, can do their jobs and enforce the rule of law.
Moving early to endorse Mandel in Brown’s home city, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis issued the following statement, “Sherrod Brown is stale. He has been in Washington for decades and has done nothing for police. Sherrod Brown’s 24 years in Washington have made him so radical he has left behind those who know him best. While Josh Mandel supports police and gives police the benefit of the doubt, Sherrod Brown has been advancing the false narrative that police are the bad guys. Josh Mandel recognizes that police are the good guys and that’s why the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association is proud to endorse him.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Cleveland Police union,” said Treasurer Mandel. “Police officers have a tough enough job as it is, and now it is time for the media and politicians to stop using police as punching bags. It’s time the men and women in blue get the respect that they deserve.”
For the past 40 years, Brown has claimed that he is doing what’s right by the members of labor unions, but now saying one thing and doing another is catching up with him. It is a stunning blow to Sherrod Brown that the police union representing the men and women who know him best and serve as patrol officers, detectives, and radio dispatchers in his home city of Cleveland have rebuked him and endorsed Josh Mandel for Senate.
Sherrod Brown has failed to stand up for cops everywhere by taking anti-police positions which endanger our officers and make it harder for them to do their job and protect the people. Sherrod Brown losing the endorsement of his hometown police union is another clear sign of his political vulnerabilities, as the Mandel campaign will continue to educate voters that Brown has spent 40 years in politics running for office with not much to show for it.
The 1,870-member Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association serves as the bargaining unit for all non-supervisory Patrol Officers, Detectives, and Radio Dispatchers of the Cleveland Police Department assuring representation for the safety of Cleveland’s Police force.