Orlando, Fla. – The Ron DeSantis for Governor Campaign today announced the endorsement of the International Union of Police Associations. The endorsement builds on the significant support DeSantis has garnered from the law enforcement community, including endorsements from the Police Benevolent Association, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and over 50 sheriffs from across the state. The International Union of Police Officers does not usually endorse candidates for state office, but because of Andrew Gillum’s extreme anti-police positions, they decided they could not remain neutral.
“Many politicians and candidates like to don the mantel of public safety, but few are willing to stand by the men and women who proudly wear the badge,” said Sam A. Cabral, International President of the International Union of Police Associations. “Mr. Desantis was a Navy Prosecutor and a Congressman. In both roles, he has always been a strong advocate for the public’s safety and for the men and women who provide for it. We are profoundly proud to stand with him. We look forward to seeing him successful in this campaign and to bring his proven leadership, good judgement and ethical values to the Governor’s Office.”
“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.”
The International Union of Police Officers does not usually endorse candidates for state office. In their endorsement of Ron DeSantis, they state that “because of the extreme positions embraced by Mayor Gillum; we felt we could not remain neutral. Mayor Gillum has proudly aligned himself with the Dream Defenders and has even signed their pledge. He has promised to ‘divest from prisons, detention centers and police’, which we view as a personal guarantee to make Florida and those blessed to live here, less safe.”
To view the full endorsement letter, click HERE.
To see the full list of endorsements for Ron DeSantis for Governor, click HERE.
To read more about the International Union of Police Officers, click HERE.