It isn't often the FOP agrees with the firefighters -- well, outside their support for Jack Wagner's doomed mayoral campaign -- but today they came together again with the announcement that the police union is backing Deb Gross in the special City Council election for Patrick Dowd's old seat.
The firefighters gave Gross their backing a few weeks ago.
"I am honored to have the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. I look forward to working with our Zone commanders, our Police force, and our City leaders to ensure that citizen-oriented policing policies are a priority moving forward, to deliver the public safety resources our neighborhoods need."
Full statement from her campaign after the jump:
Today, Deb Gross, the Democratic nominee for Pittsburgh's 7th Council District, received an endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
In a letter of endorsement to other FOP Members, Jim Malloy, Committee Chairman Trustee, said, "The committee asks that you get out and vote on Election Day, November 5th and support the candidates that have interviewed and found to be supportive of Police issues." Malloy went on to say, "I think Deb's going to do a great job."
Deb Gross said, "I am honored to have the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. I look forward to working with our Zone commanders, our Police force, and our City leaders to ensure that citizen-oriented policing policies are a priority moving forward, to deliver the public safety resources our neighborhoods need."
The Fraternal Order of Police join a coalition of local unions, progressive organizations, and leaders who have endorsed Deb Gross for City Council, including:
Bill Peduto, Democratic Nominee for Mayor; County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; County Treasurer John Weinstein; County Controller Chelsa Wagner; Sen. Wayne Fontana; Sen. Jay Costa; House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody; Rep. Dom Costa; Rep. Ed Gainey; Rep. Dan Frankel; Rep. Erin Molchany; Rep. Dan Miller; City Councilman Bruce Kraus; City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak; Dan Gilman, Democratic Nominee for City Council; Allegheny County Labor Council; The Fraternal Order of Paramedics, Firefighters Local 1; I.A.T.S.E. Local 3; the Allegheny County Democratic Committee; the Young Democrats of Allegheny County; and Progress Pittsburgh PAC; Equality PA; Planned Parenthood of Western PA; The Laborers' District Council of Western PA; Laborers' Local Union #1058; Laborers' Local Union #373; SEIU Local 668, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania; and 32BJ SEIU; Gertrude Stein Club of Greater Pittsburgh.