The Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Democrat Jack Conway in the U.S. Senate race, saying Republican Rand Paul "did not submit responses to their questionnaire, did not attend the FOP candidate forum, and essentially did not respond at all," according to a news release from the Conway campaign.
"We're disappointed that Rand Paul didn't have the courtesy to respond to our law enforcement family," said Michael "Spike" Jones, President of the Kentucky State FOP in a statement, "Local sheriffs are already stretched thin fighting the growing drug epidemic. From Rand Paul's weak approach to fighting drug abuse, it's clear Rand Paul doesn't understand crime, doesn't understand law enforcement and doesn't understand Kentucky."
Paul has consistently said for months, including during the Republican primary, that he favors a more local approach to drug interdiction, rather than federally directed and funded. The Paul campaign, however, has said that Paul's comments were "misconstrued" when he was quoted as saying that Appalachia did not consider illegal drug enforcement a "real pressing issue" in the Senate campaign.
"I'm humbled to have the support of a group that has fought for Kentucky's law enforcement for nearly 70 years," Conway said in a statement, "Day in and day out, these brave men and women are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe. Rand Paul has shown that he will handcuff local law enforcement-not criminals-in the fight against drugs. Rand is wrong. In Washington, I'll fight to make sure Kentucky's law enforcement has the tools it needs to do its job, and do it safely."