Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen has received the endorsement of the Virginia State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The announcement was made at the Virginia FOP State Convention today held at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks in Fairfax.
Established in 1953, the group represents nearly 8,000 law enforcement officers including local police officers, deputy sheriffs, state police and federal law enforcement.
“It is with tremendous gratitude I accept the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police endorsement in this pivotal U.S. Senate race,” Allen said in a statement. “This endorsement and this race come down to very different records of results for Virginia families.”
Allen faces fellow former governor Timothy M. Kaine in the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.
In accepting the endorsement, Allen touted working with a Democrat-controlled legislature as governor to abolish parole, establish “truth in sentencing” and accomplish juvenile justice reform.
“By working together across the aisle, we demonstrated the bipartisan leadership required to accomplish historic reforms for Virginia and make our communities safer places to live, work, invest, shop, and raise our families,” Allen said.