Cops unions are asking for police union endorsements in the upcoming municipal election

Democrats clamor for police union endorsements despite previous critical statements on cops. In a move that could have major implications for their own electoral futures, thousands of public sector employees are asking for the…

Cops unions are asking for police union endorsements in the upcoming municipal election

Democrats clamor for police union endorsements despite previous critical statements on cops.

In a move that could have major implications for their own electoral futures, thousands of public sector employees are asking for the endorsement of police unions in the upcoming municipal election.

The push comes as police unions have repeatedly slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio for allegedly ignoring complaints about New York City’s troubled Police Department. And with police unions weighing in as de Blasio’s opponents prepare to make their biggest attacks against him yet, questions about their endorsements are looming.

The push for police union endorsements also comes one week after City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced she would not seek re-election in November, amid reports that she had been critical of the police department’s management of several high-profile cases.

And just days before the Sept. 13 primary, a union called the Police Benevolent Association announced its own endorsement of de Blasio. The same union had just a few months ago declared its candidate and endorsed incumbent City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who has been a long-time critic of the NYPD.

“When you have a public safety union that supports the mayor over the incumbent and they did it with a vote, then you know that maybe it’s time to be a little bit more critical in what you’re seeing,” said New York Post editorial writer Michael Daly, who has written about the issue since December.

Cops unions, for the most part, have stayed relatively quiet on the issue.

Most have taken issue with de Blasio’s handling of the NYPD, according to interviews with dozens of union representatives and members. But they’ve done little more than express their disappointment with his performance.

But with de Blasio’s opponent, Mark-Viverito, mounting attack ads on the police department, cops have to ask themselves if they will endorse her.

“When you have a union endorsing someone and the leader and the president of that union made it known that

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