Police union endorses Marco Rubio over Val Demings
Marco Rubio stands with leaders of Florida Police Benevolent Association.

Rubio PBA
'I know you have our back, and we got yours.'

Despite facing a challenge from a one-time police chief, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio keeps lining up support from cops.

On Sunday, the Florida Police Benevolent Association became the latest law enforcement group to endorse the incumbent.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that 30,000 strong endorse Sen. Marco Rubio,” John Kazanjian, Florida PBA president, said. “I know you have our back, and we got yours.”

In November, Rubio likely will face U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat and former police chief.

But he has continued to run on a law-and-order message — and been rewarded.

“I don’t know of any other time when it’s been so important to support law enforcement across this country than it is right now,” Rubio said. “I think back to that summer of 2020, when it was in vogue among some to go out and criticize and attack law enforcement. I’m deeply honored by this endorsement.”

The support follows 55 of Florida’s 67 county sheriffs backing Rubio at the Florida Sheriffs Conference in January. The Florida Police Chiefs Association also endorsed the incumbent.

The organizations have not openly criticized Demings but enthusiastically touted Rubio as a choice.

“He’s been a true champion for law enforcement from the day he was [elected] in West Miami to where he’s at today,” said Steadman Stahl, South Florida PBA President. “It’s leaders like him that are going to make this a better country. This is a no-brainer.”

Rubio said he’s honored to have the support of those on the front lines of keeping the public safe.

“If something terrible happens tonight, you’re gonna dial those three numbers … and someone with a uniform on is going to show up, and they’re going to be willing to put their lives on the line to save yours or someone you love,” Rubio said. “This is a very difficult job. We need to honor and respect the people who do it.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • tom palmer

    May 22, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    No surprise. They’re Republicans.

    • Ain't surprised

      May 22, 2022 at 6:59 pm

      So you’ve no objection if I note the adjacent article about the Democratic Black Caucus endorsing Demings and point out that it’s “no surprise. They’re Democrats.” (See, you thought I was going to say “Black” didn’t you?)

  • Ocean Joe

    May 22, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Last time he told us he hated being in the senate, and then when he realized Trump was going to get the 2016 nomination, he bailed out of the presidential primary, using the Pulse nightclub shootings as an excuse. “Florida needs me now.” So what did he do about mass shootings? Nada. Availability of assault rifles? Zip. Support for the victims targeted for being different? Nothing.
    But if you need somebody to scold Latin dictators, Marco is the man.

  • Tom

    May 22, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Marco is one of the few senators, along Tom Cotton, and Ted Cruz to speak up and out on China’s human rights abuse and the need to bring back supply chain.

    Rubio also helped all families with children when Covid hit and we had shutdown with with govt. assistance. He sponsored Covid related family financial assistance. . He also passed tax benefits for families in the tax code rewrite.

    So Rubio gets the police union endorsement, and Dum, Dum Demings talks so tough as a ex cop! LMAO.

    The cheap shots from Palmer and Ocean are so petty. Marco gets last laugh in November.

    • Republican

      May 23, 2022 at 3:30 am

      Did you forget that he lied when he supported the killing of officers in D.C. on Jan 6th?

      • Tom

        May 23, 2022 at 8:43 am

        You lie and provide misinformation.
        Protestor was killed.
        No police officer was killed by protestors.

        Stop trolling with lies and deceit, fake moniker. Rubio has not supported any of that.

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