Two key state police unions, The State Police Association of Massachusetts and the Commissioned Officers Association of the Massachusetts State Police announced Monday that it was endorsing State Senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) for U.S. Senate.
The Commissioned Officers Association of the Massachusetts State Police represents state troopers at the rank of lieutenant and above.
"The terrorist threat in this country is real and Scott Brown will always come down on the side of protecting our nation," said Richard Brown, president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, in a statement released by the Brown campaign. "I’ve known him for years, he’s my state senator, and he’s someone we’ve always been able to trust on the issues that deal with keeping residents safe — especially during times of uncertainty in our country."
Brown, an officer in the National Guard, believes accused terrorists should be treated as enemy combatants, a stance he has taken both praise and heat for. Boston Globe political cartoonist Dan Wasserman drew a cartoon showing Brown supporting waterboarding, comparing himself to President John F. Kennedy because they both “like the water.”