Consider this the least shocking political development of the week, outlined in a horribly timed press release (Friday afternoon is not exactly optimal for making an announcement about news you’d like to see covered), but Bill Foster has been endorsed by the union which represents most of the city’s police.
The PBA is pretty much the only constituency Foster has not seen move from his corner since first winning election in 2009. Foster has given in to almost any demand made of him by the police command. And he fired Goliath Davis, who the rank-and-file despised.
Anyway, here’s the text of the release:
Today in Straub Park the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association, Inc. & St. Petersburg Association of Firefighters, Local 747 stood together and announced their endorsement of St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster for re-election.
Speaking about Foster’s endorsement, Sun Coast PBA President Mark Marland said, “Over the last three years morale has increased to a level not seen in the last 20 years. This is in no small part to Mayor Foster’s consistent and steadfast support of the rank and file officers, crime scene technicians, latent print examiners, and civilian support staff. These members have become accustom to Mayor Foster knowing them by name and going out of his way at city functions to speak with them and thank them for their service.”
He continued, “The qualifications, experience and expertise of Mayor Foster are clear and the citizens of St. Petersburg are truly served by having a Mayor with such vision and integrity serving in government.”
Asked for his thoughts on the police and firefighter endorsements, Mayor Foster stated, “Knowing full well that public safety is a top issue of my fellow citizens, I am honored to have the support of our brave men and women who work hard every day to protect and keep us safe. As Mayor I have worked hard to reduce crime to its lowest level in many years, and I look forward to continuing my quest to make St. Petersburg the safest city in the state.”