Police officers have had a difficult few years. Woke politicians have disparaged and sought to defund police departments. Attacks on police officers have skyrocketed.
GOUSA supports the police, fire and first responders. Most Americans agree. On November 2, with few exceptions, voters elected pro-police mayors and supported pro-police ballot referenda. Here’s a quick roundup:
Minneapolis voters rejected a plan to abolish the police department 56 to 44.
New York City elected Eric Adams as mayor. Adams is a former police captain and opponent of defunding the police. While his win was expected (New York is heavily Democratic), Adams used his victory speech to eviscerate the policies of Bill DeBlasio, his left-wing, defund the police predecessor.
Seattle likely elected a pro-police mayor as Bruce Harrell was ahead by 30 percentage points early this morning. His opponent wanted to slash the police department budget by 50 percent.
Another Seattle surprise. Republican Ann Davison leads police abolitionist Nicole Thomas-Kennedy in Seattle city attorney race (that’s the headline). This is a stunning rebuke to the defund the police crowd in one of the most left wing cities in the U.S.
The sole exception among major city races is Boston where Michelle Wu, a defund the police advocate, won by 30 points. You have to wonder what’s up with Boston voters.
Support for the police is one component of the National Opportunity section of the GOUSA rating system. To see more about our rating system, go here.