Today, Democratic Congressional Nominee Brad Schneider (IL-10) received the endorsement of the Illinois Police Benevolent & Protection Association (PBPA); marking the first time the PBPA has endorsed a Congressional candidate in this district.
The PBPA joins a growing list of high-profile endorsements backing Schneider, including a number of organizations that endorsed Schneider after endorsing Republican Mark Kirk in the past; the list includes the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, the Sierra Club, the Human Rights Campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the League of Conservation Voters.
"The Illinois Police Benevolent & Protective Association proudly stands with Brad Schneider in his run for Congress," said PBPA Executive Director Sean Smoot. "Our nation's police officers and law enforcement answer the call every day, putting their lives on the line for the general welfare, and Brad is exactly the type of representative we look forward to working with in Congress. We are confident that he will protect the interests of first responders and their families everywhere."
"In our moments of greatest need, we look to our dedicated police and law enforcement officers for help, and it is truly an honor to have their support in this election," said Schneider. "My opponent and his Tea Party allies have failed to do enough to help working families, like those represented by the Illinois Police Benevolent & Protective Association. In Congress, I will work to ensure our nation's law enforcement receives the resources they need on the job and the benefits they deserve when they retire, and I am incredibly humbled to have the PBPA's backing."
A member of the National Association of Police Organizations, the Illinois Police Benevolent & Protective Association is one of the largest police officers associations, with more than 10,000 members and 189 local units across the state.