Groups split Georgia endorsements

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 5:43 PM
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ATLANTA -- The Police Benevolent Association announced today it is giving its endorsement to two Republicans and two Democrats this year.

Representatives of its 5,000 members interviewed the major-party candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and U.S. senator on Thursday and then voted on the endorsements. Candidates answered questions about fringe benefits for the families of officers killed on duty, whistleblower protections, layoff procedures and due-process rights for officers.

It gave its blessings to Democrats Roy Barnes for governor and Ken Hodges for attorney general, and Republican incumbents Johnny Isakson for senator and Casey Cagle for lieutenant governor.

Hodges held a press conference at the Capitol to trumpet his endorsement.

“My opponent talks about fighting corruption. Look at the men and women who know about fighting best. Look at who they are endorsing,” Hodges said.

Lewis Rusgrove, an officer with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, said Hodges got the nod primarily because he had been a district attorney for 12 years in Albany.

“Basically, what put him over the top is first-hand knowledge of the members who worked with him,” Rusgrove said.

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