Sanctuary City. Police Officer Shortage. A Police Chief from outside of HPD.
Leaders of the Houston Police Officers’ Union said those were the main issues that cost former Houston Mayor Bill White the organization’s endorsement.
As he accepted the groups’ endorsement, Perry was surrounded by several HPD officers , including Joslyn Johnson. Her husband, Officer Rodney Johnson, was killed by an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop.
Governor Perry vowed to ask the legislature in January to take “emergency action to abolish sanctuary cities.”
Losing the endorsement of the 5-thousand member organization is a blow to White’s campaign.
He was also snubbed by the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.
All candidates want to appear strong on public safety issues.
Some voters around the state will also wonder why Houston’s former Mayor isn’t being endorsed by police officers and firefighters who served under him.