The Obama campaign on Wednesday afternoon announced that it had received the endorsement of the advocacy group National Association of Police Organizations.
“NAPO is proud to endorse the Obama-Biden ticket today,” NAPO President Thomas J. Nee said in a statement forwarded by the campaign.
“This Administration’s unwavering support for law enforcement has meant that men and women in uniform across the country have the resources they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently, protecting the communities and citizens they serve. There are simply no better friends of law enforcement – and no stronger choice to lead this nation for another term – than President Obama and Vice President Biden.”
The endorsement comes two days after Vice President Joe Biden addressed the organization's 34th annual convention. It proves the theory that the groups that are traditionally under the Democratic umbrella will be with Obama in 2012, even if some of their primary issues have been put on the backburner.
Limiting the availability of assault weapons is a traditional prerogative for police officers and their unions. And while the administration has reiterated its commitment to renewing the assault weapons ban, it has also signaled that it isn't going to put much effort into championing new gun control legislation, even in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Aurora, Colo.
Obama does have a proactive case to make to the group, of course. Whereas Romney has publicly stated he doesn't feel compelled to spend more federal funds on first responders, firefighters and cops, the president has made the retention of their jobs a top priority.