By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog
Support for America’s local police used to be fairly universal or at least never a partisan issue.
Over the last year, however, Democrats have shown their true colors by siding against law enforcement at every turn. Whether it is supporting indictments for officers doing their job, or outright calling for violence against law enforcement officials, Democrats have been fairly vocal in their refrain: cops are the real criminals.
That’s what makes the betrayal of Mike Saudino all the more interesting.
Saudino, who claims to be all about law enforcement above politics, is joining the party which despises everything about law enforcement. Think about this: in November, Saudino will run on a ticket headlined by either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. He will run on a ticket of the party that courts the support of “Black Lives Matter” – a movement which celebrates convicted murderers – and the George Soros-backed Occupy Wall Street.
There has perhaps never been a worse time to be a law enforcement official and a Democrat. Does Saudino now support more restrictions on doing his own job? Does he support increased gun control and removed the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens?
One can’t help but marvel at his logic – or lack thereof – as Saudino cites the need to put good law enforcement over politics while siding with those who side with cop killers’ apologists. I can understand Saudino’s self-preservation instinct given the disarray within the Bergen GOP’s rank’s, but the larger message he is sending is one which frankly scares the hell out of me. That somehow Democrats are the party which supports law enforcement, or that campaigning for Bernie Sanders is something all those who support good police work should be doing?
Give me a break, Mr. Sheriff.
Do what you want with your career but don’t insult our intelligence.
Saudino turned his back on the many people who worked for him. He turned his back on the voters who gave him confidence that his word when his bond. He turned his back and made a switch to a join a party which thinks that Mumia al-Jamal should be freed from prison, and that Joanne Chesimard is a folk hero, all because he thought it was the best way to get reelected. So that’s exactly what the GOP slate – and whoever is on it – needs to talk about between now and November.