FOP Backs Kennedy For Mayor

Four years ago, Greg Ballard enjoyed the overwhelming support of the FOP over incumbent Mayor Bart Peterson. Tonight, the FOP voted overwhelmingly to support Ballard's Democratic opponent, Melina Kennedy. The vote was 125 for Kennedy versus only 36 votes for Ballard. That's a stunning reversal of fortune for the man who campaigned on public safety being job one. Unapologetic Ballard supporter Abdul Hakim Shabazz offers this explanation on Twitter for Kennedy's win tonight: "I am told Sheriff John Layton got 50 officers to pay FOP dues so they could vote for Melina Kennedy."

UPDATE: Mayor Ballard responded to the FOP endorsement of his opponent by saying it doesn't surprise him because he has brought about for "greater accountability":

"The news of the endorsement doesn’t surprise me. As Mayor, I have brought changes and greater accountability to IMPD through performance standards, merit-based promotional policies, and stronger behavioral policies. Constantly improving IMPD is the right thing to do and I am concerned that my opponent may undo important and necessary changes that we have made."
As if there hasn't been enough exploitation of the tragic killing of Officer David Moore, Ballard's campaign is featuring his father, also a police officer, in a new TV ad endorsing his re-election reminding people of his son's death. I swear, some people are totally shameless.