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ICYMI: "Union support for Portman ignites Dems fears in Ohio"

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Yesterday, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced that the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio, the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members, endorsed Rob Portman's re-election to the U.S. Senate. For those keeping track, this is the third union to endorse Rob. In fact, Rob received two union endorsements in just two days. On Monday, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters - representing over 50,000 members from across Ohio - endorsed Rob.

As you will see below, the state of Retread Ted's campaign is in shambles as this latest endorsement has "fueled a growing concern" among both Ohio and national Democrats who have been "knocked back on their heels." Don't just take our word for it – here is what they are saying:

Cincinnati Enquirer: Union support for Portman ignites Dems fears in Ohio...There is a growing level of frustration that if the campaign doesn’t turn things around, they’re not going to be successful.

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Cleveland.com
: Portman received his second union endorsement in as many days from the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio…Portman received the support of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters on Monday. And in June, another union, the United Mine Workers of America endorsed the senator.

Real Clear Politics: The two endorsements came a day after the Ohio Teamsters, a key labor union, backed Portman despite having supported Strickland for governor in 2006 and 2010.

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Columbus Dispatch: And while we’re at it: The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, the state's largest law enforcement union, has endorsed Rob Portman in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Youngstown Vindicator: The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, the state’s largest police organization representing 25,000 active and retired law-enforcement officers, today endorsed Rob Portman for the U.S. Senate.

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Washington Examiner: Overall, this makes three big endorsements for the incumbent Republican from union groups, which generally do not offer many endorsements to Republicans.

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Politico: The 25,000-member Fraternal Order of Police became the third Ohio union to endorse Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio over opponent Ted Strickland on Tuesday

The Hill: Portman secures another union endorsement over Democratic challenger in Ohio

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WKSU: There have been some surprising endorsements in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race during the past couple of days.

Washington Free Beacon: The unions have instead endorsed Portman as a champion of working families, which spells trouble for Strickland with police officers, coal miners, and other state workers with whom he was once popular.

Politico Morning Shift: Democratic Ohio Senate challenger Ted Strickland is trying not to get too stressed about the Ohio Teamsters endorsing Republican incumbent Rob Portman in the closely watched Senate race.

Background:
The Ohio FOP endorsed Ted Strickland in 2006 and 2010 while running for Governor.

Just yesterday, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters endorsed Rob, and earlier this year, Rob received the endorsement from the United Mine Workers of America. Both organizations previously supported Strickland.

Rob Portman Protecting Officers and their Families:
Rob stands with Law Enforcement Officers and is proud to back the blue. Rob understands that our police officers risk their lives everyday to protect us and deserve our unending gratitude and support.

Rob is an Original Co-Sponsor of National Blue Alert Act of 2015: Rob Portman was an original co-sponsor of the National Blue Alert Act of 2015, which became law in May 2015. This law will help alert the public when a police officer is injured or killed in the line of duty to help apprehend the suspect and bring him or her to justice.

Rob is the Author of the Second Chance Act: Rob was the original author of the Second Chance Act, a bill that became law in 2008, which provides $330 million in federal funding to provide jobs, mental health, and substance abuse assistance to people transitioning from prison and jail back into their community to reduce recidivism. Rob has teamed up with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to introduce legislation to reauthorize, update, and improve the Second Chance Act.

Rob Introduced the Fairness for Fallen Officers Act: Rob was the lead Republican sponsor on a bill that made sure families of officers killed and severely injured because of heat-stroke or hypothermia quickly receive their benefits.

Rob Opposed the Nomination of Debo Adegbile: Rob joined the FOP in opposing the failed nomination of Debo Adegbile to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Rob is a Leader in the Fight to Combat the Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic: For more than 20 years Rob has been fighting to combat the illegal use of drugs that is a root cause of many crimes in Ohio. More than 20 years ago, Rob founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. He chaired the coalition for nine years, served on the board, and was even a member of the board when he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Rob is a former member of the board of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), which is the national membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

Rob authored the Drug Free Communities Act, which became law on June 27, 1997. The legislation provided and continues to provide over a billion dollars in grants to local agencies and non-profits to help prevent drug addiction.

Rob authored the Drug Demand Reduction Act, which passed the House on September 16, 1998. The legislation provided funding for programs to facilitate a significant reduction in the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse through reducing the demand for illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of legal drugs.

Rob co-authored the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which tackles the prescription drug and heroin epidemic head on by expanding education and prevention efforts, helping law enforcement reverse overdoses to save lives, and expanding treatment and recovery programs. Rob began this legislative effort in 2014 and President Obama signed this historic legislation into law last week.

  • The Ohio FOP praised Rob’s CARA saying,The legislation provides treatment for those caught in the clutches of addiction or who also suffer from mental illness and also provides law enforcement with necessary tools to prevent heroin and opioid deaths by assisting agencies in acquiring and deploying naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an overdose.”

Rob’s Interstate Drug Monitoring Efficiency and Data Sharing Act of 2012 was signed into law. The bill creates an efficient, cost-effective system for states to share information from prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) across state lines. This information sharing makes it easier for law enforcement to track prescription drug abuse. Rob’s legislation resulted in a national standard for PDMPs to facilitate the exchange of information among doctors, pharmacists and in some instances, authorized law enforcement.

Rob’s Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 was also signed into law. The bill adds drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts to the Controlled Substance Act. The law is considered an important step in making the drugs illegal and has already allowed law enforcement to crack down on individuals who produce and distribute them.

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