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Wake Law Enforcement Group Crying Foul Over Sheriff's Endorsement

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RALEIGH, N.C. — An endorsement from a professional organization can give a candidate a real boost at the polls, but there is infighting over an endorsement in one such organization.

The Fraternal Order of Police of Wake County is endorsing Democratic Sheriff John Baker over his Republican challenger Donnie Harrison, but some members say Mark Tucker, the group's president, allowed the endorsement to be done without the consensus of the group.

"It's not fair to the lodge, the way the endorsement has been done and it's not fair to the citizens of Wake County," said Shelley Murray, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police of Wake County.

Tucker, who is a Wake County sheriff's deputy, claims the endorsement was handled the same way it has been for the last four elections. He claims the disgruntled members are using the issue to attack him personally.

The state Fraternal Order of Police is investigating the way the endorsement was handled and will attend the Wake County group's meeting Tuesday night.

"We're going to ask for his resignation and we're going to ask that the endorsement be uncalled for and be blocked," said Bob Hallisey, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police of Wake County.

The North Carolina State Law Enforcement Officer's Association has endorsed Baker while the Police Benevolent Association supports Harrison.


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