STL Today: Robin Carnahan touts support of police, firefighters

JEFFERSON CITY — With a backdrop of police officers and firefighters behind her, Democrat Robin Carnahan today touted her endoresement by two “first responder” organizations: the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters.

Carnahan, Missouri’s secretary of state, is battling with Republican congressman Roy Blunt to be the next U.S. senator from Missouri. Both campaigns have hit a stage where, for the most part, their television ads are doing the talking, but both Blunt and Carnahan have also been busy announcing the support of various special interest groups.

“She will fight to protect us from layoffs and furloughs,” said Kevin Ahlbrand, president of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, at a news conference at the FOP headquarters in the capital city.

Carnahan said she would fight for increased federal resources for police and firefighters, and also for a nationwide “interoperability” communications system that allows first responders to communicate with each other. Missouri has been trying to put such a system in place for the past few years but has struggled with the funding.

(Ironically, the interoperability system was touted by Blunt’s son, former Gov. Matt Blunt, and the company that won the contract was, at one time, represented by Blunt’s other son, lobbyist Andy Blunt.)

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