Wasco Endorsed by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

From Press Release...

Carl Wasco, Democratic candidate for State Representative, 68th District recently announced the endorsement of Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

Ted Street, president of the Illinois FOP, was not present, though he sent the following comments: “Mr. Wasco’s dedication to law enforcement has been shown through his willingness to work with all parties to provide the resources and the tools police need to do their jobs safely and effectively. And that is exactly why we’re pleased to endorse his campaign.” 


Read the full press release below...


DATE: 10/11/12


CONTACT: Steve Spagnolo (cell: 708-601-1949)


Alderman Carl Wasco, candidate for State Representative of the 68th District, gathered with friends and supporters today at his campaign office to welcome the endorsement of the Police Benevolent and Protection Association of Rockford (PB&PA), as well as the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The 68th district seat is currently being held by Rockford Police Officer John Cabello who is a member of the PB&PA of Rockford.


“I am surprised, but honored and grateful, for the support of the PB&PA. I don’t think I have to state the obvious fact – but I will. This is the same organization that John Cabello is a part of and it says something about a person when he is part of a brotherhood like the PB&PA of Rockford and their own membership does not support him. I think this is an urgent and significant matter for the voters of this district to think about. If a fine organization like this does not trust and support John Cabello, who is one of their own, what does it say about that person? Why should the voters of this district trust John Cabello if his own brotherhood doesn’t have confidence in him?”

Terry Peterson, President of the PB&PA, stood by Alderman Wasco at the event and said, “We trust and have faith in Carl Wasco. He has shown us in the past that he is passionate about our interests and concerned for the safety of his community. He believes in us and even though we might disagree on some issues, we trust him to be honest and straightforward with our membership. We also know that overall, he will advocate for legislation that supports the law enforcement profession.” 

Ted Street, president of the Illinois FOP, was not present, though he sent the following comments: “Mr. Wasco’s dedication to law enforcement has been shown through his willingness to work with all parties to provide the resources and the tools police need to do their jobs safely and effectively. And that is exactly why we’re pleased to endorse his campaign.” 

Wasco is the democratic candidate for the state house seat, facing off against republican Cabello, who was appointed to the position after the retirement of former representative Dave Winters.

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