This week various police unions picketed the AFL conference in Plymouth, protesting Patrick’s appearance there. As a town meeting member and observer of municipal unions over the past few decades I’m not surprised by the bullying tactics of the cops. In my experience they are the most selfish and downright hysterical of the unions. When they demonstrate at our town meeting they bully and demand support from other unions, yet are rarely seen supporting others. Lets face it, the cops never were and never were gonna be with Patrick. Most of them were Scott Brown voters. In fact one of the only unions to endorse Brown was the New England Police Benevolent Association. Likewise, another police union leader, Dave Holway from NAGE, has been passing around “Dump Deval” bumper stickers in the state house for over two years.
Politically, by going after the Quinn Bill and flaggers, Patrick was alienating a group that was never with him.
Plymouth and Springfield? A decade or so ago, the Springfield cops (nage members?) shut down the state democratic convention supposedly to protest a contract dispute with their mayor.
With the Democratic convention coming up this year, and the cops having their knickers-in-a-twist, might we be heading for a similar confrontation?