Governor talks up Bush to FOP

Friday, September 8th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Governor Keating told National Fraternal Order of Police members today in Oklahoma City that the would rue the day if they endorsed Democrat Al Gore for president.

Keating spoke to the group's national board before a vote on an endorsement. He told them that law enforcement issues demand a conservative like Republican Governor George W-Bush.

Bush says he won the endorsement, but the F-O-P board hasn't officially announced its decision. That could come later this afternoon.

A delegate from New Jersey, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says the vote was lopsided in Bush's favor.

An endorsement requires two-thirds majority among the 42-member board. The governor's office thinks it had some impact.

F-O-P national treasurer says the vote wasn't divisive. He says all the discussion had been done already and everyone knew who they were going to vote for.