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The North Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Tracy Steele for mayor of North Little Rock, to succeed retiring Pat Hays.

No surprise. Steele’s main opponent in a four-way race, Joe Smith, is Hays’ top administrator and Smith has been negotiator with city employees. Police figure an endorsement — and a Steele win — would pay dividends against the status quo of a city that has been strapped.

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I appreciate police and the tough jobs they do. But, as I’ve said before, Fraternal Order of Police chapters are notoriously tone deaf politically and the opposite of progressive, particularly given that they are labor unions. A FOP endorsement is usually a reason to look for a different candidate.

The FOP statement:

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