FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of police, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters have endorsed veteran prosecutor Krishna Abrams in the upcoming district attorney contest.
The announcement Friday afternoon on the steps of the courthouse included a rebuke to District Attorney Donald A. du Bain from the 120 members of the Solano County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. The group jumped ship from du Bain and threw its support to Abrams.
As recently as February, the association had contributed money to du Bain’s campaign and their name was near the top of a list of endorsers du Bain included in his first campaign mailer.
Adding to the affront, the Vacaville Police Officers Association withdrew its previous endorsement for du Bain. The association was also prominently positioned in du Bain’s campaign flier. The Vacaville Police Officers Association has opted to stay on the fence for the June 3 election, a move shared by the Vallejo Police Officers Association.
The withdrawal of law enforcement support and the support going to Abrams leaves du Bain with no law enforcement support in his election bid.
Several members of the Fairfield Police Officers Association joined together briefly with Abrams at the rally, adding their 95 members to the list of her new endorsers. Firefighters Local 1186, which represents firefighters of Fairfield, Cordelia, Vallejo, Benicia and Rio Vista, also added their support to Abrams’ campaign, which is less than a month old. The Dixon Firefighters Association also joined in with its endorsement of Abrams.
“This is the first time in local politics that the various law enforcement associations have come together to support one candidate,” said Solano Deputy Sheriffs’ Association president Ken Kramer. “In the past we might have all agreed on the same candidate but this show of unity is unprecedented.”
Abrams called the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association switch of support from du Bain to her campaign “courageous” and she thanked the crowd of other supporters from associations from around the county for their endorsements.
“I promise to make ethics and integrity my number one priority,” Abrams said.
After the announcements, du Bain commented on the turn of events.
“I will continue to work closely with law enforcement,” du Bain said. “My number one priority is continuing to take criminals off our streets so that the residents of our community can feel safe in their homes and in their neighborhoods.”
Friday’s campaign event included endorsements for Abrams from the following law enforcement and firefighting organizations:
In politics, endorsements are one thing and money is another.
In the first week of Abrams’ campaign, she raised more than $4,000, a healthy sum for the start of a local campaign. In contrast, du Bain raised nearly $7,000 since January, according to election records for the most recent filing period.
However, du Bain started this past week by giving his campaign $30,000. The donation supplements the nearly $80,000 left over from a 2010 loan of $99,000 du Bain made to his campaign before he was first elected district attorney. The sizable loan frightened off any potential opponent for what ended up being an uncontested race.
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