October 9, 2020 In the News

Shaheen picks up endorsement from New Hampshire Troopers Association

By Matt Leighton
October 9, 2020

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s senior U.S. senator has picked up support in her reelection campaign from the union that represents state police troopers.

The New Hampshire Troopers Association endorsed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in her reelection Friday. According to Shaheen, this isn’t the first time they’ve endorsed her.

“I’m very grateful for the endorsement from the state police here in New Hampshire,” Shaheen said.

Executive Director of the New Hampshire Troopers Association Marc Beaudoin said their long relationship is why they’re endorsing her.

“She’s always been very supportive of us so it’s hard to, you know, when you have a relationship with somebody like that, it’s hard to break that relationship and jump off and go with somebody else,” Beaudoin said.

The executive director also said one of the reasons is her stance on qualified immunity.

“It takes somebody who’s brave to break away from their party you know a little bit to stand with what they believe is right, which is in this case, you know, not removing qualified immunity,” Beaudoin said.

The senior U.S. senator from New Hampshire said she did not support parts of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which called for reforms in this area.

“I think it has ramifications in terms of being able to recruit and retain law enforcement to be able to do their jobs. We want to hold officers accountable for any misconduct,” Shaheen said.

Her opponent, Republican candidate Corky Messner, was endorsed last month by the New England Police Benevolent Association. His campaign said Shaheen’s endorsement is not a surprise to them.

“I’m hoping that these endorsements, you know, stand up to the test of the vote down in the Senate,” Fred Doucette, co-chair of the campaign, said.