Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway Endorses Liz Carter For CD 4

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(ATLANTA)—Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway today announced his endorsement for leading Republican Congressional candidate Liz Carter in the House District 4 race.

Conway said he supports Carter because of her long-standing commitment for promoting local law enforcement, enhancing public safety in general and bringing sustainable jobs back to the region.

“Liz Carter is fully aware of the daily challenges faced on the frontlines of keeping our homes and businesses safe,” Conway said. “I know that she understands the ever-changing role of public safety personnel at all levels.

“I am confident that she will work harder than anyone as our next Representative to give us the support we need to better serve our communities,” he added. “I am asking all of my fellow Gwinnett County voters, as well as all voters, living in her district to give their
support to Liz Carter for Congress.”

Carter expressed her appreciation for Conway’s support. She also recognized Conway’s standing as a professional who has earned statewide respect for his years of strong leadership.

8 comments

  1. pswallace says:

    I have no brief for or against either Sheriff Conway or Ms. Carter. I just think we might want to start moving towards an ethic that says, just like the military, law enforcement stays out of politics, at least as far as supporting one side or another by speaking in an official capacity.

    I’m open to a little pushback, because I also understand the value in having input from those on the thin blue line, but overall it just strikes me as unseemly. This is not to mean anyone has done anything wrong here–they haven’t. I understand it is the way things are currently done and that professionalism and decorum are maintained.

    But if law enforcement is not to become abusive of the rights of the common citizenry it must have vigilant oversight from elected officials (absent another such body able to do said job), and I submit that public endorsements by police officials and unions can lead to cases where such vigilance and independence is compromised, because of the desire to gain and maintain such endorsements. This is particularly true in smaller forms of government, where the number of public servants may reach a margin of the populace sufficient as to routinely decide elections.

    But I am open to pushback because I also realize that if–like the military–law enforcement becomes more or less mute, then it becomes possible for law enforcement to become politicized by politicians ordering selective policing upon pain of budget cuts or firings, since, per Federalist Number 10, it is easier to do these things the smaller a civic area becomes.

    And thus, I am in search for a happy medium, one that removes the ability of law enforcement to be a separate political power block, subject to only that oversight as they allow, but at the same time shields them from political interference and allows their views to come forth.

    Thus, aware of

    • TheGOPman says:

      The Sheriff is an elected position, so why wouldn’t he want to support a candidate. I agree with some of your points, but I also think that the Police Departments, Fire Departments, Sheriff’s Departments, and any Civil Servant positions, should get behind their congress, house, federal, and state representatives, because they are the people that help them.

      A prime example is, Congressman Johnson, someone that Sheriff Conway supported in the last election, has publicly supported a Cop killer in Savannah.

    • Republican Lady says:

      What the heck are you trying to say?

      The police abuse comment – The only way the police can abuse anyone is if the abused person doesn’t complain. Agencies have Internal Affairs Units that take police corruption seriously and cops are arrested, watching the news will confirm that. And if you don’t trust the local police, file a complaint with the GBI, and if you don’t trust them, file a complaint with the FBI.

      A community will only be as corrupt as the citizens allow, so if you suspect police corruption or abuse, then complain to the people I outlined above. It the citizens don’t complain, they are telling the officer/agency, do as you will, I wll turn a blind eye to your actions.

      As for public official oversite for police, bad idea. It is usually the public officials who tell the police that they are not common folt and therefore unarrestable. Case in point, Dekalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton and Cynthia McKinney to name two.

      So again, what are you trying to say?

      • polisavvy says:

        I tried to figure that one out, too. Thought it was just me not feeling well and not being able to focus properly.

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