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FOP endorses Martin for Columbus mayor, Tomlinson responds

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The local Fraternal Order of Police threw its support behind mayoral candidate Colin Martin in a news conference on Wednesday night.

The FOP, which serves more than 600 members locally, said the endorsement follows a telephone poll of the chapter’s membership. FOP President Randy Robertson did not give specific numbers, but said it was an "overwhelming margin" in a poll of their members.

“Support the FOP and refuse to be tricked or manipulated by the rhetoric that has been drawn out during this campaign season,” said Robertson. “Do not be influenced by who spends the most money on yard signs and billboards or who claims the crown of ‘name recognition,’ but listen to the men and women who work hard to ensure that we live in a safe and efficient city.”

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson responded to the announcement, saying she wasn't given a chance to prove herself worthy of an endorsement.

“Had the membership had the opportunity to ask me questions or to hear my responses, I think it's doubtful that they come up with this particular endorsement,” Mayor Tomlinson told News 3.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement organization in the United States with over 325,000 members. The Columbus lodge is made up of police officers, correctional officers, deputy sheriffs and marshals.

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