You can add the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association to the list of traditionally Republican organizations that are endorsing a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time:
Boston's police patrolmen's union yesterday voted overwhelmingly to endorse John F. Kerry for president, months after the Democratic nominee refused to cross a police picket line during the union's bitter contract dispute.
About 50 members of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association's House of Representatives handed the endorsement to Kerry by voice vote after US Representative William D. Delahunt made a personal appeal. It was the first time the union has endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate, the union officials said.
This underscores just how accurate Kerry's latest dig at Bush is: "The President calls himself a leader. Well, Mr. Bush, take a look behind you. There's hardly anybody there."