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LAPD, Sheriff's Unions, Longtime Foes, Join Forces On State Politics

The unions representing Los Angeles Police Department cops and Sheriff's deputies have been foes since 1923, but they're now joining forces to weigh in on the state governor's race.

Rick Orlov reports in the Los Angeles Daily News that the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs are teaming up to form the California Law and Order Independent Expenditure Committee. The combined potency could weigh heavily on the campaign, as law-enforcement endorsements are highly prized (not to mention the cash that the new group could generate for its favored candidate).

Orlov says the gubernatorial race is the new organization's first priority, but it will later focus on other offices such as attorney general. LAPPL political consultant Don Novey told the Daily News, "It was funny that these two groups never got together, but they have been at odds since 1923, and no one can really remember why."

"I told them it was like Jack Webb looking in the mirror and they ought to get along."

[Spotted at LAObserved].