Police and fire unions are 'public interest' groupsI take issue with anyone willing to call public safety unions and local newspapers special interest groups as Mr. Knipp did.
I was always under the impression that fire and police organizations as well as local newspapers were public interest groups, not special interest groups. There must be some confusion.
Backing from firefighters and police is specialI find it highly amusing that Alan Mansoor's supporters are complaining about "special interests" supporting Mansoor's opponents. When it comes to special interest groups, I definitely prefer firemen and policemen to Minutemen. And I also prefer the Costa Mesa-based and Costa Mesa-enriching Segerstroms over out-of-town developer William Lyons, who supports Mansoor. All candidates represent a variety of interests, special or otherwise. Arnold Schwarzenegger learned a year ago that most voters do indeed think teachers, firefighters, and police officers are pretty special, far more special than narrow and divisive politicians.