And I believe Howard Wilkinson of the Cincinnati Enquirer, I think, gets the exclusive:

Newly elected FOP of Ohio president Jay McDonald, a major in the Marion police force, said the organization decided it could not endorse Pepper because sheriff’s deputies were laid off during his watch as county commissioner and because he voted not to give county employees pay raises. With Yost, McDonald said, “we were not completely satisfied with his attitudes toward collective bargaining.”

Pepper said that while he respects the FOP and is a supporter of law enforcement officers, he had “a responsibility to make the tough decision to not give raises.”

Yost said he has a “strong law enforcement record” and that he “really doesn’t have a record on collective bargaining issues.”

Pepper loses the F.O.P. endorsement, but gains even more credibility on his fiscal conservative credentials.

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