How would you feel if someone had stolen your identity?

Today, the Houston Police Officers’ Union put out an all-points “press” bulletin asking Houston voters to be wary of false and misleading radio and television ads by mayoral candidate, Ms. Annise Parker.

HPOU, Houston’s largest and most respected police officer organization, is warning

Houston voters to not be misled by Parker’s radio and television ads which falsely imply she has the police group’s endorsement. The police organization has endorsed Gene Locke for Mayor in the upcoming runoff election.

“To trick voters, Annise Parker is playing fast and loose with the truth and our respected identity,” said Gary Blankinship, president of the 5,000-plus member Houston Police Officers’ Union. “While it may not be a true crime, it’s disingenuous for Ms. Parker to claim we support her. The truth is, in past elections we did support her, however, recently she lost our support and our trust. Houston police do not support Ms. Parker because she has no plan to support the police department of help officers fight crime in Houston.

The HPOU encourages voters to approach Parker and her claims with extreme caution. “Parker’s ads deceitfully imply she has our endorsement, which she does not,” Blankinship stated. “We endorse Gene Locke for Mayor.”

“Annise Parker needs to immediately pull down her misleading ads, but too much is at stake for her to do the right thing. Houston voters need to know what we know. Ms. Parker’s ill-advised non-plan is to do absolutely nothing to help HPD. Her only plan is to mislead people into believing legitimate police officers have endorsed her. We have not and would strongly advise voters to reject Ms. Parker’s false and intentionally misleading claims,” challenged Blankinship.

The police group says Parker’s mayoral campaign has developed a rap sheet of being abandoning HPD on successful crime fighting strategies. During the mayoral campaign Parker has said she wants to “take apart” the Houston Police Department and has said she would NOT support more funding for additional police patrol officers. The police group also points out that Parker has voted against funding for expanded gang crime enforcement.

“Parker has been caught red handed,” Blankinship concluded. “For public safety’s sake, Houston’s voters are strongly advised to not become victims of Annise Parker’s false and intentionally misleading statements.”