Most of the endorsements that receive any amount of attention from the media come from unions, business groups, or professional associations. One endorsement that raised a few eyebrows when it was announced comes from ABATE, A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, which has endorsed Republican Amy Sholar in the Madison County State's Attorney race.
The reason, according to ABATE State Coordinator Bob Myers, is because of what the organization sees as a history of getting shortchanged in legal matters, capped off by the incident in May of 2011 when Brad Umphlett was hit from behind while riding his motorcycle and eventually died of his injuries.
Myers says the offender wound up with basically a slap on the wrist, and was disappointed that current State's Attorney Tom Gibbons did not take corrective action once he found out one of his subordinates agreed to the plea. Gibbons says the Umphlett case is not over.
Gibbons admits that the case has not moved as swiftly as many, including himself, would like to see.