One of Michigan's biggest police organizations threw its support Friday behind GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani.
James Tignanelli, president of the 14,000-member Police Officers Association of Michigan, said the group is backing the former New York mayor because of the leadership he showed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"It seemed only hours after the planes had hit, Americans found a leader. Rudy Giuliani had arrived at the scene," Tignanelli said during a news conference with Giuliani and other police officers. "We need someone who will finish the job, not turn and run."
Giuliani also planned to address the Macomb County Republican Party Friday evening at its annual Lincoln Day dinner.
He said the police officers' endorsement meant a great deal to him.
"They are my heroes," he said. "Having the support of an organization that represents more than 14,000 police officers in Michigan means more to me than just a political endorsement."
Giuliani acknowledged that he is behind fellow Republicans John McCain and Mitt Romney in organizing in Michigan but added: "I think we're catching up. We will spend a lot of time here and compete here very, very effectively."