Biden chal­lenger Dean Phillips recruits hard­core ‘defund the police’ fig­ure to his cam­paign

Rep. Dean Phillips (D‑MN), the long-shot Demo­c­ra­t­ic chal­lenger to Pres­i­dent Joe Biden in the 2024 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, has hired a for­mer Min­neapo­lis law­mak­er who staunch­ly sup­port­ed efforts to defund the city’s police depart­ment.
The 54-year-old rep­re­sen­ta­tive brought Alon­dra Cano, 42, on to his cam­paign after she served on the Min­neapo­lis City Coun­cil from 2014 to 2021. Cano strong­ly sup­port­ed calls to dis­man­tle the city’s police depart­ment fol­low­ing the death of George Floyd in June 2020, say­ing pub­licly that the depart­ment was “not reformable.”
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Cano was a lead­ing voice in the 2021 elec­tion in Min­neapo­lis in sup­port of a bal­lot ini­tia­tive to replace the city’s police depart­ment with a depart­ment of pub­lic safe­ty. Although the mea­sure was ulti­mate­ly not passed, the ordeal hot­ly divid­ed Democ­rats in Min­neso­ta, and Cano did not seek reelec­tion the fol­low­ing year.
Phillips has cam­paigned on his sup­port for law enforce­ment dur­ing his con­gres­sion­al runs, hav­ing been endorsed by the largest offi­cer orga­ni­za­tion in the state, the Min­neso­ta Police and Peace Offi­cers Asso­ci­a­tion.
Phillip­s’s cam­paign web­site says that he believes in strength­en­ing pub­lic safe­ty “by pro­vid­ing fund­ing for police depart­ments and othe …