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Former Boston police head Ed Davis backs Jeb Bush

Former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis will join Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s “law enforcement coalition,” Bush aides said.
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Former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis will join Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s “law enforcement coalition,” Bush aides said.

LAS VEGAS — It’s Ed for Jeb.

Former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis is backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, Bush aides said Tuesday.

Davis, who served under the late Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino, will join Bush’s “law enforcement coalition,” along with several dozen other federal, state and local officials, Bush aides said. Davis said he had only spoken to Bush once, but was “impressed with his views” on policing and terrorism.

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Acknowledging that he is a registered Democrat, Davis said, “But, in this particular case, these two issues right now are the most pressing issues the country, and I like what the governor is saying.”

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Davis last year donated to a gubernatorial candidate in each major party, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Juliette Kayyem, state campaign finance records show.

Since leaving office near the end of the Menino era, Davis has worked as a television commentator and for the Uber ride-sharing company as a consultant and safety adviser. That post has put him on the opposite side of the ride-sharing debate from his successor, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.