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Gun-Pushing Sheriff Re-Elected Despite Bloomberg's Cash

By    |   Tuesday, 11 November 2014 06:04 PM

David A. Clarke, Milwaukee County's tough-talking, take-no-prisoners sheriff, has won his fifth term in office despite a pro-gun stance that prompted former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to throw $150,000 into defeating him.

Anti-gun activist Bloomberg's contribution was added to a flood of over $550,000 that came into Milwaukee County from "outside sources," all aimed at defeating Clarke.

He won anyway, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Clarke told the Journal-Sentinel, "I trust the voters. The voters can't be bought."

Clarke became such a contentious figure with a video last year in which he said that because of budget cuts and deputy layoffs, citizens should arm themselves against criminals, Politico reported.

In a public-service announcement, Clarke urged citizens, "I'm Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal: your safety. It's no longer a spectator sport. I need you in the game, but are you ready?"

"With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back, but are you prepared?

"Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We're partners now — can I count on you?"

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This year, the election for sheriff was all but settled in the Democratic primaries. Clarke faced a former opponent, Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews, and won more easily than he did last time, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

During the midterm elections, Clarke's only opponent was Angela N. Walker, who billed herself as an independent socialist, campaigned little and lost handily to Clarke.

Clarke, an African-American who favors cowboy hats and horses, has criticized race-baiters, calling them hustlers "promoting the cult of victimology," Politico reports.

Throughout his terms, Clarke has battled with the county board over providing more deputies.

He told Politico that his staff has dwindled from 647 in 2002 to 245 in 2014, and a recent investigation by WISN-TV discovered that deputies worked over 71,000 overtime hours this year, costing the county millions, but creating danger because deputies are overworked and not receiving sufficient time off to rest.

Supervisor John Weishan acknowledged, "What we need is a deputy sheriff's force that is capable of performing under the serious stress that they have. If we could afford it, I'd add 100 deputies tomorrow," Weishan told WISN.

He noted, however, that a lack of trust between county officials and Clarke forms a roadblock to providing the funds.

For example, the outspoken Clarke has refused to provide an annual report from his department although ordered to do so three years ago, because, he told Politico, "all they are, they're fluff pieces, anyway. Everybody's annual report says we're saving the world."

Meanwhile, Clarke said in a Project Veritas interview that if citizens find people breaking into their homes, "Know who and what your target is. Point that barrel center-mass, and pull the trigger," and then call 9-1-1 to "get this dead guy out of my house. He's bleeding out and messing up my carpet."


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