Sheriff David Clarke, America’s newest African American conservative Icon, just took a step closer to announcing that he is throwing his “legendary cowboy hat” into the Senate race in the Badger State.
The calls to ‘draft Clarke’ have been incredibly loud and strong for months, but could this be the tipping point that pushes it all over the edge.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who would have been a viable opponent, has ruled out a run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying she will not challenge Clarke for the nomination.
This leaves a pretty clear path for Clarke to cinch the nomination.
Kleefisch had been considering being a 2018 Republican Senate candidate, but most expected her to stick with Walker as he prepares to run for re-election. Kleefisch told The Associated Press on Monday that she couldn’t take on the travel required to serve in the Senate given that her daughters are just 11- and 14-years-old.
Kleefisch says in her current job she has a “great opportunity to be an advocate for Wisconsin.”
So what does Sheriff Clarke do now?
He is an ideal candidate in many ways.
Sheriff Clarke serves on two NRA committees and infuriated the gun grabbers by airing radio ads telling the citizens of Milwaukee to arm themselves against criminals so they can fight back when the cops aren’t around.
Fourteen years ago Sheriff Clarke was already calling liberal black state legislators “race hustlers and demagogues” for claiming white racism was the cause of poverty and crime in Milwaukee’s black ghettos. He called Al Sharpton a “charlatan,” and said he “should shut up and go back into the gutter.”
He has been in incredible outspoken critic of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Most importantly he is no friend of the establishment. He had this advice for the new House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader: “Get it done, dammit. We’ve waited long enough. Note to Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell: Go big, go bold, go fast. The disconnect in DC with GOP and voters: McConnell thinks the goal is to move cautiously. WE VOTED FOR THEM TO GO BIG & BOLD.”
His support is “big and bold” as well!
None other than “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and his wife Beth are leading the movement to Draft Clark.
“My wife Beth and I wholeheartedly encourage you to support the campaign to draft Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke to run for the United States Senate from Wisconsin,” Duane Chapman wrote in a letter posted to the draft campaign website. “Sheriff Clarke is a good cop and a great American. He fears no one and stands up for law enforcement. The Sheriff speaks his mind no matter what the liberal media say about him, and does not permit liberals to go unchallenged. The man has street smarts and true political courage. I admire both.”
Clarke would be up against incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is up for re-election in 2018. In a state that has high approval for its governor, Scot Walker, and the easily seen accomplishments of the republican party, This could be a serious upset!
Of course, Radio host Mark Levin does not want to stop at the senate…
“A man I admire greatly . . . Sheriff David Clarke is a very, very, very brave man. This man should be President of the United States. I really believe that.”
Whatever happens, Clarke seems to have a long successful road ahead of him.