Skip to comments.Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch - will NOT challenge Sheriff Clarke for the GOP nomination next year.
Posted on 07/21/2017 8:24:52 AM PDT by johnk
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarkes path to the GOP nomination for the United States Senate in Wisconsin just got a whole lot easier, and conservatives across the nation are celebrating.
Popular conservative Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch announced that she will NOT challenge Sheriff Clarke for the GOP nomination next year.
On the heels of Kleefischs announcement, millionairess Nicole Schneider also put an end to speculation that she might challenge Sheriff Clarke by leaking the classic line that she wanted to spend more time with her family. Schneider was not regarded as a serious candidate beyond the fact that her familys trucking fortune meant she could have written an eight figure check to self-fund a campaign.
Lt. Gov. Kleefisch went public with her plans two days after Sheriff Clarke declined a Trump appointment to the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC. Clarkes move rocked Wisconsins political class, and made his eventual leap into the 2018 Senate race seem all the more likely.
Liberals criticized the Clarke appointment, announced mid-May, saying it was nothing other than a transparent attempt by Trump to add Federal government experience to the county Sheriffs political resume in anticipation of his Senate run.
Bush provided that stepping stone for Mel Martinez, whose short-lived HUD appointment took him from a local county office in Florida to the U.S. Senate. Obama did it for Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, who spent ten months as a Treasury Department appointee while the Progressive Change Campaign Committee PAC launched its successful Draft Elizabeth Warren for Senate! campaign to identify tens of thousands of donors and more than a hundred thousand supporters.
Sheriff Clarke stumped tirelessly for candidate Trump in 29 states, and has been the Presidents MOST stalwart supporter since the inauguration. The recent hysteria over Trumps tweets is but one of countless examples. After enduring months of nasty, below-the-belt attacks from MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski, President Trump utilized Twitter to defend himself and fight fire with fire. Predictably, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Susan Collins, and every other establishment Republican responded by publicly criticizing the President.
But not Clarke. Instead of joining that circular firing squad, the Sheriff circled the wagons. Clarke sent out this glorious tweet admonishing them to stop criticizing the President and pointed out that it is MSNBC and CNN that are evil.
For President Trump to show a little gratitude (and maybe a little favoritism?) in the coming GOP primary by offering Clarke a temporary appointment in D.C. surprised no one.
The surprise was that Clarke TURNED IT DOWN after telling a local Milwaukee radio host that he intended to take the position.
Upon further reflection, Sheriff Clarke undoubtedly realized that an appointment to any position in the Federal governments Executive Branch would place him under the Hatch Act. That statute would forbid him from doing anything political, including the kinds of things necessary to be most helpful to Trump and test the waters for his own Senate candidacy. Gone would be his speeches and rallies, his columns, his podcast, his many appearances on Fox News, and his guest hosting of Sean Hannitys radio show.
Gone would be his constant Tweets defending Trump, supporting law enforcement, and decrying the damage Americas liberals have done to the black family. Gone would be his courageous warnings to Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to stand and fight and not cut deals with the Left.
Gone would be his magnificent rebuttals to the endless stream of liberal lies and fake news and crazy conspiracy theories about Russians stealing the election from Hillary Clinton, and all of the rest of the noxious nonsense that regularly spews forth from CNN and MSNBC.
When Trump visited Wisconsin a few weeks ago, he met with Clarke to discuss the Sheriffs political future. Following that discussion, Clarke announced he was declining an appointment in the federal executive branch because his skills could be better utilized to promote the Presidents agenda in a more aggressive role.
Clarkes latest move is therefore widely perceived as the latest sign that he is dead serious about considering the Senate run, and realizes he can build up political capital far easier by supporting President Trump in the public eye, rather than buried in a bureaucratic backwater of the D.C. swamp.
Works for me!
So, did Sheriff Clarke change political parties?
He must have. He’s said he’s always been a Demonrat and that’s the only way he could win in the past. Maybe the times are a’changing in Wisconsin. Hope he wins......;)
Me, too. He seems to be a good man.
The good Sheriff is a Democrat, so I’m guessing if elected, he’d be a Democrat Senator.
Should have been FBI director. Instead we are getting Comey II.
I will do what I can to help him get elected.
The country should be so lucky as to have a democrat like him. Beats the hell out of just about any of the faux republican senators.He was a democrat of convenience and not conviction because of Milwaukee county which is a democrat shithole.
He’s not afraid to speak his mind. He won’t wuss out like alot of the Re-public-cans we have there now. He may just teach those panty-waisted cowards how to grow a pair....:)
I knew he ran as a Democrat-in-name-only (just as in many parts of the country people desiring political office due to get elected - maybe less so today.)
In fact, that was what much of the Sourh politicians were: Dixiecrats and many became Republicans just prior to and especially after he was elected, the candidacy of my beloved President Ronald Reagan, who had been an early Democrat but stated "the party left me."
A few in the South, perhaps, but many were diehard Democrats (I grew up here, so I know) and died as such. I’ll give one example I mentioned the other day. Former Alabama Governor John Patterson (who served from 1959-63). He ran as the Klan candidate in 1958 and defeated George Wallace (Wallace was NOT a segregationist in that race). He got close to the Kennedys. 50 years later in 2008, ex-Gov. Patterson endorsed Obama for President.
As you can see, some were just fine with the Democrat party of yore as they are with it today.
“...The good Sheriff is a Democrat, so Im guessing if elected, hed be a Democrat Senator...”
Well he would being running for the GOP nomination, the other republican announced dropping out “Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch” for family reasons.
So I guess Sheriff David Clarke plans on leaving the Democrat party? We will have to see about that.
(Excerpt from the above link...)
... At the DeploraBall inauguration gala, Sheriff Clarke said: “I am one of those bare-knuckle fighters. When I hear people say we need to reach across the aisle and work with the Democrats, you know what I say? The only reason Ill be reaching across the aisle is to grab one of them by the throat.
Does your Senator talk like that? Does he urge black voters to leave the Democrat plantation? Does he or she say, Im tired of this race card thing?...
Sounds great! In fact, if he (Clarke) stayed a democrat and his
GOP opponent was a RINO, I’d “cross the aisle” and for the second time in my voting life, vote for a democrat (and I’m a former GOP county officer!)
David Clark would be great in the senate. He would make liberals’ head explode.
Im interested in being the sheriff of Milwaukee County, period, he told McKenna.
State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), businessman Eric Hovde and businessman Kevin Nicholson are considering running against Baldwin next year.
Crap, well maybe in the near future.
Are those 3 CONSERVATIVES??
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