Ever since he was appointed as Milwaukee County Sheriff by then Governor Scott McCallum, David Clarke has not had an opponent that presented as a serious threat to being reelected to office.
That has changed this year with Chris Moews running a solid campaign. For months, one could not attend an event in Milwaukee County without running into Moews being there, working the crowd like a pro.
But as hard as Moews has been working to win this election, he has not had a bigger asset to his campaign as Clarke. Clarke has been consistently been doing more damage to himself than Moews could have ever done. Clarke has been embarrassing himself regularly with his immature temper tantrums, outlandish comments, ineffective law enforcement, scandals, and irresponsible stunts, like telling people that they shouldn't call 911 in an emergency.
Clarke's behaviors and failures have been so egregious that even some of his fellow conservatives are pulling away from supporting him. Fortunately for Clarke - and unfortunately for the rest of us, he still has the NRA and its deep pockets supporting him.
But even with the dark money behind him, Clarke and his supporters know that he is in serious danger of losing. And with that knowledge, they are getting desperate.
Besides sending out whackadoodle mailers to random households, his supporters are urging Republicans to cross over in the primary to vote for him. The most notable of these attempts is a letter that was sent out by former Governor TOMMY!!! Thompson:
As with Clarke's mailers, Thompson's letter was apparently mailed to random homes. These images of the letter are courtesy of State Senator Chris Larson. I am quite sure that Senator Larson was already planning to vote in the Democratic primary. I am also quite sure that he won't be voting for Clarke.
It is stunts like this that shows the importance of voting in each and every election. Yes, it's "only" a primary. Yes, it's in the middle of August, when most people are squeezing in vacations and enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. But it is the lackadaisical attitude towards voting that has allowed people like Scott Walker and David Clarke to stay in office as long as they have been.
Milwaukeeans need to make sure that they get themselves to the polls on Tuesday, August 12, to vote Clarke out once and for all.