Call for Sheriff Clarke to Launch Campaign
An attorney on the Super PAC said he thinks Clarke can take on Baldwin.
“Representing a lot of the positive, conservative fighter, bare knuckles kind of politician who won’t take anything from the left,” said Nate Pendley, a North Carolina attorney who has worked in conservative politics for years.
Pendley said the Super PAC already has thousands of signatures. He approached Clarke about the U.S. Senate bid a few months ago.
“The only contact has been when I spoke with him very briefly in October, and he smiled slyly and turned away, and we haven’t discussed it with him since,” Pendley said.
Political advisor and conservative activist, Eric O’Keefe, works for Clarke and emailed WISN 12 News this statement, “Sheriff Clarke has not looked at a 2018 bid because he is focused on his job with the county and aiding in the transition for President-elect Donald Trump.
“I haven’t spoken to the sheriff about this draft campaign, but I am confident he is humbled that people throughout the country appreciate his plainspoken leadership, and advocacy and support of law enforcement.”
“Sen. Baldwin is was one of the country’s least effective legislators, and her views don’t reflect the working citizens of Wisconsin who helped elect Donald Trump president of the United States.”
Campaign finance reports from the Milwaukee County Election Commission show he’s raised close to $48,000 for a re-election bid as sheriff. Supporters are still determined to convince Clarke to explore a run against Baldwin, even if he is a registered Democrat.
“I frankly don’t care what party he’s in, if he’s going to do what he says, I and a lot of the other people who are a part of this movement are going to be very happy,” Pendley said.
A spokesman for the Wisconsin Election Commission said the deadline to get a name on the ballot for the U.S. Senate race is June 1, 2018.
Clarke’s term as sheriff would end in the summer of 2018.
WISN 12 News contacted Baldwin’s office for comment but never heard back.