Aug 13, 201411:35 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke proves voters can’t be bought
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If wishes were horses beggars would ride. Take note, good government goo-goos: If money amounts to an unfair campaign advantage, then Eric Cantor would still be House majority leader, Chris Moews would be the new Milwaukee County sheriff, and Duey Stroebel would be the Republican nominee in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District.
All three greatly outspent their opponents. All three were decisively defeated.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg can spend his billions without limit on whatever cause he likes. That’s his constitutional right, despite what Mike McCabe, Jay Heck, John Nichols, and other enemies of free speech may say.
Sheriff David Clarke won re-election anyway Tuesday. He withstood $150,000 in “outside money” from Bloomberg’s anti-gun crusade. He weathered $400,000 from the “dark money” Greater Wisconsin Committee (through which the statewide teachers union laundered its members’ dues). County Exec Chris Abele threw some of his personal fortune into unhorsing Clarke, usually seen wearing a cowboy hat.
The liberal-progressive-socialist sphere hates Sheriff Clarke because he famously advised citizens, via a radio public service spot (more here), that if they wish to defend kith and kin they should be proficient in firearms — his trained deputies being minutes away when seconds count.
As quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Clarke said, “In the end elections are about voters. They’re about people. They’re not about special interests. They’re not about political parties. They’re about people. They demonstrated their support for me tonight.”
He thanked his supporters, including Chris Cox of the National Rifle Association, which spent $30,000 on mailers, robocalls, and ads. Clarke also had the support of talk radio, including Milwaukee-Madison’s Vicki McKenna.
As the Journal Sentinel reported:
Faced with an avalanche of outside campaign dollars, Clarke said just days before the election: “I trust the voters. The voters can’t be bought.”
You are correct, Sheriff Clarke. Only sore losers blame the voters for supposedly being hoodwinked by “big money.”
Of course, Republicans crossed over into the Democratic primary to vote for Clarke, who runs under the Democrat(ic) label, absent any Republican contests. In that respect, the contest was as good as a fall general election.
Nor is Milwaukee County that monolithically liberal. It’s not Dane County. Scott Walker was elected county exec there. Nor is the city of Milwaukee a liberal monoculture.
The Economist sized up the political leanings of the 67 largest American cities and found that the city of Milwaukee was in the middle of the pack, at 35th most liberal. San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle are the most lib. (Madison, at just under the 250,000 population survey cutoff, was not ranked.) Only 11 cities, led by Phoenix suburb Mesa, Ariz., were majority conservative.