A World Turned Upside Down
- A pro NRA Black Democrat Sheriff is targeted for defeat by the former Republican Mayor of New York. . . . and yes, Bloomberg was the nominee of the "small government" GOP three different times.
Former Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews.
In response to the news of Bloomberg’s ads, Clarke said in a statement: “I trust the voters. The voters can’t be bought.”
The ad buys by Bloomberg’s PAC come on top of $400,000 in media ads purchased by the Greater Wisconsin Committee to try to beat Clarke, who is seeking his fourth term in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.
Also on Friday, Citizens for Responsible Government — a local conservative group — paid for $55,238 in airtime on five Milwaukee-area stations to air TV spots supporting the sheriff reports the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
Clarke has drawn strong support from the National Rifle Association, which has sent out a fundraising appeal asking for members to contribute.
“Make no mistake: Sheriff Clarke is fighting the re-election battle of his life right now because he dared to stand on principle by standing up for you, me and the NRA,” wrote Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
Campaign finance reports show Clarke has received a large number of contributions from out of state.
There are no Republicans running, so the winner of Tuesday’s primary will likely be elected.
Independent candidate Angela Walker is the only challenger on the November ballot. [...]
Clarke has drawn support from the NRA for his tough talk on fighting crime and his public service announcement urging residents to take gun safety courses so that they can protect themselves.
In April, he was one of the featured speakers at the opening of the NRA convention in Indianapolis, where he told members to oppose any efforts to restrict the rights of gun owners, including limits on magazine capacity and background checks, according to media reports.