A Second Amendment victory was won at the polls yesterday, despite opposition from the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. MAIG is basically a product of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s money. The group had chosen to make a special project of defeating the incumbent sheriff in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, David Clarke. Clarke is a Democrat, but he is known for his strong support for the Second Amendment. Bloomberg wanted to defeat a “pro-gun” sheriff.
The Washington Times reported last night:
The race took on national tones just last week when Mr. Bloomberg — who helps head the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group and who has taken up a personal crusade to scale back Second Amendment rights — threw in $150,000 to defeat Sheriff Clarke. That amount was more than what Sheriff Clarke and his opponent, Chris Moews, spent on their entire campaigns, The Post reported.
But Mr. Bloomberg’s efforts to sway voters down the anti-gun path failed.
The Post reported that 100 percent of precincts have reported, giving Sheriff Clarke a 4,700 vote lead. But Mr. Moews has yet to concede, deciding instead to wait for the count on the 6,000 absentee ballots.
I have to wonder if Clarke was targeted merely because he is a pro-gun sheriff or specifically because he is a prominent, pro-gun, Democrat in office. Clarke has been featured as a speaker at the National Rifle Association’s meeting in Indianapolis—in which he took the opportunity to attack Bloomberg’s group. In 2013 he appeared in a public service ad, saying:
I’m Sheriff David Clarke and I want to talk to you about something personal: Your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport. I need you in the game. But are you ready? With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. … Consider taking a certified safety course in handling of firearms, so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?
The voters resisted the campaigning and re-elected this man as sheriff. It is a beautiful thing!