Clarke Blasts Abele, Bloomberg
His rock was talk radio, he writes in Washington Times.
No one cares about Chris Abele in our nation’s capitol, so Sheriff David Clarke emphasized who he slayed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a punchy Op Ed for the conservative Washington Times.
Clarke assails Bloomberg, who spend some $150,000 an attack ads against the sheriff, as “greedy” and desperate. “The TV ads he financed depicted me telling residents to forgo calling 9-1-1 and to handle local policing themselves, which is as contorted a view of my personal-defense radio ads as one could imagine.”
Clarke writes that the $400,000 in attack ads run by the Greater Wisconsin Committee were “financed by Milwaukee’s liberal millionaire county executive, Chris Abele… an unprecedented amount of outsider money for a local sheriff’s primary election anywhere.”
Abele has so far declined to discuss whether he financed the ads, but it’s widely assumed he was a contributor.
So how did Clarke, portraying himself as David, withstand these two Goliaths? “The rock I used to slay these two giants was conservative talk radio. Talk radio was the get-out-the-vote mechanism that drove conservatives to vote for me in record numbers.”
Clarke does in passing credit black voters, who actually provided nearly his entire margin of victory, as I’ve written. But he’s far more concerned with rewarding his buddies, though he never mentions Charlie Sykes and Mark Belling by name. That will kill them.