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Clarke Blasts Abele, Bloomberg

His rock was talk radio, he writes in Washington Times.

By - Aug 20th, 2014 12:07 pm

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.”

Actually, that was essentially the message in the radio ads Clarke did, but readers in Washington wouldn’t know that. Clarke was on safer ground suggesting that voters “did not like this outsider rolling into town trying to oust Wisconsin’s only black sheriff.”

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.

9 thoughts on “Back in the News: Clarke Blasts Abele, Bloomberg”

  1. casey says:

    How would mentioning chucky or mark have killed them?

  2. Bruce Thompson says:

    Actually to not be mentioned will kill them.

    What we need is someone to monitor the radio talkers and summarize for the rest of us. I used to tune in from time to time to figure out what issues they were emphasizing. I found it really boring, because they would pick one issue and obsess about it. If one listened for a few minutes and then returned in an hour, chances were that they were talking about the same thing.

    But if one doesn’t follow them it is easy to be taken by surprise, wondering why some issue has suddenly become important.

  3. Andy says:

    BT, it’s true. That’s why you need to mix in NPR on an adjacent dial.

    Really though, I’d imagine a staunch democrat listening to conservative talk radio would be almost as bad as a staunch conservative trying to read the Shepard Express. I can’t imagine them being able to last too long regardless of the format. Good times!

  4. PMD says:

    I’m a leftie and I tried listening to Air America back when that was launched. It was terrible, just as bad as right-wing talk radio. Lots of shouting and righteous indignation and just impossible to listen to. It wasn’t informative or interesting, just a lot of preaching to the choir. Same as conservative talk radio. I just can’t imagine listening to that all day long (and I don’t read the Shepherd Express either, save for concert announcements), though I know plenty of people who do, and they think a deep thought is repeating verbatim what they heard on it that day.

  5. Wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    Clarke said that you cannot count on 911 if death is staring you in the face and as a frequent victim of crime I can tell you that is true. you must react yourself to save your life.
    i read the shepherd Express all the time, it’s great chuckle. Have debated McNally and destroyed him. it is so easy to cut up Liberal arguements.

  6. PMD says:

    It’s easy to destroy any kind of rabid partisan, left or right, because they see everything in black and white and repeatedly make obtuse statements consisting of ridiculously broad generalizations and simplifications. They are cheerleaders incapable of independent thought, or at the least unwilling to engage in independent thought. They’d rather repeat a talking point. It’s easier.

  7. Hereiam says:

    What’s the value of the free talk radio airtime that was devoted to Clarke?

  8. Andy says:


  9. Tina says:

    Yes, Clarke is correct when telling people they need to be ready to take matters into their own hands when facing crime. As a resident of the inner-city, I called 911 two times this summer regarding gun related crimes and I was put on HOLD!! Have a loaded gun ready when living in Milwaukee, that’s all I have got to say!

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