Another Fail For Bloomberg’s Gun Control Spending Strategy

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Sheriff David Clarke

Another state-level candidate has failed to cross the finish line, this time in a sheriff’s race pitting a candidate backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg against the incumbent sheriff.

Bloomberg-backed Chris Moews, a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department, lost to incumbent sheriff David Clarke in the Milwaukee County Democratic primary election. Bloomberg had donated $150,000 to Moews’ campaign. Clarke won the election with 52 percent of the vote; Moews took 48 percent. Since no Republican is running this fall, Clarke secured another term as sheriff with his Aug. 12 primary win.

The money came via Bloomberg’s Independence USA super PAC. His involvement in the local election had everything to do with guns. And his intervention, late in the campaign season, carried the Milwaukee County sheriff’s race into the national spotlight.

From an article Wednesday at The Washington Post’s conservative “Volokh Conspiracy” blog:

The race attracted national attention last week when Michael Bloomberg put $150,000 into the campaign against Sheriff Clarke — more than the total combined campaign spending by Sheriff Clarke and his primary opponent Chris Moews.

…Sheriff Clarke has urged Milwaukee citizens to arm themselves for lawful self-defense. One method of disseminating this message was public service radio advertising in early 2013, paid for from the Sheriff’s Office budget.

This April, Sheriff Clarke spoke at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting in Indianapolis — denouncing Michael Bloomberg, and recounting incidents in which armed citizens had saved lives.

Clarke had bought radio ads encouraging people to arm themselves against a rise in violent crime, touting Wisconsin’s Personal Protection Act and encouraging residents to “[c]onsider taking a certified safety course in handling of firearms, so you can defend yourself until we [law enforcement] get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family.”

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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