BREAKING: Bloomberg Loses Again – Milwaukee’s Pro-Gun Sheriff David Clarke Wins Democrat Primary

Michael Bloomberg angry

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

You’d think that at some point Michael Bloomberg would tire of unproductively flushing his cash down anti-gun electoral ratholes. Then again, when you’re worth $33 billion, blowing $150,000 on a futile effort to defeat a midwestern pro-gun sheriff is a little like you or me discovering we lost $20 through a hole in our pocket.

It may be annoying, but it won’t affect his lifestyle in the slightest. Just like former Mayor Mike’s failed efforts to prop up anti-gun legislators in Colorado who’d supported his gun control agenda.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, with support from sources like the NRA and Wisconsin’s former GOP Governor Tommy Thompson, beat back the bilious billionaire’s big bucks, as well as large opposing ad buys by other local and national left-leaning orgs in defeating anti-gun stooge, Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews. reports that Clarke, a vocal gun rights supporter, has won today’s primary vote by a margin of 52-48% (pending absentee ballots). In a one-party town like Milwaukee, winning the Democrat primary virtually assures Clarke a fourth term in office.

Chalk it up as one more win at the polls for the pro-gun rights agenda, and another black eye – however minor – for the malevolent miniature mayor.


  1. avatar Excedrine says:

    My $5 contribution at work. Good going, ladies n’ germs.

    1. avatar Excedrine says:

      P.S.: How does it feel to be so disposable, Mr. Billionaire? Being beaten by the very same people you look down your nose at, even though from your point-of-view you’re actually staring at our feet — we are looking down at you. Not just physically, either but also philosophically. You’re simply a lesser creature. GFY.

    2. avatar Jon says:

      I don’t actually like that votes can be bought – for, well, anything – I find that disgusting….. but if they want to play that way, “two can play that game.”

  2. avatar mrT says:

    Money well spent

  3. avatar Braenen says:

    Interesting… I didn’t know he was a Dem.

    1. avatar James says:

      Milwaukee County, as you’d expect is a liberal county. Since we idioticly have our county sheriffs races in the partisan election cycle, the only way you won the general election in one party dominated counties, both conservative and liberal, is to run in that dominant party. So Clark runs as a democrat even though he has conservative views because you can’t win a general county wide election as a Republican in the partisan election cycle. Scott Walker won county wide, but the county executive election is in our non-partisan election cycle. Hope this clears up any confusion and a great victory for 2A and common sense.

      1. avatar Scrubula says:

        Good clarification.
        As long as he does his job (doesn’t ignore people breaking the law but doesn’t hound people following it) and doesn’t try to take away the rights of the innocent, it doesn’t matter what party he is behind.

      2. avatar bontai Joe says:

        I am thankful for your clear explanation of how your primaries work. Because I was sure scratching my head reading that Sheriff Clark is a democrat, when he sure doesn’t have the std. democratic thinking I am used to.

    2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Well, some say he’s a democrat in name only (DINO?). It’s the only way you get elected in Milwaukee.

      Anyway, I’m savoring this moment.

  4. avatar Paul says:

    From what I read, there is no Republican candidate so the winner of the Dem primary will be unopposed.

  5. avatar Paul53 says:

    For a mere 1 million I could give up my Glocks! Well, for a while I guess.

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      Why not? There are plenty of other perfectly good brands out there.

      For a million bucks (after taxes) I might think about switching brands. Giving up guns entirely? No.

      1. avatar Paul says:

        For a cool million (after tax), I’d give up guns entirely. But then I’d repent the day after the check clears!

        1. avatar notalima says:

          Right there with you. Except for the repentance part. I’d just consider it a ‘private sale’ 😉

        2. avatar emfourty gasmask says:

          For a million dollars I might just have an unfortunate boating accident before I have a chance to give up my guns, really.

  6. avatar Steve says:

    Although I’m happy, I find it… disheartening… that judges and law enforcement official run off of political parties. If ANYONE was supposed to be non-partisan, it would be those who are to enforce the laws on the books…

    1. avatar sven_va says:

      Sooo… your thinking is that the NJSP, NYPD, CHP, et. al., are non-partisan? Elected sheriffs are directly accountable to the citizenry, not their political overlords. In general, this makes me happy.

      1. avatar Steve says:

        Nope, not at all. Point still stands, and to state otherwise is ridiculous.

        1. avatar sven_va says:

          Point refuted–read for comprehension, Steve.

  7. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    Looks like the Lucky Charms Leprechaun lost a small pot of gold. Unfortunately for gun owners there is plenty more where that came from. I sure am glad he is so inept with how to make it count.

  8. avatar Scrubula says:

    Glad he couldn’t buy that election.
    Nothing wrong with contributions but when the opposition relies on them to spread fear mongering it gets old fast.

  9. avatar mirgc says:

    In the words of Shannon Watts…. “IT’s WORKING!!! A round of box whine for everyone!”

  10. avatar Mighty Mo says:

    Great news! Suck it Bloomy!!! Sheriff Clarke is one of us!

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Yup. Reminds me of this…

  11. avatar Mark N. says:

    Sheriff Clarke, from what I’ve read and seen, is a man with his head on his shoulders, instead of up somewhere else like most urban sheriffs (those that firmly believe, despite the uniform evidence to the contrary, that more guns means more crime).

  12. avatar boardsnbikes says:

    Good news.

  13. avatar Lucas D. says:

    Good God, what’s with that face?! He looks like he just underwent the Ludovico Technique.

  14. avatar Johannes P. says:

    Bloomberg is disproving a long-held belief of the extreme left, mainly that money is all that it takes to win elections.

    Take that, Larry Lessig!

  15. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    reminds me of that bear hunting joke. . . at some point, the midget has to admit he likes taking it in the shorts

    Frank was excited about his new rifle and decided to try bear hunting.

    He travels up to Alaska, spots a small brown bear and shoots it. Right after, there was a tap on his shoulder and he turned around to see a big black bear. The black bear said, “That was a very bad mistake. That was my cousin and I’m going to give you two choices. Either I maul you to death or we have sex.”

    After considering briefly, Frank decided to accept the latter alternative. So the black bear has his way with Frank. Even though he felt sore for two weeks, Frank soon recovered and vowed revenge. He headed out on another trip back to Alaska where he found the black bear and shot it dead.

    Right after, there was another tap on his shoulder. This time a huge grizzly bear stood right next to him. The grizzly said, “That was a big mistake, Frank. That was my cousin and you’ve got two choices. Either I maul you to death or we have rough sex.”

    Again, Frank thought it was better to cooperate with the grizzly bear than be mauled to death. So the grizzly has his way with Frank. Although he survived, it took several months before Frank fully recovered.

    Now Frank is completely outraged, so he headed back to Alaska and managed to track down the grizzly bear and shot it. He felt sweet revenge, but then, moments later, there was a tap on his shoulder. He turned around to find a giant polar bear standing there.

    The polar bear looked at him and said, “Admit it Frank, you don’t come here for the hunting, do you?”

    1. avatar Paul says:

      I thought that when Frank was confronted by the Polar Bear he was going to choose death over another round of rough sex. When told of his choice, the Polar Bear said; “death it is but first, rough sex!

  16. avatar g boyd says:

    I always thought that Bloomberg looks a lot like MEL BROOKS.

    1. avatar Fred in AZ says:

      Don’t insult Mel Brooks.

  17. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    BTW – Clarke still needs our $$$ support. I am sure he has election debts to clean up and the inevitable lawyers fighting recount efforts cost $$ too

  18. avatar great unknown says:

    Don’t count your chickens yet. There are more uncounted absentee ballots than the margin of victory. And absentee ballots are the playground of corruption.

    1. avatar Delmarva Chip says:

      Theoretically, yes, but if there are only 6000 absentee votes to count, Moews would need roughly 88% of them to overtake Clarke. Roughly 8 out of every 9 ballots.

      I know that shenanigans are possible, but I think nearly everyone would see that as obvious fraud.

      1. avatar ShaunL. says:

        “but I think nearly everyone would see that as obvious fraud.”

        The only people who would see it that way were the ones who WANTED to see it that way. “Facts” and “evidence” seem to have no bearing whatsoever on our political landscape these days.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          “The ballots don’t make the results, the counters make the results. The counters. Keep counting.”

          The First Rule of Politics from “Gangs of New York.”

  19. avatar dwb says:

    I never tire of seeing Bloomberg’s “Independence” PAC flush money down the toilet.

  20. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    Just the largest little meddling Munchkin out there.
    He wont quite. Maybe some day he will expire.

  21. avatar CTsheepdog says:

    In less visible news in Connecticut, John McKinney, state Senate Minority Leader, lost his bid for the GOP candidacy to face Governor Dan Malloy in November. McKinney, one of the architects of Connecticut’s restrictive 2013 gun laws, was beat by 11% by businessman Tom Foley. Tens of thousands of CT gun owners turned out in a low turnout primary to lift Foley to victory in all but one CT county.

    McKinney, who district includes Newtown, worked with the Democrat leadership to craft CT’s more restrictive ban on black rifles and standard capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds. Law-abiding gun owners have challenged McKinney since then but the Leader has remained adamant in his views that the gun law will make citizens safer.

    Foley, while not a gun owner himself and having to navigate the difficult Connecticut ideological landscape, has publicly supported citizens’ rights to bear arms. Most recently, Foley has pointed out the role defective mental health plays in rampage killings and has opined that the 2013 law will do little to nothing to prevent a future rampage.

    The November election pitting Foley against Malloy will bring out both sides of the gun rights/control issue. Next month the major gun control advocacy groups will be holding a seminar on political activism and how the true believers can help support gun control supporting politicians in the coming election.

    It is an uphill fight and gun control is not the top priority for a majority of CT voters. The weak economy, state-wide job losses, rising taxes, unfounded liabilities and other more mainstream concerns might be enough to unseat Malloy. However, in 2010, Foley lost to Malloy by less than 7,000 votes so a strong turnout by gun owners could represent a decisive margin in another close election.

    One down, one to go.

    1. avatar brentondadams says:

      I appreciate the local angle and info. Thanks

    2. avatar Pascal says:

      The poorly reported story is that Linda A Orange in the 48th district with NRA A-rating beat porky Jason Paul and his ugly sweater backed by Newtown and Bloomberg money. Lebanon helped carry the day in that district.

  22. avatar Randy in Indiana says:

    I’m not worth even $5,000,000, Dan. Based on my net worth, it would be like losing 73 cents out of my pocket. –and even I make more than that in interest daily.

    1. Thanks for running the numbers for us, Randy.

  23. avatar JSIII says:

    David Clarke needs to run for the Senate.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      We need him as a Governor. His influence in the Senate would be limited, but as Governor, running a budget, departments, commissions, setting policy, well, dare I say? Dare! Dare!

  24. avatar dh34 says:

    One of the takeaways I think is that Bloomie doesn’t understand “grassroots” at all. Wisconsin, like Texas, is getting weary of outsiders, particularly those with money on the left and right coasts, who look down on the rest of the country, trying to influence the happenings at a local level. Particularly when the one trying to influence it thinks you are too stupid to make choices for yourself.

    Wendy Davis, in Texas took a big hit to her dwindling credibiIity as the picture of how reliant her campaign funding is on out of state contributions became clear to the public. I truly believe that as much as this was about gun ownership as it was a backlash against a narcissistic NY billionaire attempting to hijack a local election.

    1. avatar John M. says:

      The Left fakes almost everything “grassroots” they do. They pay “volunteers,” they bus in union members for demonstrations, ad nauseum.

      That’s why they can’t comprehend actual right-wing grassroots activism. Remember during the Obamacare debate when Nancy Pelosi called the town hall protestors/questioners “astroturfing?” That was projection par excellence.

    2. avatar Fred in AZ says:

      I see that too.

  25. avatar John L. says:

    Looks like carpetbagging by proxy still smells to high heaven.

    1. avatar Fred in AZ says:

      Since Chris Moews is from there, he’s no carpetbagger; he’s a scallywag!

  26. avatar Mediocrates says:

    nice way to start my hump day….

  27. avatar v v ind says:

    Congratulations Mr Clarke

  28. avatar Paul says:

    What this demonstrates (again), and what many of you are saying, is that When Bloomie shows up with his Bloomie bucks, good things happen; for us!! Good job Mr Mayor, you not only helped re elect a pro gun sherif, you made a life long enemy out of him and drove him further into the NRA’s fold. Win and WIN!

    We should encourage Bloomie to spread his bucks around elsewhere.

  29. avatar ValleyForge77 says:

    I would think that folks in WI (or anywhere else) would only recoil at the fact that their local politics were essentially being bought by a rich ex Mayor from NYC and his backing would only have an adverse affect on that candidate. What the hell is it any of his business what they do in Milwaukee? I’m glad to see they rejected this.

  30. avatar former water walker says:

    Good. I know there are some pro 2A democrats. Please don’t suggest the midget spread his $around. He’s already spent millions in Illinois especially where I live…

  31. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Democrat. Pro-gun.

    Pay attention, kiddies…

    1. avatar Pascal says:

      There is very little to pay attention to. D or R, are they pro-gun? If yes, then we vote for our RKBA. It really is that simple. IN this case, the Sheriff is a DINO who would have no way to run otherwise.

  32. avatar Fred in AZ says:

    “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world.” -Michael Bloomberg. Any so-called liberal who climbs into bed with Mike Bloomberg is a fool or a liar.

    I am a liberal. I’m also pro-RKBA.

    I am disturbed by the prevalence of dark money.

    This made my day!

  33. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    and Shannon’s panties are still in a bunch. #winning

  34. avatar rlc2 says:

    Great job, TTAG, covering this story. The progtards little heads must be exploding over this in Madison.
    Next race to watch will be Gov Walkers, who spanked the teachers unions and survived a recall in revenge funded by left dems and progressives.

    One national level blogger who has done a good job of covering local politics there is Ann Althouse. She seems to be taking a more contemplative view in general, but here’s sometjing on gun rights, that also speaks to the liberal urban mayor vs conservative county sheriff clash that just played out in Milwaukee.

  35. avatar Ralph says:

    Like any other terrorist, Bloomberg only has to be lucky once, while we have to be lucky every time.

    Bloomberg will never run out of money and he’s unlikely to run out of patience. Ever. We will be contending with New York’s Little Hitler long after he’s dead, as I am sure he will set up The Bloomberg Foundation to compete with The Joyce Foundation for the honor of being the most leftarded antigun organization in America.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      funny you should call that little $hit a terrorist. . . . when I think of him, I think of the marauding horde known as ISIS and their brutal demands to do as they say;

      BTW – here is Bloomy taking a selfie . . .

    2. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      “I have my own Waffen SS army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world.” – Uh-huh.

  36. avatar jwm says:

    Isn’t there someone in kapo bloombergs circle that will take legal action to gain control of his estate before he spends himself to ruin fighting these useless crusades?

  37. avatar KCK says:

    I’m not in the district but live in the Milwaukee media market.
    Moews’ tv ad was a typical use of presetting a definition that is misleading and then using it as a conclusion. Typical political hacks.
    In this case WE all know that gun safety legislation is not that at all. But they label their bills as such, let it soak into the MSM and after a while, use the same words as though it is true. One of Moews ads accused Clarke of being “ANTI GUN SAFETY” laws. Read the all caps and you get the idea. Also while showing Clarke mounted and calling him a cowboy.
    I’m not sure the low info voter sees through all that. Hope they do/did.

  38. avatar Joe R. says:

    I’d be surprised if his net worth has taken a blip through all his shenanigans. I’d like to see someone determine (definitively) that the Bergermeister isn’t getting any disposable dough from outside the U.S.

  39. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    I think I read on Fox News that the election was too close to call. Any updates?

  40. avatar Jon says:

    I though the title read “Bloomberg Loses It Again …”
    and that picture would be the proof. LOL

  41. avatar coulphil says:

    Isn’t a classic definition of insanity, “Repeatedly doing what you always did and expecting different results?”

    Maybe Bloomberg ought to have his name put on the NICS list if it isn’t there already. And I think he, and his ilk, really should seek treatment.

    ADC USN/Ret

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