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Clarke has swelling national attention. He was even given a speaking spot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. After the convention, Clarke's activities have been odd. He has become more active on social media and travels often. His recent controversies have been closely monitored by Daniel Bice, a watchdog columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who seems to be obsessed over everything the sheriff does.
Charlie Sykes, the former southeastern Wisconsin radio host, has begun to attack Clarke for not focusing enough of his time in Milwaukee anymore. This has led to a war of words between the two of them, especially on Twitter.
A January 2017 poll from Public Policy Polling found that only 31 percent of Milwaukee county's voters approve of how Clarke is doing as sheriff while 62 percent disapprove. In the next election, liberal organizations are going to be more determined than ever to defeat him. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, had his political action committee spend $150,000 to support Lieutenant Chris Moews in the last primary. Bloomberg will likely be back.
It seems to me that Clarke is going to leave politics and join the media. I'd can't see why he wouldn't become a Fox News contributor if he retired. He even has a book coming out with the help of ghostwriter Nancy French. If Clarke does run for another term, the only thing he will probably have going for him his low-turnout. Even with that, I'm not sure it will be enough to get him over 50 percent.
As of now, I don't think Clarke will run for another term. There are simply too many mounting challenges.