Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who’s facing a tough primary challenge from Milwaukee Police Detective Chris Moews, seems to be avoiding two public debates scheduled for the two candidates, as noted by Moews in a recent press release:
Noting that Sheriff David Clarke had not confirmed his attendance at two already-scheduled debates, Sheriff candidate Chris Moews called on Clarke to meet the challenge Tuesday night.
“With the race as close as it currently stands, you would think the sheriff would be more willing to appear at these debates,” Moews said in a statement. “Good citizens have taken the time to schedule these debates and the voters deserve to know the direction that each candidate wants to take the Sheriff’s Department.”
Two local civic groups have scheduled forums for Clarke and Moews, but Clarke has refused to commit.
“We’re disappointed that Sheriff Clarke is unable to make a commitment to appear at our forum,” said Kathy Grothe of the Capitol West Neighborhood Association. “We would like our residents to make an intelligent choice on September 14th, so I’m disappointed he has been unwilling to make his case to the voters.”
“It is unfortunate that Sheriff Clarke will not be available for our very important community event,” said Bill Lang of Voces de la Frontera. “However, it is an opportunity to get to know [Moews and Republican Steven Duckhorn] even though Clarke has rejected our invitation.”
The Moews campaign pointed out that the Sheriff may not feel confident debating because of his record.
“The Clarke campaign has always focused on the Sheriff’s ‘record and accomplishments’ although they have never provided examples of either,” Moews campaign manager Dave Broker said. “Given the fact the Sheriff hasn’t hired a single new deputy since 2003 and is known for focusing more on his right-wing politics than actual law enforcement, I can’t say I blame them.”
The Capitol West Neighborhood Association forum is scheduled for September 2, while the Voces de la Frontera debate is scheduled for August 29th. While Chris Moews has accepted invitations to both events, Sheriff David Clarke has not, but given Clarke’s dismal record as Milwaukee County Sheriff, I can’t blame him for not wanting to debate someone like Chris Moews, who has some great ideas on how to change the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department for the better.