As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is hinting that he’d consider running against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2016.
In an interview this week with the Journal Sentinel, Clarke, who has been highly critical of Barrett’s tenure as mayor, said he was sizing up a possible run. But he said he would not make a decision until after his re-election bid as sheriff this fall.
“After that, I’m going to sit down with some trusted people…to see about the viability of a candidacy against an incumbent,” Clarke said.
Does he mean Barrett?
“Sure, the viability of taking on an incumbent mayor. That’s an uphill climb. But I do think running for governor in the recall weakened him. He’s vulnerable. I’m going to sit down with people I know and I trust who will be honest with me whether it’s viable to take on an incumbent mayor and actually win. I’m not a guy who runs just to run,” Clarke said.
While Sheriff Clarke’s name recognition might serve to help him if he chose to run against Tom Barrett, I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict Clarke would still lose the election by at least 20 percentage points.