Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke on Thursday responded to groups urging him to run next year for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Madison, saying he’s considering a run but the odds of it happening are “less than 50 percent.”
“I never say never; I haven’t totally closed the door, but I think it’s less than 50 percent that I’d run for the Senate,” Clarke told hosts on the Fox & Friends TV show in a Thursday interview.
Multiple out-of-state groups are attempting to draft Clarke to run for the seat currently held by Baldwin, a first-term Democrat who’s up for re-election next year. Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter made a public appeal at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week for Clarke to enter the race.
Clarke has run for sheriff as a Democrat but is an outspoken conservative and supporter of GOP President Donald Trump.
If he were to run for statewide office, he almost certainly would do so as a Republican. Clarke, appointed sheriff in 2002 and re-elected four times since, in recent years has assumed a growing national profile.
Republicans who have said they’re considering Senate runs include state Sen. Leah Vukmir, state Rep. Dale Kooyenga, businessman Eric Hovde and Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson.
Baldwin campaign manager Scott Spector said in a memo to supporters in January that she’s “in strong position” to win re-election.