War of words between Clarke, Abele grows heated

CREATED Sep. 27, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 27, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - County Executive Chris Abele says his new budget will not raise taxes, but it does call for $12 million cut from the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff David Clarke had some strong words after learning about the suggested cuts.

Clarke released this statement saying, in part, "Abele should be drug tested. He has to be on heroin to be hallucinating with that wild proposal. He might go to bed at night dreaming about being a sheriff, but when he wakes up he's the same vindictive little man he was when he went to sleep. He'll have to sue me in court to get me to accept those cuts."

Abele responded by saying, "it's unfortunate the sheriff, instead of engaging in thoughtful civil discourse, is making personal attacks and making light of a serious problem in our community and state."

During a press conference on the Affordable Care Act Monday, Abele responded further to Sheriff Clarke's comments. 
 
"I spend less time worrying about rhetoric like that and more time looking for solutions to problems that impact all of us." He said.
 
TODAY'S TMJ4 reached out to the Sheriff's Office for an interview with Clarke. A spokesperson said Clarke wasn't available.