Race for Milwaukee County Sheriff sees big influx of outside cash

CREATED Aug 7, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Unprecedented sums of money are being spent in the Milwaukee County Sheriff's race.  Most of it, to unseat David Clarke.

Sheriff Clarke is talking up his take charge, don't coddle criminals message with voters. His opponent Lieutenant Chris Moews tells voters he is more about results than rhetoric.
 
Both candidates were at National Night out in Cudahy Thursday night working the crowd. They don't see eye to eye when it comes to crime. Clarke has been Sheriff for 12 years.
 
"This is caused by a revolving door justice system," said Clarke.  "A lenient judiciary that will not adequately punish people for continued violent acts." 
 
Moews is a Lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department.
 
"The difference between Sheriff Clarke and myself is I believe that once people are in jail we should try to address the root cause of the criminality," said Moews, "like mental issues and drug and alcohol issues."
 
The race for sheriff is a rematch. Four years ago Clarke beat Moews by six points. But this time around the race is attracting unprecedented outside money.
 
"Keep you hands off our guns, dammit," Clarke says in the TV ad. 
 
The liberal leaning Greater Wisconsin Committee is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV ads critical of Clarke's self defense views and his suggestion that calling  9-1-1 may not be a best option. 
 
"Am I big on a person's right to be able to defend themselves, Yes. You know why? Because it's a natural right," said Clarke.
 
Moews sees it differently.
 
"If I have the opportunity to defend myself and my family I will do so to the best of my abilities," said Moews. "But I'm certainly also going to call 9-1-1 if I have the ability because I need the cavalry to come and help me."
 
Clarke and Moews are running as Democrats. The winner Tuesday moves onto the November Election.