Recently retired Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr. announced Tuesday he will join the super PAC devoted to electing candidates who support the Trump-Pence administration.
Both the super PAC, America First Action, and a spokesperson for Clarke announced that he would join the team as a senior advisor and spokesman, reported Fox News.
“It’s truly an honor to join the America First Action team, most importantly because we share the same values that most hard-working, law-abiding Americans do,” Clarke, who surprisingly resigned last week from his post as sheriff, said in a statement Tuesday. “It gives me the chance to do what I love most—promote President Trump’s agenda, including his fierce support for the American law enforcement officer, and ensure the will of the American people who got President Trump elected is not derailed by the left or the self-serving Washington establishment.”
“I will help make sure we elect the candidates who will do what they promise in support of President Trump’s agenda,” Clarke said in an email announcing his move, according to the New York Post.
In June, there appeared to be some mixed signals. Clarke announced that he had rescinded his acceptance of a post in the Office of Public Engagement for the Department of Homeland Security. However, the office had never confirmed that it offered him the job, in which he would have served as a liaison between DHS and state and local law enforcement.
Since Clarke stepped down as sheriff last week, there has been rumors that he would take a post within Trump’s administration.
After nearly 40 years serving my community I'm retiring. What a ride! I will announce my future plans next week after the Labor Day holiday. pic.twitter.com/pYbv7txCEZ
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) September 1, 2017
On Friday, DHS pointed Fox News to its announcement in June that “Sheriff Clarke is no longer being considered for a position within DHS.”
“His status with DHS has not changed,” a DHS official told Fox News. Also Friday, the White House told Fox News that it had “no announcement” in regards to a potential administration post for Clarke.
“David Clarke is an American patriot, and we are very proud to welcome him to America First,” Brian O. Walsh, president of the PAC, said Tuesday. “Having spent a lifetime in law enforcement –protecting and serving his community and fighting for justice and the Second Amendment –Sheriff Clarke doesn’t just believe in making America safe again; he’s devoted his life to it.”
Clarke has built a loyal following among LEOs and conservatives with his social media presence during the 2016 presidential campaign. The former sheriff is viewed as a voice for many cops across America. He also spoke at the Republican National Convention last July.
“After almost forty years serving the great people of Milwaukee County, I have chosen to retire to pursue other opportunities,” Clarke wrote last week. “I will have news about my next steps in the very near future.”
The news of his next steps are now known.
Clarke recently published a memoir, titled, “Cop Under Fire.” President Trump has thought highly of the former sheriff as evidence by his recent comment regarding the book, “A great book by a great guy, highly recommended!”
A great book by a great guy, highly recommended! https://t.co/3jbDDN8YmJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
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