In news that should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with politics, David Clarke, the far right-wing Republican sheriff from Wisconsin, is now reportedly in line for a post in Homeland Security within the Trump administration.
Clarke, 60, the longtime outspoken law enforcement king of Milwaukee County, is being considered for the position of assistant secretary at DHS’ Office of Partnership and Engagement.
The position would not require Senate confirmation and would involve coordination and outreach to state, local and tribal officials.
Clarke, the county’s 64th sheriff and a favorite guest on Fox News, has long been a very vocal and unqualified supporter of President Donald Trump and an enemy of former President Barack Obama.
But the sheriff recently facing national scrutiny for the firs time as a result of the death of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration in a Milwaukee County Jail cell after the guards turned off his water.
Clarke has also come under fire for a trip to Russia that he made in 2015 where he reportedly met with Dmitry Rogozin, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deputies.
While Clarke is being considered, a senior official told Politico that it is “not a done deal yet.”