Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a Democrat, will be speaking at the Republican National Convention next week, set for July 18-21 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
That announcement was made this morning and it ensures that Wisconsin will be well represented at the upcoming Republican National Convention. In addition to Clarke, Rep. Sean Duffy of Weston was also announced as a convention speaker this morning. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus of Kenosha will also address attendees as will Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville, which was previously announced.
All told, 5 of the 62 total speakers at the event will be from Wisconsin.
Clarke was appointed Milwaukee County Sheriff in 2002 by Republican Gov. Scott McCallum. He has won four terms as a Democrat, despite taking many hardline conservative positions on a variety of issues and being a frequent presence on conservative radio and television stations.
The Republican National Convention’s theme, “Make America Great Again,” will focus on the core themes of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump’s campaign: national security, immigration, trade, and jobs.
The convention rules committee is meeting today and tomorrow. Anti-Trump delegates are expected to push for a “conscience clause” that would allow delegates to vote for whichever presidential candidate they want on the first nominating ballot. Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate who’s a leader of the “Dump-Trump” effort, needs to get 28 people on the 112-member committee to back her plan for it to advance to a vote before the full convention.