Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has quashed speculation that he might run for U.S. Senate in 2018.

“I want to put this to rest because it’s becoming a distraction: no, I am not running for U.S. Senate,” Clarke told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna on Friday.

Clarke fueled that speculation in May, saying he had not “totally closed the door” on a run in 2018, when Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin will seek re-election.

Clarke has run for Milwaukee County sheriff as a Democrat but allies with Republicans and conservatives; he has been a particularly outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.

In the interview, Clarke slammed what he called a “scam PAC,” or political action committee, that has raised money by touting him as a potential Senate candidate. He did not specify the PAC to which he referred; multiple ones have used Clarke’s name and the possibility of him running for Senate in fundraising appeals.

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“Hang on to your money,” Clarke said.

Republicans who are considering a U.S. Senate bid next year include state Sens. Leah Vukmir and Scott Fitzgerald, state Rep. Dale Kooyenga, businessman Eric Hovde and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson.


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