With a brash, unapologetic personality reminiscent of President Donald Trump, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is positioning himself as an in-your-face conservative firebrand who has some Republicans swooning over his prospects for higher office.
The tough-talking, cowboy-hat wearing lawman is also one of the most polarizing figures in Wisconsin politics, frequently dishing out eyebrow-raising comments that make even his one-time supporters blanch.
At a pre-inauguration party for Trump last month, Clarke addressed the crowd and told them his idea of bipartisanship.
"I am one of those bare-knuckle fighters," he said. "When I hear people say we need to...