In a letter addressed to Kelly sent Wednesday, the Democrats noted Clark’s past controversial statements about the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which helped his rise to conservative media fame, and criticized him for the four deaths that happened within a span of six months at the Milwaukee County Jail, which he oversees.
Clarke’s profile rose during the course of the 2016 campaign when he spoke at the Republican National Convention, served as a surrogate for then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on TV, and campaigned for Trump around the country.
“All the time when these people were dying, he was stumping for Donald Trump,” Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, one of the leading signatories of the letter, told Business Insider. “And so clearly, he wanted an appointment with the Trump administration. He had calculated that he wasn’t going to run for Milwaukee County Sheriff anymore. He was going to seek an appointment.”