Sheriff Clarke rallies with Joe Vitollo in Albany

November 04, 2018 02:03 PM

The Republican Candidate in the 20th Congressional District received some last minute campaign support from a very big name. 

Former Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke visited Albany to help support Republican candidate Joe Vitollo. The rally was held at the Albany Polish Center. 

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"I was brought in to help rally the base. I tell people forget about the polls, the only thing that matters right now are actual voters," said Sheriff Clarke. 

If Vitollo's name sounds familiar, it's because in 2016 he also ran on the ballot against Democratic incumbent congressman Paul Tonko. He has held the office for five terms. 

"I always say if you elect a politician, you're going to get political behavior in Washington D.C. has lead to something that are not in the best interest of the American people, they're in the interest of people's political future," said Clarke. 

Vitollo and Tonko hold platforms that are in stark contrast to each other. Tonko is pushing for a ban on assault weapons and accountability in education, while Vitollo says updating infrastructure is key for New York State. 

Unlike Tonko who has served 40+ years in the political office, Vitollo's tenure has been spent mostly outside of politics. He is a nurse, owned a construction company and been a pastor. Joe is also the father to six children and sixteen grandchildren. He says he believes having a diverse life is key to making a difference in office. 

"Republican and Democrats alike have been doing filthy dirty things to the American people by taking the tax dollars away and sucking the life out of them. I believe President Trump wants to change that and I want to be a part in changing that" said Vitollo. 


Brooke Selby

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