A group representing his colleagues calls on an embattled district attorney to quit. The Executive Committee of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association is calling on Calumet County D.A. Ken Kratz to resign. “Your behavior has cast aspersions on our entire profession,” states a resolution released by the association. “It has generated the question of whether our crime victims, whose interests we serve, may now hesitate when considering whether to share their personal information with us or participate in our prosecutions. It is impossible to fathom how any crime victim in your county could ever do so with your office in the future.”
Kratz has come under pressure to resign since the Associated Press reported this week that he repeatedly “sexted” a domestic abuse victim while prosecuting her ex-boyfriend last year. The WDAA has no supervisory authority over the state’s elected district attorneys, but the resolution urges Kratz to “reflect, objectively, on your conduct,” which the group calls “improper, disturbing, and repugnant.” Kratz has stated that he has no plans to resign and intends to seek reelection when his term expires.
“Alternatively, we will ask Governor Doyle to review this matter and evaluate whether your conduct meets the standard for removal from office,” the statement concludes.