Just when you think that you can rely on a district attorney to uphold the integrity of the justice system…some idiot comes along acting like early man….pathetic.

The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association called Friday for Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth R. Kratz to resign over sexually suggestive text messages he sent to a crime victim last year.

In a public letter to Kratz, the association said his actions were “repugnant” and were “neither unintentional nor innocent.”

“Your behavior has cast aspersions on our entire profession,” says the letter, which was approved by a unanimous resolution of the group’s executive committee.

The letter goes on to say that the association’s members would fire any of their subordinates who communicated with a crime victim in a similar manner. They also wrote that they would ask Gov. Jim Doyle to determine whether Kratz could be removed from office if he doesn’t resign.

Doyle spokesman Adam Collins said Friday that the governor is “very surprised and shocked by these deeply troubling accounts.” Doyle will be in contact with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen “to discuss all options,” Collins said.

Short of a resignation, Kratz could be removed from office through a recall election or by the governor.

Ken Kratz text messages:

Kratz: It was nice talking with you! Feel free to text me (between 8 and 4) if you are bored. You have such potential. See ya. KEN (your favorite DA).

Kratz: I’m not worried…well maybe just a little. I’m more curious what made me text you?

Kratz: Ok. We’ll go with that answer. Thanks for putting up with me so far. I wish you weren’t one of this office’s clients. You’d be a cool person to know!

Kratz: No text yet today? I’m feeling ignored. Are you even up yet?

Kratz: Oh no. I hope you feel better. Do you need me to bring some chicken soup.

Kratz: I can do, but you are awfully sweet. Just don’t tell anyone, ok?

Kratz: Seriously I hope you feel better soon. Please keep in touch. Its maybe not the wisest thing

Kratz: How about a margarita? That has some fruit juice in it!

Kratz: I know this is wrong. I am such a honest guy, and straight shooter…but I have to know more about you. Does that make sense to you? I bet u get this a lot!

Kratz: Are u the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA…the riskier the better? Or do you want to stop right now before any issues?

Kratz: I need direction from you. Yes you are a risk taker and can keep your mouth shut and you think this is fun. or you think a man twice your age is creepy so stop

Kratz: Ok. No problem. Either way I think you are very nice. I am very smart, but know this is ALL up to you and really does depend how close to the edge you live!

Kratz: Still wondering if I’m worth it?

Kratz: Can I help you answer any questions?

Kratz: You don’t say much, do you?

Kratz: When you are that pretty, I guess you don’t have to! (now the compliments start).

Kratz: Its true. Why would such a successful, respected attorney be actling like he’s in 7th grade? Are you worried about me?

Kratz: You should never lie to me! Obviously we have talents and things to offer that the other is intrigued by, or you would have called me creepy! You wanna accept

Kratz: Me either. Its supid. Have u ever been spoiled by someone? I mean like being taken care of and spoil him with attention in return? Without ever saying no?

Kratz: If you are not worth that kind of passion, we’ll know it right away. For now I’m just suggesting we find out. Its either perfect or I’m not going to do it!

Kratz: Hey..Miss Communication, what’s with the sticking point? Your low self-esteem and you fear you can’t successfully play in my big sandbox? Or???

Kratz: I’m leaving for the day. Let me know after 8 tomorrow. You will be either excited or grossed out about the opportunity you have. But it will only come once!

Kratz: What do you hope your life looks like in 5 yrs? What kind of residence? A job, making how much in the household? A relationship with what kind of guy? $$$?

Kratz: How are you feeling today. You stopped talking yesterday.

Kratz: Are you serious? Ok? That’s it? Are you busy? Are you in a board meeting? You are beautiful and would make a great young partner someday. But I won’t beg!

Kratz: I’m serious! Im the atty. I have the $350,000 house. I have the 6-figure career. You may have the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize! Start convincing

Kratz: Finally an opinion. I would not expect you to be the other woman. I would want you to be so hot and treat me so well that you’d be THE woman! R U that good?

Kratz: You forgot to write me for the last time saying you could never give me enough attention to steal me away, and you are so modest that you wouldn’t know how to!

Kratz: And that you may look good at first glance, but women that are blonde, 6ft tall, long legs and great bodies don’t like to be shown off or to please their men!

A Blogger notes:

Texting a victim about her low self-esteem and suggesting she fears she’s can’t successfully “play in [his] big sandbox” is not professional.

Kratz obviously wanted to keep the messages out of the media because they are so inappropriate and could damage his career.  Moreover, he lied about the messages not being sexual in nature.

The fact that Kratz was harassing a victim in this manner is very troubling.

It’s also troubling that the “state Office of Lawyer Regulation determined that no professional misconduct had occurred.”


Kratz did not conduct himself professionally.  I don’t think this is a gray area.

Kratz texted, “Why would such a successful, respected attorney be actling like he’s in 7th grade?”

That’s a good question!

Citizens of Calumet County deserve a district attorney that can be trusted to behave better than a junior high kid.  Kratz should be committed to serving the community in a professional manner rather than serving his own desires.

I think Kratz’s texts go beyond embarrassing. They’re not befitting an individual holding the office of district attorney.

2 thoughts on “DUH A

  1. Excellent post — I figured i’d come here, as you’d read my blog today and appreciated it. The actual texts are disgusting once you get about seven or eight in — being worried about her being sick was about the most _normal_ thing about them. And the only thing that showed _any_ sense of seeing a person outside himself.

    I find these texts to be profoundly narcissistic in nature as well as juvenile and offensive. And I’m glad the Wisconsin District Attorney’s Association has called upon him to resign.

    No, this is _not_ a gray area. And I agree with you — and with the WI DA’s Ass’n, too — that Mr. Kratz must resign. Now.

  2. Thanks and Your Welcome! I agree with you totally and as always male power and privilege abused again! I hope that the good citizens of Calumet County ask for a recall or Gov. Doyle removes this neanderthal. Makes you wonder if there have been any other victims harassed by him? Perhaps the Super Glue Ladies that her prosecuted?

    Please join the facebook petition that is going around!

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