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Embattled Kenosha District Attorney’s Second-In-Command Announces Bid For DA

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Kenosha County Deputy District Attorney Carli McNeill (D)
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

The embattled Kenosha District Attorney, Michael Graveley (D), who has drawn the ire of both the left and the right over the last several years, is retiring next year. Graveley, a progressive, has come under fire from the right for charging Kyle Rittenhouse, a then-17-year-old child, for murder in the self-defense shootings during the Kenosha riots. Both Graveley, and his number two-in-command Carli McNeill, charged Rittenhouse knowing they could not prove the case to a jury. McNeill was the prosecutor who actually signed the complaint against the young man, and later gave the case to a different prosecutor, T. Clair Binger, who lost the case in front of a live audience of millions.

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Kenosha D.A. Mike Graveley (File Photo Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Graveley is also pressing forward against Chrystul Kizer, who fatally shot her alleged sex trafficker. Harvard law students sent a letter to Graveley saying that Graveley’s decision to prosecute Kizer was a “cause for concern” and a “breach” of professional responsibilities.”

For this decision, the left has called for Graveley to resign.

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Graveley knew that his decisions that were based on politics, and not sound legal analysis would certainly prevent him from winning another term. Graveley was elected twice to office – both elections, he ran unopposed. Graveley hand-picked his successor, Carli McNeill in May of 2021 when he named her as his Deputy.

McNeill, a life-long liberal democrat has reported that she will seek office as a Republican, hoping to trick right-leaning voters. She also hopes to benefit from the now-red Kenosha county voters. Kenosha County elected the first-ever majority conservative county board and county executive last year. McNeill’s Facebook page details a woman who surrounds herself with area progressives and has even called former President Trump an insurrectionist.

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Lifelong Democrat Ray Rowe ran for Sheriff as a Republican last year and the Republicans voters dismissed him and voted overwhelmingly for Sheriff David Zoener.

The partisan primary election, if needed, will be August 13, 2024. The general election will be November 5, 2024.

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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25 Responses

  1. Running for office under a false flag shows dishonesty from day 1. But socalist are not about honesty and serving the public in good faith . Look back at the riots and the continuing shuffling of cases to out of county DAs because of Socalist politics. Remember Kenosha you get what you vote for ! You want more socalist politics in the DA s office and a person attempting to gas light the people from day one . Then she is your person .

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  2. Spread this info far and wide!!! WE cannot have another fake republican serving the people

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  3. People of Kenosha stand up !!! it’s time to change this corrupt system, Get Gravely out.
    along with Carli Mcneal, these two need to go they are a large part that is wrong with are justice system in Kenosha , Dis honest. WE need new fresh honest people to do this job .

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    1. The problem is getting someone to run against these idiots!! Some times you have no choice, just like when Steinbrink ran again for Village President of Pleasant Prairie…no one ran against him, so we are stuck with that clown once again!!

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  4. Isn’t there some crazy Kenosha law that prevents anyone not a member of the bar in Kenosha from being able to run?

  5. Running as a Republican can’t be anything more than her crew trolling county republicans. Kinda like the MSM does. And the DA’s office. Is there a jailhouse snitch who can get to come forward to confirm?

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  6. I say McNeil has learned how to be a Republican DA from the DAs of our neighboring counties. RINOs Patricia Hanson and Zeke Wiedenfeld.

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  7. Thank God gravely’s leaving.
    He’s very political who he prosecutes.
    I think he’s a very dishonest DA.
    Look at the different people he decides a prosecute and others never says a word about or cuts them a deal.

  8. Carli McNeal is what is wrong with the DA’s office. You don’t wake up and say “I think I will be a republican today.” Okay Barbie!

  9. Carli is one of the biggest jokes in the law profession, a few years ago I had someone trash my house and steal a gun from the house when I was away for work, a few week’s later the guy was pulled over in a car that the driver was driving drunk and he threw the gun in her purse because he knew he wasn’t allowed to have a gun on him, cops arrested him on an outstanding warrant and the driver for DUI. I was called that they found my gun but couldn’t prove it was him in possession of it. After a few weeks of having my own private investigator dig up things we had the concrete proof he was the one that was in possession of it.
    Myself and my lawyer presented the evidence to the useless KPD detective and the DA office. They both sat on the evidence for exactly one year to run out the clock of statute of limitations and then decided that since the time passed they couldn’t charge them. Lo and behold I filed a complaint with the state and both were reprimanded by the state for their actions. I will never vote for this useless twat. And I can’t wait for her to hold an election forum so I can publicly call her out on her bullshit and ineptness.

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    1. I agree with you in general, however, if you are talking about the statute felon in possession, burglary or other felonies it is 6 years, if it’s a misdemeanor it’s 3 years. So your numbers don’t add up. Second, the state does not reprimand the police, it comes from their agency unless there is a violation of law.
      Again, I agree with your thoughts on the potential candidate, but your other stuff is incorrect as stated,

      1. While you are correct on certain aspects of this, one of the underlying issues was the person who trashed the house was staying there while I was away, so they used an obscured law saying he had legal rights to the house since they were house-sitting. Which covers a one year clause for charges to be presented. As for the police officer being reprimanded. Was because I didn’t go directly to the department. But the state department of justice and filed for a violation of Marsy law and that they violated my right as a victim.

  10. ¨T. Clair Binger, who lost the case in front of a live audience of millions.”

    Ah, sweet memories 🙂

  11. She has a right to run, state the case for her candidacy and explain her job performance and view of the future.

    The job of district attorney in an urban county is a management job. The Kenosha County DA’s office has had many good trials lawyers as district attorney but they were not necessarily good managers. And Kenosha County Law Enforcement is broken and has been for years.

    What is her vision? What are her prosecution priorities? What would she do to start long overdue conversations about crime and justice in Kenosha? We don’t know. But we do know that we can’t keep doing the same things that have been done for decades and expect better results.

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  12. Can we just get someone in to the DA position that will prosecute and get convictions and not keep asking Walworth County to handle touchy cases.

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