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 McNeil, charged Rittenhouse knowing they could not prove the case to a jury. McNeil 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.
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.
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 McNeil in May of 2021 when he named her as his Deputy.
McNeil, 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. McNeil’s Facebook page details a woman who surrounds herself with area progressives and has even called former President Trump an insurrectionist.
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.