SPARTA, Wis. – Today, Fond du Lac County District Attorney and law enforcement’s choice for Attorney General, Eric Toney, held a press conference outside of Monroe County Justice Center to discuss DOJ’s backlog of 1,000+ internet child sex predator referrals this year at Kaul’s Department of Justice.
Toney also noted that Kaul has failed the state by leaving key DCI Agent and DOJ Prosecutor positions unfilled. He emphasized that the Eau Claire Division of Criminal Investigation field office has been hit particularly hard from Kaul’s failures – as that field office is currently only at half staff.
“We need an Attorney General that is going to prioritize protecting families and protecting our children and make public safety the number one priority here in Wisconsin, Toney said. “That’s what I have talked about across all 72 counties in our state. Wisconsin deserves to have a prosecutor and not a politician like Josh Kaul serve as Attorney General.”
Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger complimented Eric’s leadership as a District Attorney:
“[Eric] has really been a leader across the state in all aspects of prosecution for DA’s like me and DA’s across the state. I think what’s important to get across today is Josh Kaul has failed law enforcement, he’s failed to support prosecutors, but most importantly, he’s failed to keep us safe in the state of Wisconsin.”
Monroe County Sheriff Wes Revels emphasized the importance of having an Attorney General that will support people all across the state:
“Wisconsin deserves to have an Attorney General that will be available to all 72 District Attorneys and all law enforcement agencies in the state of Wisconsin and Eric will be that Attorney General that will be for us.”
Trempealeau County Sheriff Brett Semingson said that the crime lab delays under Kaul have affected families in his county:
“The crime lab has caused some issues for the citizens in my county – we’ve had two traffic fatalities in the last couple of years – both of which resulted in nearly year long turnaround times for drug results and that’s been difficult on families in my community.
“I know that Eric Toney is going to be there for law enforcement when we need him.”
“I am very proud to have bipartisan support – 83%, or 60 out of our 72 sheriffs – have endorsed me. This includes Republicans, Democrats and Independents.”
Toney was joined at today’s press conference by Monroe County Sheriff Wes Revels, Trempealeau County Sheriff Brett Semingson and Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger.
District Attorney Eric Toney has endorsements from over 100 Republican and Democrat Sheriffs, District Attorneys, and Police Chiefs, and has been unanimously endorsed by the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, the Milwaukee Police Association, the Racine Police Association, the West Allis Professional Police Association, the Waukesha County Chiefs of Police Association, the Racine Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, the Kenosha Professional Police Association, the Wisconsin Troopers Association, and the Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization.