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MADISON (WKOW) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Governor Jim Doyle are meeting to discuss possible disciplinary action or investigations into the Calumet Co. D.A. accused of sending racy text messages to an abuse victim.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Gov. Doyle says he expects a petition to be filed requesting that Calumet County D.A. Ken Kratz be removed from office. He said once that happens, he will move quickly. He said he will name a commissioner and will set a hearing date to discuss the removal of Kratz from his position. Disciplinary action would fall on the governor's office and could include removal from office.  Wisconsin governors do have the power to remove county officials like Kratz for cause.

Van Hollen told 27 News he was "aghast" by the district attorney's actions and says, "something needs to be done."

Calumet Co. D.A. Ken Kratz admitted Friday to sending 30 racy text messages to a domestic abuse victim, supposedly trying to stir up a sexual relationship and affair.

The victim in the case told police that Kratz also said he was downgrading the domestic abuse charges against the victim's significant other from felony to misdemeanor, according to public records released by Van Hollen's office.

UW political science professor Howard Schweber told 27 News on Monday he thinks Kratz should resign if he actually sent the messages to the victim.

Schweber formally worked for a prosecutor in Seattle, Washington, and says the sanctity of the relationship between district attorney and victim must always be maintained.

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