The Latest: Kaul tweaks Schimel on sexual assault kits
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Latest on the first debate between Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel and Democratic challenger Josh Kaul (all times local):
Democratic attorney general hopeful Josh Kaul is tweaking Republican incumbent Brad Schimel for taking too long to test thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault kits during their first debate.
The state Department of Justice received federal grants to begin testing thousands of kits sitting on police and hospital shelves in 2015. Testing wasn’t complete until this September. Schimel says it took time to inventory the kits and find private labs with capacity to test them.
Kaul began a debate with Schimel on Friday by accusing him of mishandling the kits and allowing dangerous criminals to roam the streets when they could have been identified sooner through the testing. He also chided Schimel for spending money on DOJ promotional material rather than prioritizing the kits.
Schimel countered that the testing is done and he solved a decades-long problem in three years. He also said he has reduced the threshold for spending on promotional items.