Wisconsin State Senator Neal Kedzie says his son was physically assaulted while trying to stop an unknown suspect from stealing his Romney/Ryan front yard sign in Whitewater, Wis. on Friday, WMTV reports.
"Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately," Sen. Kedzie said in a statement. "The individual returned the sign, however, a second person confronted and attacked Sean without warning."
Kedzie says his son was wrestled to the ground by both individuals, held down with a chokehold and hit in the face and head numerous times.
"He nearly passed out from the chokehold and suffered contusions to his face and eyes," the statement continued. Following the commotion, a neighbor reportedly "scared the individuals away" and called the police.
Here's more from the Wisconsin senator's statement:
My wife and I were awakened by a telephone call from Sean’s roommate that Sean had been taken by ambulance to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.
Sean was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital the same day.
As this was a private family matter, we chose not to remark publicly about it and allow law enforcement to do their job. But we understand these types of incidents will eventually become public and questions will arise, particularly in my position as a state legislator.
Sean is still recovering from the injuries he sustained as a result of this beating, and we are confident he will make a full recovery.
But obviously, as parents, we are shaken by this event and very troubled it was apparently initiated and motivated for political reasons.
WMTV reports that the incident is currently under investigation by the Whitewater Police Department.
Update: Sen. Neal Kedzie's son, Sean Kedzie, did an interview with 1130 WISN's Mark Belling. To listen to the interview, click here.