Kyle Wood, a full-time volunteer on Wisconsin Republican Chad Lee's House campaign, was reportedly savagely beaten at his home on Wednesday. The openly-gay Republican is claiming that his sexuality was the basis for the attack. Wood detailed the assault, which landed him in the hospital, in an interview with conservative news outlet The Daily Caller.
"I was getting ready for work and there was a knock at the door," Wood said in an e-mail interview. "I opened it, and a guy wrapped a ligature around my neck, slammed my head into the doorway, and smashed my face into a mirror, telling me ‘You should have kept your [f**king] mouth shut.'"
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According to Wood, the violence didn't end there. The assailant apparently continued beating him, while claiming that the victim was previously "warned" (we'll come back to that in a moment); the attacker also "kidney-punched" him.
The attack initially left Wood unable to move portions of his body. In addition to a concussion, his eyes were also swollen shut and he had markings on his head and neck. The official incident report reads:
A 29-year old High St. resident contacted the MPD Wednesday morning to report a battery inside his residence. The victim said a man entered through an unlocked door around 8:00 a.m. and attacked him. He said nothing was taken. Investigators believe this was not a random crime. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.
But let's get back to the aforementioned warning that was mentioned during the alleged assault. Wood believes that the comment was made in reference to graffiti that the victim found on his car a week before the incident. According to Wood, the messages on his car read, "house trained republican faggot," "traitor," and "ur like a jew 4 hitler."
The DC reports that Wood believes that initial comments were clearly linked to the attack. Furthermore, the vulgar comments were references to his job with Lee (Lee's opponent, Mark Pocan, is openly gay as well). Prior to the attack -- but after finding the messages on his car -- the campaign volunteer responded to the perpetrator on Facebook, writing, "You can think whatever you like about me, but I will not be bullied into voting for a gay man simply because I am gay."
The Cap Times has more about how authorities are currently viewing the case:
“We try to protect victims’ rights and privacy,” says police spokesman Howard Payne.
“The detectives have been out this morning and into the afternoon hours interviewing individuals trying to find out who this suspect is,” he says.
He says police don’t believe it was a random attack.
“We believe there was some connection of some sort the existed between the victim in this case and the assailant,” he says.
He wouldn’t say if the case was being investigated as a hate crime.
“Right now we’re not at liberty to say because we don’t know,” he says. “We won’t know if that was the case until we develop a suspect.”
Police in Wisconsin are currently continuing their investigation, as Wood is recovering and claims that he will not be "intimidated or threatened into abandoning" his values.
(H/T: The Daily Caller)