Kyle Wood, Gay Republican Campaign worker admits story of being beaten was a lie.
posted at 10/31/2012 10:25 AM EDT
Wood, an openly gay GOP supporter in Wisconsin, claimed last week that he was the victim of a brutal assualt at his home. Wood told police that at 8AM he answered his door only to be confronted by a large man who threatened him, and then physically assaulted him, an assault which required medical treatment. Wood also subsequently claimed that the gay partner of of Representatice Mark Pocan (D), who is running for reelection sent him threatening text messages leading up to the attack. Pocan is facing Chad Lee, whom Wood supports in the upcoming election. Police have determined that no text messages were sent to Wood. Brings to mind the young McCain campaign worker who in 2008 claimed she was beaten by a large black man who also carved a 'B' into her face. He story was quickly determined to be false, but not before generating a lot of buzz and angry commentary from the right wing establishment.
Chad Lee campaign worker Kyle Wood recants story that he was attacked for being gay and Republican
Kyle Wood, a campaign worker for the Republican congressional candidate Chad Lee, today recanted his statements about being assaulted and choked at his home on Oct. 24, according to Madison police.
The department updated its incident report late Monday afternoon after Wood met with detectives.
Captain Joe Balles, commander of the South District, confirms that Wood recanted his allegations of the beating.
Although he would not go into detail about the case, Balles said, "I updated that press release because I felt it was imperative we get something out there because of the politically charged background this was happening in."
He said that the department will do its "due diligence" and discuss with the district attorney's office whether any charges will be filed against Wood.
"We're in the victims business," he says. "We really need victims to come forward. We don't take matters like this lightly."
Earlier Monday afternoon, a spokesman for Rep. Mark Pocan and an attorney representing his partner, Philip Frank, said they were considering suing for libel over claims that Frank threatened Wood.
Pocan is running against Lee for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by Tammy Baldwin, who is running for U.S. Senate.
Wood, who is gay, originally claimed he was attacked because of his politics and sexual orientation.