Was a Gay Wis. GOP Activist Attacked for His Views?
An openly gay man who has been volunteering in the campaign for a Wisconsin Republican House candidate was beaten in his home. He believes that the attacker was motivated by hatred of his political views.
The Daily Caller, which broke the story, also reported that Kyle Wood’s car was vandalized a week before he was physically assaulted. The vandal wrote "house trained republican faggot," "traitor" and "ur like a jew 4 hitler," according to Wood.
Wood says the slurs were in reference to his being a gay Republican who’s supporting Chad Lee. Adding another layer to the story, Wood is campaigning for a straight man who is running against a gay man, Democratic opponent Marc Pocan. Add yet another layer to the story: The politicians are fighting to replace Democrat Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who is running for Senate as an out lesbian.
Once he discovered the damages to his car, Wood wrote on his Facebook page, "If you understand either freedom or me at all you would that this will only make me work harder," he said. "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."
Then on Wednesday came the attack.
"I was getting ready for work and there was a knock at the door," Wood told the Daily Caller. "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 fucking mouth shut.’ He then kidney-punched me, while at the same time saying I was ’warned,’ and continued to beat me," he added.
Wood said he was not able to move the right side of his body after the incident. His eyes were also swollen shut and he suffered a concussion and neck and head lacerations.