By Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — An openly gay Republican campaign worker who claims he was brutally beaten Wednesday morning for his politics and sexual orientation is meeting with the FBI Thursday, a source tells Wisconsin Reporter.
Kyle Wood, a full-time volunteer working for Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District GOP candidate Chad Lee, was hospitalized for injuries suffered during what he said was an assault at his Madison home, according to a story in The Daily Caller.
Wood’s friend, Tony Urso, told Wisconsin Reporter, Wood was expected to talk to the FBI Thursday morning. The assault that Urso said nearly knocked his friend unconscious, would appear to have the markings of a hate crime.
Madison police reportedly are investigating, and Wisconsin Reporter has made requests for the incident report.
“I was getting ready for work and there was a knock at the door,” Wood emailed The Daily Caller late Wednesday. “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*******] mouth shut.’”
“He then kidney-punched me, while at the same time saying I was ‘warned,’ and continued to beat me,” he added.
Lee is running against state Sen. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison. Baldwin is vying for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Pocan, too, is gay.