By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – An openly gay campaign worker for a GOP congressional candidate has told police he fabricated his story that he was brutally attacked in his Madison home — an assault, he had claimed, that was related to his political affiliation and sexual orientation.
Kyle Wood, 29, in an interview Monday afternoon with Madison police detectives, “recanted his earlier statements” regarding the crime, according to a release from the Madison Police Deaprtment.
“This crime, alleged to have occurred on High Street in the South Police District, will be cleared as ‘unfounded’ for case reporting purposes,” the release states. “Once follow-up investigation is completed MPD’s case file will be reviewed with Dane County District Attorney’s Office.”
Wood could now face obstruction charges or charges of filing a false police report, Madison police told the Wisconsin State Journal Monday.
Wood, a full-time volunteer for Chad Lee, the Republican candidate in the 2nd Congressional race against state Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, originally told The Daily Caller that was attacked Wednesday when he answered his door at around 8 a.m. Wood claimed an unknown man with a muscular build “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.”
Wood said the man told him that he had been “warned.”
Wood, who was hospitalized Wednesday, told Wisconsin Reporter and several other media outlets the same story, including allegations that his car had been previously vandalized with epithets related to his political affiliation and sexual orientation — “Housetrained Republican faggot,” and “You’re like a Jew for Hitler.”
Wood told Wisconsin Reporter on Friday that he had recently stepped up his Facebook arguments concerning his support for Lee. He claimed supporters of Pocan, who also is openly gay, attacked him online as a traitor to the Madison-area gay community.
“That’s not a very popular thing to do in Madison when you’re a gay man,” he told Wisconsin Reporter. “I’m assuming that was probably my warning.”
He also told Wisconsin Reporter that the FBI was involved in the investigation, an investigation he said was expanding in scope. His claim was confirmed by another source, but police would not confirm the claims.
In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday, Wood reportedly told the newspaper that reports of the FBI probe were not true.
Just hours before police announced that Wood had recanted, Wood appears to have claimed another victim. The conservative news organization Media Trackers on Monday reported that Wood had provided harassing text messages that Media Trackers claimed came from Pocan’s spouse.
“Individuals who know Wood verified the accuracy of his claims to Media Trackers but those claims now appear to be false,” the organization reported on its site Monday evening.
Media Trackers called Wood’s conduct “despicable.”
Mainstream media outlets, such as The Capital Times, reported Wood’s story about being attacked, although a story from the Wisconsin State Journal, which has a working relationship with the liberal Capital Times, on Monday seemed to suggest that the story was the sole domain of conservative news outlets. Wood told Wisconsin Reporter the Wisconsin State Journal wanted to tell his story after it was picked up by other mainstream news outlets.
Before he recanted, speaking with Wisconsin Reporter off the record, Wood offered salacious accusations that pointed to serious crimes. Wisconsin Reporter demanded Wood offer proof of his claims. The last contact Wisconsin Reporter had with Wood was on Saturday afternoon, when he called to say he could provide a witness and other evidence to support his claims. He added that the state Attorney General’s Office was involved in the investigation.
Steve Means, executive assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, on Monday afternoon told Wisconsin Reporter the DOJ could not “confirm what you’ve been told and have no further comment.”
The release from the police department was posted online a short time later.
Wisconsin Reporter left several unanswered messages with Wood beginning early Monday afternoon.
Wisconsin Reporter’s last email message to Wood, at 8:25 p.m. Monday, asking him directly if he had lied about his story to police and news media, was not returned.
On Friday, Wood told Wisconsin Reporter he had finally slept on Thursday night for the first time since he was allegedly attacked.
We can’t help but wonder how Wood will sleep now.
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