Kyle Wood has retracted claims that he was attacked in his home for working on the campaign for Chad Lee, a Republican vying for a congressional seat from Wisconsin.

Wood said he was attacked by gay liberals because he is a gay Republican.

The Isthmus Daily Page quoted Captain Joe Balles, commander of the South District Madison Police Department, as saying that Wood no longer stands by his story about being assaulted and choked on October 24.

In comments to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wood said the attack was “terrifying.”

“All of the a sudden, there was something around my neck, so I couldn't breathe – I mean, I could breathe enough to live, but I couldn't scream. All I could think about was getting it off my neck,” he said.

Wisconsin state Rep. Mark Pocan, an openly gay Democrat, is running against Lee for the 2nd Congressional District.

Wood also claimed that Pocan's partner, Philip Frank, had sent him a series of threatening text messages in the days leading up to the attack, making Pocan and Frank the leading suspects.

“Those did not occur,” Balles said. “I'm not going to get into the specifics of how we know that.”

Conservative website Media Trackers published several of the fictitious texts, including one which read: “Remember your station in life and remember not to cross the husband of a powerful man. You are on shaky footing as it is, push much farther and you won't have a future in this town, or any other.”

Balles said Wood could face charges, though he gave no details.

Frank's lawyer, Tamara Packard, said Frank and Pocan were considering filing a libel suit against Wood.