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.
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
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
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
“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
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.