Gay volunteer with Chad Lee campaign hospitalized after beating

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A gay volunteer for Republican Chad Lee's congressional campaign was hospitalized after being beaten at his home in Madison, Wis., on Oct. 24.

The Madison Police Department is investigating.

An incident report lists the assault as a battery and states, “A 29-year-old … resident contacted the MPD Wednesday morning to report a battery inside his residence. The victim said a man entered through an unlocked door around 8:00 a.m. and attacked him. He said nothing was taken. Investigators believe this was not a random crime. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.”

The victim, Kyle Wood, has told the conservative Daily Caller website that before the physical assault his home was vandalized.

Wood, in an email, told the Caller on Oct. 24 that he answered a knock at his door and a guy wrapped a ligature around his neck, slammed his head into the doorway, smashed his face into a mirror and told him to keep his mouth shut.

Wood said he was "kidney-punched" as the assailant continued the beating.

Wood was hospitilized for his injuries, which police described to The Capital Times as minor.

A week earlier, someone put graffiti on his car, Wood said. The messages included, "house trained republican faggot," "traitor" and "ur like a jew 4 hitler," according to the Daily Caller report.

Lee is running against openly gay state Rep. Mark Pocan, D, for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Tammy Baldwin, who is running against Tommy Thompson for the U.S. Senate.

Chad Lee issued a statement that said, "We are deeply concerned about what happened to Kyle, who is an invaluable member of our team. We understand he is cooperating with the Madison Police Department in their ongoing investigation into this horrible incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kyle in his recovery. As this matter is still under investigation by law enforcement, we cannot comment further other than that we condemn this vicious attack on a member of our team in the strongest terms, and we hope the perpetrator responsible for this attack will be brought to justice immediately."

The police incident report described the suspect as mid-20s, 6'-6'2", curly brown hair, broad nose, with a muscular build.

Note: This story will be updated.

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