Wisconsin

GOP Volunteer Lied About Beating, Threats

Campaigns

By: Brian Sikma

According to notes filed after a police interview Monday afternoon, Kyle Wood, the GOP volunteer in Dane County who said he was beaten last week for his support of Republican Congressional candidate Chad Lee, recanted his testimony about the beating. Wood apparently indicated to law enforcement officials that his story was fabricated or otherwise false.

Wood had shared information with Media Trackers subsequent to the beating purporting to show harassing text messages sent to him by Philip Frank, the spouse of Democratic Congressional candidate Mark Pocan. Individuals who know Wood verified the accuracy of his claims to Media Trackers but those claims now appear to be false. Media Trackers believes Wood misled us and lied when questioned about the accuracy of the information he claimed to have.

Harassment and violence should never be tolerated regardless of the motives behind it. Nor should fabricated claims of harassment and tolerance be allowed to stand without condemnation. Wood lied to law enforcement and the public about his beating and previous instances of harassment. His conduct is despicable.

The extent of the fraud perpetrated by Wood’s claims spreads far beyond Wisconsin as media outlets across the country picked up his story and repeated his allegations. Wood owes the public, Rep. Mark Pocan and his spouse Philip Frank, and law enforcement officials an apology.

Media Trackers regrets that we were repeatedly lied to and misled. We regret that our readers were subject to the dishonest claims of a dishonest individual. Despite the best efforts to verify the accuracy and integrity of certain claims, a cover-up sometimes works. Those who create and maintain such fabrications deserve to be ruthlessly exposed for they hold the power to destroy the credibility of innocent people.

Requests for comment this evening from Wood and the Chad Lee campaign went unanswered. The Pocan campaign has also been asked to comment if they wish.