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Senator’s son: ‘I could have been killed’ in attack
Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-24-12 | M. D. Kittle

Posted on 10/24/2012 6:40:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

MADISON — Sean Kedzie says he couldn’t breathe. His vision was quickly dimming.

Just before he passed out, Kedzie said one of his two male attackers released him from a chokehold in his own front yard. “It was right at the last second. Who knows … I have no clue what they were capable of,” the 22-year-old Whitewater resident told Wisconsin Reporter Tuesday.

“Those guys don’t realize I could have been put in a coma, I could have been killed. Things have been taken to whole new level,” he added.

BATTLE SCARS: Sean Kedzie, son of state Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, days after Sean says he was the victim of politically motivated attack. Whitewater police continued their investigation into Kedzie’s report that two men attacked him early Friday morning at his home after he confronted them about stealing his Romney/Ryan campaign yard sign.

Kedzie said he confronted the two men — both described as white, one suspect about 6-foot, 195 pounds — and in their early 20s. The man who Kedzie said took the sign set it down in his yard and, before he knew it, the other man was attacking him. Kedzie said the men wrestled him to the ground, put him in a chokehold and screamed, “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan suck!” and other politically charged invectives.

“It went from zero to 60 with the flip of the switch,” he said. “I never really stood a chance. These guys must have had in their minds what they were going to do when I walked up to them.”

He’s not your average alleged assault victim. He’s the son of state Sen. Neal Kedzie, of Elkhorn, a prominent, outspoken Republican who has served in the Senate for the past decade.

And Neal Kedzie is no stranger to attacks he said were perpetrated under political animosity.

His Elkhorn home has been the subject of several acts of vandalism, police confirm. The senator said he has had to clean dead fish and nails off his yard and driveway on several occasions.

“I have a flat tire on my car in my driveway right now because someone threw nails,” Neal Kedzie told Wisconsin Reporter.

The Kedzies told their story Tuesday, they said, in hopes of ending what they see as escalating political-related violence in a deeply divided battleground state.

“I don’t get it. I’ve been in politics for 25 years, both in local and state politics, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” the senator said. “It’s been boiling up across Wisconsin for some time, and I suppose it was inevitable that someone was going to get hurt. Unfortunately, it was my son.”

The senator, too, condemned commenters on conservative radio, Twitter and Facebook feeds in recent days urging violent responses to his son’s attack.

“Violence only begets violence,” he said. “We will beat you with intellect, not with our fists.”

Boiling point?

There have been sporadic reports of assaults and vandalism this heated election year. In January, a West Bend man was arrested on charges of defacing recall petitions for Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, for instance.

There were several reports of vandalism, threats and assaults at the state Capitol during last year’s mass protests over Walker’s proposed changes to public-sector collective bargaining.

A Marquette Law School poll earlier this year found nearly a third of respondents said they had stopped talking to each over Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election.

But Sean Kedzie said politically driven hatred is getting out of control.

“I never expected something like this to happen. It’s frightening. People are frightened about this,” he said.

He said the day after he was attacked, someone pilfered his Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate sign. The next night, someone ran off with his “Stand With Walker” sign.

Whitewater police said the reported incident involving Sean Kedzie remains under investigation and that it could be sometime before information is released. They would not specify when.

The younger Kedzie said police have told him the same.

Asked if there was any previous event that could have precipitated the attack, Sean Kedzie said he had never seen the men before Friday morning, that the assault caught him “off guard.”

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s running mate, called Sean Kedzie Tuesday afternoon to express his concern.

“He said he was thinking about me and that I would be in his prayers. He said he wanted to call and see how I was doing and he wanted to thank me for not backing down and for not being intimidated by these guys,” Sean Kedzie said.

Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Brad Courtney in a statement said the “senseless and brutal act of violence perpetrated against Sean Kedzie for his political belief is a frightening turn of events that must end now. No one deserves to have their safety threatened due to their political leanings.

“This cowardly act only highlights the rancor and vilification that flows from the fringes of the political spectrum. These actions should not and will not be tolerated.”

Contact M.D. Kittle at mkittle@wisconsinreporter.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: assault; elkhorn; hatecrime; kedzie; romneysign; senatorsson; whitewater; wi2012; yardsign

Battle Scars

1 posted on 10/24/2012 6:40:24 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsin State Senator’s son attacked in yard sign battle

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


2 posted on 10/24/2012 6:42:46 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I remain outraged by the attack on this young man, by those haters.

I pray they’re caught and severely punished.

I’m praying for Sean to completely heal.


3 posted on 10/24/2012 6:49:25 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Obama Says “Argue With Neighbors, Get In Their Face”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMDur9CDZ4


4 posted on 10/24/2012 6:49:30 AM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Look for Mr. Trumka’s buddies, you’ll find your thugs there.


5 posted on 10/24/2012 6:49:33 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Sean....

Rule #9
Learn to use it...

6 posted on 10/24/2012 6:50:47 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Truly scary this happens as if the U.S. was a banana republic. Of course if he was a D it would be blamed on the Tea Party to huge media play nationwide and asking Romney to publicly distance himself from the group. Will be here them ask Obama to chasten those who commit such attack? Of course not.

If there is one thing we know about the left it’s that human life doesn’t begin until one is registered to vote D, Green, or Socialist. Also the concept of Free Speech is such that one is free to speak the party line.


7 posted on 10/24/2012 6:52:45 AM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Democrats are blessed with a MSM that portrays them as compassionate intellectuals - a lie that might have been true fifty years ago...
8 posted on 10/24/2012 6:54:45 AM PDT by GOPJ (Obama on Benghazi - - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE-aorbApBw&feature=plcp)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This kid needs a CCW permit, Range Time AND a one of these : http://www.ruger.com/products/gp100/models.html in .357 Mag!


9 posted on 10/24/2012 6:55:26 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A VERY valuable object lesson. Any time you confront smack-off leftists on your property, make sure you have the advantage. That advantage is made by Smith & Wesson, Glock, Colt, Ruger, etc.


10 posted on 10/24/2012 6:56:28 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: GOPJ

“Democrats are blessed with a MSM that portrays them as compassionate intellectuals - a lie that might have been true fifty years ago...”

Only for whatever would have been called “Blue Dog” Democrats back then.

Although I think that since they switched colors, it should be called Red Dog Democrats.


11 posted on 10/24/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

12 posted on 10/24/2012 7:10:58 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I think this explains why I am seeing so few yard signs in Yellow Dog country.

I think most voters are leaning Romney, but they fear this kind of assault from the army of union hacks that is floating about out there.

Of course they can’t make you put out an Obama yard sign...and they aren’t.


13 posted on 10/24/2012 7:41:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: The Hound Passer
if he was a D it would be blamed on the Tea Party

Members of the Tea Party believe in the Constitution. All of it. Including the First Amendment. We would never assault our neighbors over their political speech, mistaken though it might be.


14 posted on 10/24/2012 7:43:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I could have been killed."

Which is why you don't go outstide to confront a group of strangers UNARMED, dummy.
15 posted on 10/24/2012 7:45:54 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yup, pretty much what I was implying.


16 posted on 10/24/2012 7:47:15 AM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: afraidfortherepublic
“Violence only begets violence,” he said. “We will beat you with intellect, not with our fists.”

Wrong tool for the job, pops. Knuckle draggin' bullet stoppers don't care about your intellect, and neither do their handmaidens in the MSM. Political violence is a cumulative thing. Yard sign and beat down of your kid last night. Molotov tossed through your living room window tomorrow night. Public pronouncements of staying the course of pacifism simply encourages predation. You're on the front line of a "long twilight struggle for freedom." Got ammo?
17 posted on 10/24/2012 7:48:05 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
WHY HAS OBAMA NOT CONDEMNED THESE ATTACKS
18 posted on 10/24/2012 7:55:51 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Oldpuppymax
A VERY valuable object lesson. Any time you confront smack-off leftists on your property, make sure you have the advantage. That advantage is made by Smith & Wesson, Glock, Colt, Ruger, etc.

Or at least by a large dog and an ASP baton.

19 posted on 10/24/2012 8:02:04 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (political correctness is communist thought control, disguised as good manners)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sounds like if you live in a contentious area and you see people doing such vandalism, you both be armed and use teamwork.

Remember that the Democrats have a very old history of starting political violence, and they are very indiscriminate against those they attack, even if they are all in favor of discrimination and bigotry otherwise.

Just yesterday, a “peanut gallery” at MSNBC was caught cursing and booing at a 9 year old girl who said she liked Romney. Seriously, attacking a 9 year old girl.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/23/msnbc-audience-boos-9-year-old-girl-for-saying-she-thinks-romney-should-win-the-election/

They are a party of meanness, hatred, cheating, greed and bitterness. Don’t ever think that any of them are “gentle people.” When you are around them, be on the lookout for a sucker punch cheap shot. It’s the sort of thing they do.


20 posted on 10/24/2012 8:37:24 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: PowderMonkey
Knuckle draggin' bullet stopper

I like it! Not as marketable as "zombie", but catchy, with a memorable rhythm. Yep, I like that a lot.

21 posted on 10/24/2012 8:59:52 AM PDT by GBA (Vote as if your Freedom depended on it...)
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To: Mr. K; All

The reason Obama hasn’t condemned the attack on the State Senator’s son is because he approves of it & is hoping that their will more of them by his supporters.


22 posted on 10/24/2012 10:54:51 AM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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