Skip to comments.Senator’s son: ‘I could have been killed’ in attack
Posted on 10/24/2012 6:40:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
MADISON Sean Kedzie says he couldnt 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 dont 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 Kedzies 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.
Hes not your average alleged assault victim. Hes 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 dont get it. Ive been in politics for 25 years, both in local and state politics, and Ive never seen anything like this, the senator said. Its 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 sons attack.
Violence only begets violence, he said. We will beat you with intellect, not with our fists.
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 years mass protests over Walkers 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 Wisconsins gubernatorial recall election.
But Sean Kedzie said politically driven hatred is getting out of control.
I never expected something like this to happen. Its 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 Romneys 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.
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Wisconsin State Senator’s son attacked in yard sign battle
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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.
Obama Says “Argue With Neighbors, Get In Their Face”
Look for Mr. Trumka’s buddies, you’ll find your thugs there.
Learn to use it...
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.
This kid needs a CCW permit, Range Time AND a one of these : http://www.ruger.com/products/gp100/models.html in .357 Mag!
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.
“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.
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.
Yup, pretty much what I was implying.
Or at least by a large dog and an ASP baton.
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.
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.
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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.