Update This story was published, then un-published as I wanted to string out a few posts. However, I only discovered just now that it was not re-published.
It has now been revealed that this story is a fake.
Kyle Wood, an openly gay Republican campaign worker in Wisconsin, admitted on Monday that he faked a bias attack against himself.
Last Thursday, The Daily Caller reported Wood’s allegation that he was the victim of vandalism and assault because he was a gay man working for straight Republican Chad Lee in his congressional race against gay Democrat Mark Pocan.
“A spokesman for Rep. Mark Pocan and an attorney representing his partner, Philip Frank, said they were considering suing for libel over claims that Frank threatened Wood,” The Daily Page reports.
In hindsight, it did seem suspiciously clear-cut. But it’s easy to be wise after the fact.
We hear a lot about how evil the Republican party is in this country, but this sort of story doesn’t get a look in.
“I was getting ready for work and there was a knock at the door,” Wood emailed The Daily Caller late Wednesday. “I opened it, and a guy wrapped a ligature around my neck, slammed my head into the doorway, and smashed my face into a mirror, telling me ‘You should have kept your [f*******] mouth shut.’”
“He then kidney-punched me, while at the same time saying I was ‘warned,’ and continued to beat me,” he added.
Note that: this was no spur of the moment, pick-up-a-stone-and-throw-it incident. This guy was targeted, and the attacker came prepared to strangle him.
Wood said his attacker’s reference to a warning likely pointed to graffiti he found painted on his car last week. The vandalism included the phrases “house trained republican faggot,” “traitor,” and “ur like a jew 4 hitler.”
Those slurs, he explained, were references to him being a gay Republican working to help Lee, a straight GOP candidate, defeat the openly gay Democrat Mark Pocan.
After he discovered the graffiti, Wood wrote an open letter on Facebook to the unknown vandal. “If you understand either freedom or me at all,” he wrote, “you would that this will only make me work harder. … You can think whatever you like about me, but I will not be bullied into voting for a gay man simply because I am gay.”
I was reminded of this comment I read the other day.
This morning, when I woke up and checked the blog, found this comment in our “pending” (for approval) folder:
How many days have you guys gone without being outright called faggots by the people you suck up to? You should put up a running clock and take bets on who will be the one to break down and share his true feelings with you. It’ll probably be Jim Hoft.
I immediately approved it–wanting to provide evidence of left-wing prejudices against conservatives. For the record, Jim Hoft has shared his feelings with me, at least three times in person, more via e-mail. You see, I’ve been reading Jim’s blog for a number of years now and twice when I passed through St. Louis, e-mailed him and suggested we meet.
He agreed and we got together at a local coffee shop and talked politics. Now, Jim and I may not agree on every issue, but he has never insulted me, has even praised this blog. He is, in short, a decent guy and has always (always) been friendly toward me.
Neither Jim nor any conservative blogger, in person, in text, in e-mail or any other form of communication, has ever called me a “faggot.” In fact, the only people who seem to be directing that slurat gay conservatives sit on the political left.
Oh, and I’ve never called anyone a faggot in my life – in fact I wouldn’t even use the shortened form of that word to describe a cigarette.
(And as I’ve said many times previously with regard to racism incidents like this, I don’t post stuff like this to try and “prove” that the right has no homophobic people. The US is a big place, and you’ll find all sorts of people in all sorts of places. But we do need to get over this idea that the left has a monopoly on tolerance They most emphatically do not.)