Monday, October 22, 2012

Sean Kedzie, Romney Yard Sign Beating (Audio)

Sean Kedzie, 22-year-old son of Wisconsin State Senator Neal Kedzie, was beaten early Friday morning by two thugs.

It all started when the thugs were stealing Sean's Mitt Romney yard sign.

Charlie Sykes posts State Sen. Neal Kedzie's statement:

Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately. The individual returned the sign, however, a second person confronted and attacked Sean without warning.

Sean was wrestled to the ground by both persons, held down by a constricting chokehold, and struck repeatedly about the face and head. He nearly passed out from the chokehold and suffered contusions to his face and eyes.

Fortunately, an alert neighbor heard the commotion, scared the individuals away, and called the police. My wife and I were awakened by a telephone call from Sean’s roommate that Sean had been taken by ambulance to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.

Sean was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital the same day. As this was a private family matter, we chose not to remark publicly about it and allow law enforcement to do their job. But we understand these types of incidents will eventually become public and questions will arise, particularly in my position as a state legislator.

Sean is still recovering from the injuries he sustained as a result of this beating, and we are confident he will make a full recovery. But obviously, as parents, we are shaken by this event and very troubled it was apparently initiated and motivated for political reasons.
Here's the pdf of Sen. Neal Kedzie's statement.

Here's a photo of Sean Kedzie after being beaten.

Mark Belling interviewed Sean Kedzie on his program this afternoon.

Listen to the audio.

Sean described the details of the beating and the extent of his injuries.

When Sean first engaged the two college-age males who stole his sign, they were about 20 to 30 yards away. He called to them, telling them to bring the sign back.

One guy apologized, saying he was really sorry. He put it back in the yard, as his friend came around the side of Sean. They both jumped him. He was choked and punched repeatedly in the head.

During the beating, the two males said things like, "F*** Romney" and "Romney sucks" and "Go Obama."

The assault was so brutal that the emergency room physician treating Sean was concerned that he might have skull fractures or a fractured eye socket. He said his left eye was injured so severely that it was swollen shut and he couldn't see.

This appears to be a politically motivated assault. Without question, it has political elements. Take note, Americans.

This is why in some areas of Wisconsin, conservatives fear expressing our support for Republican candidates.

In this case, the thugs became physically violent. The attack wasn't just a verbal lashing or a matter of damaging property.

Sean said the choking was so extreme he was starting to blackout. He said the grip on his throat was so tight he couldn't spit out the word "please" to get them to stop.

Thankfully, Sean didn't receive any long-term injuries. But those doing the beating certainly didn't know that their extreme barbarism wouldn't leave Sean with permanent damage or worse.

This is sickening.

I think Obama should call Sean, to show his concern. After all, he found time to call Sandra Fluke. Obama should condemn the thugs, his own supporters. He won't. Obama's supporters won't condemn the thugs' actions either. They'll ignore it. The liberal media will likely do the same, until they can talk to the thugs and interview them.

As Sean said, "If this is what democracy looks like, then we are in a lot more trouble than we realized."

Sadly, this is what things have come to in Wisconsin.

Thugs may be successful at intimidating us to openly show our support for Mitt Romney, just as they did during the Leftists' failed recall of Gov. Scott Walker.

But we won't be intimidated at the polls.

This beating will be avenged, peacefully, each time one of us casts a vote from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.


UPDATE, October 23, 2012: 74 Words Dedicated To Sean Kedzie Attack By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
[A] look at the top two newspapers in Wisconsin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal) finds just a total of 74 words published about the incident. And all 74 were published on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s website.

  • On November 18, 2011, the Wisconsin State Journal described the destruction of a recall petition in Madison with 286 words ( “Police: Man ripped up Walker recall petition and drove off,” Wisconsin State Journal, 11/18/11).

  • On November 22, 2011, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal detailed with quotes how a recall petition was destroyed on the campus of Edgewood College in Madison with 197 words from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 416 words by the Wisconsin State Journal (“Recall petition destroyed on Edgewood College campus,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/22/11, “Police investigate claim that Edgewood College student destroyed Scott Walker recall petition,” Wisconsin State Journal, 11/30/11)

  • And on February 16, 2012, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Jim Stingl published a whopping 632 words detailing the plight of a man whose Recall Walker yard sign was attacked with eggs multiple times (“Political battles has scrambled our civility,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/16/12). 

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    UPDATE, October 23, 2012: Sean Kedzie describes the beating to Charlie Sykes. Audio.


    UPDATE, October 24, 2012: Shocking Story: Son of Wisconsin State Senator Reportedly Beaten While Trying to Protect Romney Yard Sign


    Towerclimber said...

    Next time, put a hole in them big enough to throw a cat through and you won't have this problem.

    If folks refuse to respect your 1st amendment rights, introduce them to your second amendment rights. after all, that's what it's there for.

    Mary said...

    Don't say that. No responsible gun owner would actually use deadly force in response to some thugs stealing a yard sign.

    jimspice said...

    Seriously Mary? That's at least the 4th such call for a judge-jury-executioner response I've heard at righty blogs.

    Don't get me wrong. I frown upon messing with signs and wholeheartedly denounce violence. But you know as well as I had the shoe been on the other foot every righty blogger out there would be claiming the guy did this to himself as a sorte' in false flag campaign.

    MARK said...


    Mary said...

    I consider the statement from Sen. Kedzie a reliable account of the events.

    Blaming the victim is not cool.

    jimspice said...

    Make that 5.