Senator's son injured in early Friday attack

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

— The son of a state senator was hospitalized Friday after what was described as a politically motivated assault.

Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, issued a news release Monday, saying his son Sean was assaulted by two persons Friday morning.

Whitewater police issued a news release Monday night, saying two men had assaulted another man somewhere in Whitewater early Friday morning. The facts match those related by Sean and his father, but the release does not identify the victim.

Sean Kedzie, 22, described the assault to The Gazette.

Sean said it was about 2 a.m. when he saw someone taking a Romney/Ryan yard sign from the lawn in front of his Whitewater home, which he rents with two friends.

He went outside and called for the two young men to return the sign. One man returned the sign, but at the same time, the second man jumped him, Sean said.

Sean broke free and ran to the street, as the men blocked any retreat to his home. They grabbed him and forced him to the ground near the curb, putting him in a chokehold and then pummeling him with their fists, he said.

Sean estimated he suffered about 20 blows. He said he now has two black eyes, one eye swollen completely shut and goose-egg bruises all over his head.

Sean recalled hearing the men say things such as "Romney sucks" and "go Obama" or "pro Obama" during the assault.

"While he's choking me, I'm trying to struggle, and it got to the point where I couldn't breathe whatsoever, and I remember thinking to myself, trying to spit out the word, 'Please,' but I couldn't get the words out of my mouth because I was being choked so hard," he said.

A neighbor scared the men away, according to a news release from the senator, but Sean remembers his roommates discovering him back inside the house, bloodied.

Sean was treated at the Fort Atkinson hospital and released later Friday, he said.

"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," the senator said in the news release.

"None of us has been able to sleep since this," Sean said of his roommates. "I never thought I'd be the guy that's scared of things that go bump in the night, but every little thing I hear now, it's like maybe it's those guys coming back."

Sean said his Tommy Thompson sign was taken Friday night and a Scott Walker sign was taken Saturday.

Police said the suspects were described as two white males, both clean shaven and about 6 feet tall, weighing about 190 pounds. One suspect had short, light-colored hair. The other had darker hair. One was wearing a blue/black plaid shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contract Detective Jessamy Flaherty at 262-473-0555. Information also can be left anonymously on the Walworth County TIP Line, 262-723-2677.

Last updated: 4:46 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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