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Violence, property damage over campaign yard signs in Wisconsin


WHITEWATER, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate Republican said his son was beaten at his home, after he confronted somebody who was trying to take down a Mitt Romney campaign sign.

Whitewater Police say they’re investigating the incident.

Elkhorn Senator Neal Kedzie said two men wrestled his son Sean to the ground, and choked him and beat him. The lawmaker said Sean was taken to a hospital where he was treated and later released. 

Meanwhile, police in the Milwaukee suburb of Muskego are investigating a weekend incident in which somebody burned an Obama yard sign. The sign was almost entirely damaged, and police said gasoline was apparently used.

It also blackened some grass at Bill Schuele’s home – but he said the damage could have been a lot worse had the leaves in his yard been drier.

He told the Journal Sentinel’s MuskegoNow Web site that the fire was intimidating – and it reminded him of, “Mississippi in the ‘50’s,” when churches and other property were burned by civil rights opponents.

Schuele cited what he called the “blame game” in which politicians refuse to cooperate with each other. He said talk shows fan the flames, and people are pushed to such extremes that it poisons the body politic.

Ben Sparks of the Wisconsin Romney office says his campaign does not condone burning opponents’ yard signs.

Schuele says he’ll set up a new Obama sign right next to the burned-out one.