Crying ‘hate crime': Gay GOP campaign staffer fakes assault The GA Voice Editors October 30, 2012 Politics But as it turns out, Wood made the entire thing up. The Daily Caller today ran a very short piece noting Wood recanted during a statement to police. Lee is a straight Republican running for the seat being vacated by lesbian U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin left the House to pursue one of Wisconsin’s seats in the U.S. Senate. Mark Pocan, the Democratic challenger in the race, is also gay. Complicated, I know. Wood was trying to tie his boss’ opponent to a physical assault on one of his own, all over political ideology. But the damage he caused by making such allegations, only to recant them later, goes far beyond his boss’ image. If people get used to hearing the gay boy who cried attacking wolf, the legitimacy of real, honest-to-God assaults will be looked at with a hint of doubt. SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website five + = 10 Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.