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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Which side is he on?

It seems Republican Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is bringing his SEAL stealth training to politics.

Gomez appears to have either have been confused about the mission of the Special Operations OPSEC Fund, the goals of its members or a little bit of both in what can hardly be an auspicious debut on the political stage this week.

Although his decision to avoid media contact might be a good one, given his performance in the political broadside against Barack Obama.

The Cohasset businessman and one-time Navy SEAL supported a 22-minute video critical of Obama for taking "too much credit" for the death of Osama bin Laden. Democrats compare the effort to the 2004 video that painted John Kerry as a war criminal for his piloting a swift boat in Vietnam.

While Gomez did not contribute financially to the effort, he did “two or three interviews as a favor to the organization,” according to campaign aides. But at least one of those appearances he fully credited Obama for ordering the raid, a contradiction of the video's message.

And he did not acquit himself well in a second interview where he simply referred to OPSEC as a "diverse" group -- one that included a range of right-wing causes, including the thoroughly discredited birther movement that continues to question Obama's citizenship.
“I don’t know how deeply shared that view is,” Gomez said. “Everybody can think for themselves and have their own view on that specific topic.”
Hardly the type of response you would be looking for in a candidate for office in Massachusetts, where Scott Brown's new gig with Fox News is widely regarded as a sign he's given up electoral politics for now.

And Gomez's refusal or inability to stand up for himself and end a tempest before it becomes a hurricane is hardly encouraging for Republicans hoping to make a dent in the special election.
Asked why Gomez did not take the opportunity to clarify his position, [Leonardo] Alcivar, his spokesman, said: “He’s not a politician. He’s not motivated by ­political needs unlike most or all of his opponents in this race. And his word stands . . . Gomez has a former Navy Seal’s belief that we can’t tolerate national security leaks that jeopardize the lives of men and women serving in harm’s way.”
No one will question the second thought about national security. But it strains credibility to suggest someone who has enlisted the support of the state's top GOP braintrust for a run for office is not motivated by political needs.

Or a need for consistency.

His first public appearance should be an eye opener.

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