Author Topic: The ‘Klan’: Republican Senate candidate tangles with conservative activists  (Read 440 times)

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Gabriel Gomez, the Massachusetts Republican who lost a special election to replace now-Secretary of State John Kerry, apologized Monday after a weekend-long social media saga that began when he labeled two state Republican activists part of the “Klan.”

Gomez admitted that the tiff wasn’t caused by any single action by the two activists – Rob Eno, who publishes the conservative site Red Mass Group, and Christopher Pinto, who is a Republican in Worcester. The Boston Globe reports that Gomez characterized the post as “a general response to Red Mass Group, as well as to activists questioning whether he, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, and former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, were real Republicans.”

Gomez also cited actions by New Hampshire conservatives, who recently protested Brown’s call for a federal ban on “assault” rifles.

The message, which Gomez printed Saturday and later deleted, read, “I thank God every day for people like Chris Pinto and Rob Eno because they serve as perfect examples for my kids of who and what not to be when they grow up … the level of ignorance and intolerance exhibited by them and their small ‘Klan’ are an embarrassment to our civil society. Merry Christmas.”

“I am still puzzled as to why Mr. Gomez would choose to attack both Mr. Pinto and myself,” Eno wrote in an email to The Daily Caller. “Both of us asked others to help his campaign, and Mr. Pinto gave countless hours as a volunteer making phone calls, and delivering signs on Mr. Gomez’s behalf.”

On Monday morning, Gomez hedged a little, telling Boston Herald Radio, saying he didn’t mean the Ku Klux Klan. But, he said, “These are the kind of people that make the Republican Party hated in Massachusetts.”

A few hours later, Gomez apologized on Facebook, writing, “Over the weekend, I regrettably used inappropriate language to share my disagreement with some with whom I disagree on specific social and policy-related issues. While attempting to speak out against those who question the commitment of fellow Republicans, I used careless language in characterizing their views that clouded the point I was trying to make. I was wrong to do so, and I apologize to Rob Eno and to Chris Pinto.”

Though a former Navy SEAL and successful businessman, Gomez has raised conservative ire because he favors expanded gun regulation, an “assault” weapons ban, amnesty for illegal immigrants and same-sex marriage. And although he says he is pro-life, he has said he wouldn’t challenge abortion laws.

Many of these moderate platforms are attributed to his running in a deeply blue state, but nonetheless, his special 2013 Senate candidacy failed to excite national conservative donors, and the hoped-for flood of out-of-state money never came.

Gomez lost by 10 points to Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, but some Republicans hope he will run for a full six-year Senate term in the regular election in 2014. The Herald reports that he is expected to make a decision next year.

By Christopher Bedford
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That was an excruciatingly stupid thing to do.  And it's going to feed all sorts of democrat/liberal attacks against republicans and conservatives.

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There must be other Republicans who have better control of their vocabularies, better self-control and better judgment.
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That was an excruciatingly stupid thing to do.  And it's going to feed all sorts of democrat/liberal attacks against republicans and conservatives.


A lot of us on here knew who he was and supported him losing his bid for the senate.. the guy is a flaming liberal and why he calls himself a R is beyond my comprehension -  he believes in all the same things as John Kerry.
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There must be other Republicans who have better control of their vocabularies, better self-control and better judgment.

You would have thought that, but the last few years have demonstrated a depressing trend among republicans who've put the cart before the horse and open their mouths before their minds.

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Gabriel Gomez, like most Massachusetts Republicans, would be a centrist Democrat in almost any other state. There is not a single Republican now serving in statewide office in Massachusetts. The state legislature is currently 84% Democrat. Conservatives simply cannot get elected outside of a handful of legislative districts; they are vastly outnumbered by the liberal voters who absolutely dominate the Western part of the state, as well as the "128" ring around Boston.

Consequently, what you sometimes get are candidates who represent a more traditional Democrat/Eastern liberal Republican point of view who run as Republicans in order to get on the ballot against either entrenched incumbents or kooky leftists like Senator Elizabeth Warren, who won in spite of views that place her to the left of Barack Obama, and possibly, of socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
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There must be other Republicans who have better control of their vocabularies, better self-control and better judgment.
These are the electable, "establishment" candidates so many people want us to elect in primaries-- including some on here.
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Gabriel Gomez, like most Massachusetts Republicans, would be a centrist Democrat in almost any other state. There is not a single Republican now serving in statewide office in Massachusetts. The state legislature is currently 84% Democrat. Conservatives simply cannot get elected outside of a handful of legislative districts; they are vastly outnumbered by the liberal voters who absolutely dominate the Western part of the state, as well as the "128" ring around Boston.

Consequently, what you sometimes get are candidates who represent a more traditional Democrat/Eastern liberal Republican point of view who run as Republicans in order to get on the ballot against either entrenched incumbents or kooky leftists like Senator Elizabeth Warren, who won in spite of views that place her to the left of Barack Obama, and possibly, of socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

That's how NYC got its last "republican" mayor.  Emperor Bloomie didn't want to have to work his way up the democrat party patronage chain, so he skipped it by signing up with a very compliant, very liberal "republican" party in NYC, and the rest is history.


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