Friday, December 27, 2013

Brown Out in New Hampshire

Has nothing to do with the power being out up there:

"Left, right unite against Scott Brown in N.H." by Joshua Miller |  Globe Staff, December 19, 2013

NASHUA — More than a hundred protesters, from left and right, greeted newly minted New Hampshire resident Scott Brown here Thursday night as he headlined a state GOP holiday party....

Across the street, two protests merged, as gun-rights advocates, raffling off a firearm, stood shoulder to shoulder with Democrats to encourage the former Massachusetts senator to return south, or, at least, not to run for office here.

I like seeing that, especially since they are standing against a candidate created by Wall Street money.

Most of the protesters came for the rally of the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, which bills itself as the state’s “only no-compromise gun rights organization.” The organization opposes Brown, a Republican who said in December 2012 that he supported a federal ban on assault weapons.

There were also about 20 local and state Democrats at the rally, where the disdain for Brown was palpable....

“He’s a Bloomberg liberal,” J.J. Valera, 66, said of Brown, referring to Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, a strong proponent of increased federal gun control measures.

Valera, chuckling, said opposition to Brown was the “only time we ever agreed with the Democrats.”

Brown arrived at the back door of the GOP holiday party venue, a few hundred feet from protesters.

About 10 pro-Brown counterprotesters, all College Republicans, stood across the street from the main rally holding “Run Scott, Run!” signs.

Brown appeared buoyed by the protests. “It kind of energizes me,,” he said with a wide smile.

Brown, who won a 2010 special US Senate election but was unseated in 2012 by Elizabeth Warren, has repeatedly visited the state over the past year, making speeches and lending his name and time to raise funds for GOP candidates.

Inside the private fund-raiser, Brown was said to have been greeted warmly and to have posed for photographs with supporters, while remaining coy about his plans....


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Another Senate hopeful:

"Gabriel Gomez causes a stir over posting; Two GOP activists compared to ‘Klan’" by Joshua Miller |  Globe staff, December 23, 2013

Former Republican Senate nominee Gabriel E. Gomez apologized Monday after lashing out at two conservative activists and likening them to members of the Ku Klux Klan.

What a nasty thing to say!

“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,” he wrote. “. . . I failed to live up to the standard of discourse every leader should strive for.”

Gomez posted the apology Monday afternoon, after his criticism of two conservative activists caused a firestorm on social media.

“The level of ignorance and intolerance exhibited by them and their small ‘Klan’ are an embarrassment to our civil society. Merry Christmas,” he wrote on Facebook over the weekend.

Gomez subsequently took down the Facebook post, but defended his words, saying he did not regret writing them.

I leave all my commentaries up, and the apology all of a sudden doesn't look so sincere.

He insisted his “Klan” reference was “obviously not” referring to the Ku Klux Klan.

Well, what else could it be, you lying s***?

“If I wanted to refer to the Ku Klux Klan, I would have just said KKK,” he argued Monday in an interview with the Globe. 


Asked why he took down the post if he did not regret putting it online, Gomez said, “I figured, who knows what these guys were going to do with it.”

Weak excuse -- and he was almost a senator?

Gomez, who lost this year’s US Senate special election by 10 points to Edward J. Markey, targeted his weekend writing at Rob Eno, the publisher of Red Mass Group, a conservative blog, and Christopher Pinto, a Worcester Republican activist.

Gomez said Monday that his comment was not prompted by any one specific article or piece, but rather was a general response to Red Mass Group, as well as to activists questioning whether he, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, and former senator Scott Brown, are real Republicans.

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That answer the question?

Part of what prompted his post, Gomez said, were protests against Brown in New Hampshire Thursday, when more than 100 gun rights advocates gathered to oppose the former senator, who said in December 2012 that he supported a federal ban on assault weapons.

There were also Democrats there!

Gomez said he would decide on any future runs for political office in the new year. On Monday, he criticized Red Mass Group for its views on issues from “immigration reform to gay marriage to how to deal the economy and everything — it’s just not productive.”

So now he is against free speech, huh?

“They have views that are shared by probably a dozen people,” Gomez said.

No, it's a lot more than that.

Gomez said he did not regularly read the blog, but people forward its posts to him. 

Uh-huh. At least Gomez is qualified for the Senate. What a deceiver.

Eno said in an e-mail that he appreciated Gomez’s apology, but added that it “is a little puzzling coming a few hours after he vigorously defended his characterization on both the radio and to The Boston Globe.”

“I’m still not sure exactly what policy positions I have taken that he is trying to characterize,” Eno said. “I look forward to putting this whole situation behind me.” 

Just as I am looking to soon put blogging and the globe behind me.

Eno noted that he and Pinto had worked to help Gomez in his run against Markey.

And look at the gratitude from Gomez!

The original Facebook post that Gomez later removed read as follows: “I thank God everyday for people like Chris Pinto and Rob Eno because they serve as perfect examples for my kids of who and what not 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.”

This not the first time Gomez has faced controversy for heated rhetoric.

In an interview with a National Public Radio reporter in May, Gomez called Markey “dirty and low — pond scum” for running a Web video that juxtaposed an image of Gomez with a picture of Osama bin Laden.

Gomez was criticized for that comment and, in a July interview, he said he would have done “that one differently.”