A Lesson in Leadership

Yesterday, after a flurry of rhetoric sparked by a Facebook comment posted by Gabriel Gomez where he  attacked the publisher of Red Mass Group, Rob Eno and Worcester conservative and Republican activist Chris Pinto to the point of even likening their ilk of activism to “the Klan”.

Since that time, much rhetoric has flown, and, frankly, no good has been done to a damaged state at this most Holy of seasons at a time when it both so dramatically needs repair and is blessed to have a Republican gubernatorial candidate who, no matter what our differences are in dogma, is arguably the most qualified man to step to the plate from an administrative perspective and at a time when we desperately need competent management.

Finally, yesterday, after going on Boston Herald Radio and doubling down on his statements, Mr. Gomez saw the light and issued an apology on Facebook. In that apology, he termed himself a leader.

But at this juncture, I’m going to dispute that self portrayal, and suggest to Mr. Gomez alternative behaviors that would display leadership.

1. Unlike Mr. Gomez, Rob Eno has been confronting the failures of the “Health Connector” for what seems like a month. This is both good ethics and good politics. And when you combine good ethics and good politics, you have leadership. Possibly Mr. Gomez could take a more active role WITH Mr. Eno in protecting the health and safety of the Massachusetts uninsured or soon to be uninsured due to the failure of progressive Democrat policy.

2.  Unlike Mr, Gomez, who attacked folks who may disagree with him on some issues, Mr. Eno supported Mr. Gomez in his bid for Senate. Those disagreements were no less evident to Mr. Eno back then than they are to Mr. Gomez today. Supporting folks who more substantially agree with you than disagree is both good ethics and good politics. And when you mix good ethics and good politics, you get leadership.

3. But what breaks this author’s heart is not that two grown men are arguing publicly. What bothers me is what the collateral damage is to that. And what hurts me most is what we missed yesterday. You see, there was the funeral for a young Marine who was killed in action in Afghanistan. His family’s Christmas present isn’t just a chair empty at the dinner table because he was deployed, but a chair never filled because he gave the last full measure of valor.  The leadership opportunity missed here was the opportunity for our most visible Republican sailor, the SEAL that ran for Senate, to go stand with that family. Frankly, in this instance, I don’t give a rat’s ass if it’s good politics, but I know in every fiber of my being that its sterling ethics.

And sterling ethics alone is leadership.

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