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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  • charactermatters

    Thank you Chip.

    I too have watched this drama unfold. The fact that Gomez hasn’t been able to find the issues that we all agree on and the issues that we all disagree on and get us together to work on those issues is disheartening. You point out excellent examples–we all agree ACA is bad. Silence from Gomez. We all want responsible government. More silence. Taking time to make disparaging remarks about one of his former supporters instead of bringing us together with our common goals is more than disappointing. I can’t see this man pulling off a win. I hope the party comes up with a candidate who can unite us and help us take back our country.

    Merry Christmas to all and God Bless America.

  • Thank you Chip, and may God bless us at this time of year. In fact, he has– to give us something so small to fight about when things could be so much worse.  

  • edfactor

    Mr. Jones –

    The only reason I am responding to this is that I would hate to think of someone reading this during the Christmas break and thinking it was a legitimate post.

    Where to begin?

    Rob Eno “supported” Gabriel Gomez. Totally untrue. Rob attacked Gomez for months – here on RMG and sent tweets out to the Boston Globe saying he was untrustworthy. He allowed his blog to be full of nasty, even anti-Hispanic comments, without deleting them or countering them. RMG was relentless and Rob endorsed someone else.

    Yes, at the end, Rob surrendered to the reality of Markey winning and “endorsed” Gomez as a better choice than Markey.

    But to only say Rob “supported” Gomez is vile. How about this: we all know the staff and major supporters of the Gomez campaign. Find me *one* who would agree with the statement that Rob supported Gomez, ok?

    And then you equate Gomez attacking Rob for the first time long after the election with Rob attacking Gomez when it mattered most.

    Not only that – Gomez attacked Rob (wrongly) in a comment on a personal FB page. Rob attacked Gomez in public and tagged the newspaper of record so they would see his anger. Oh yeah, that’s equal.

    You don’t even acknowledge that Rob could have decided to let this go and not run all theses posts and tweets. A bigger man would have done so. But Rob wanted to play it up for traffic on his site. That’s fine – he’s a businessman who wants to sell ads. But that is still a choice. (I get attacked a great deal but I would never make a public thing about those attacks. Even my Facebook wall is non-public.)

    And then there is the funeral. You attack Gomez with no context for not attending a military funeral. He might have gone and you didn’t notice. He might have been unable to attend. He might have gone to other funerals that you don’t know about. You have no idea what the circumstances were. You just want to make him look like a bad person.

    I have only spoken to Mr. Gomez once and briefly. He seems like a good man.

    But only after one RMG post I am sure you are not a good man.

    Enjoy your Christmas. Perhaps something about the life of Jesus will enter your politics.

    (Yeah I am being rough here but someone has to stand up to the bullies in our party.)