Former GOP Senate Candidate Gomez Equates Conservative GOP Activists with Klan Members

“Congratulations to Gabriel Gomez. It is in now important for GOP activists to rally behind our nominee to defeat Ed. Markey.” –Rob Eno April 30, 2013

Yesterday morning this blogger was taking a nap, as it seems I’m coming down with a cold.  Awaking from that nap at 12:30 I looked at my tablet I had an email from Chris Pinto, a Worcester based republican activist telling me that Gabriel Gomez equated he and I to Klan members, in a Facebook comment.  Seeing as I hadn’t given Gabriel Gomez much thought since he changed his position on the second amendment a few months ago, I was initially skeptical he would take the time to do this.  But the screengrab Pinto took of Gomez’s comments says it all.

The text in the photo above reads:

Gabriel Gomez: 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 to be when they grow up… the leve of ignorance and intolerance exhibited by them and their small “Klan” are an ebarassment to our civil Society. Merry Christmas.

The remarks were unprovoked as Pinto merely shared a photo of a letter to the editor published in the Worcester Telegram.  Pinto also was a dedicated supporter of Mr. Gomez’s during the campaign, spending his time driving around Worcester County to put up signs, and making hundreds of phone calls.

After a backlash started on social media channels yetserday, Gomez removed his comments.  

File under “puzzling”.

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  • That doesn’t sound like Gomez at all.  Compare this to his debate performances in which he was bumbling, inarticulate, and incoherent.  Must be a different person entirely.

    Merry Christmas.

  • …makes me want to have more information before fully commenting.  While I can see the point behind his play on words, I would like to full context for this.  It looks like he commented on a Facebook posting…what was the post about and what were all the other comments on the thread?  This matters a lot…was it a bunch of sarcastic comments in which people were playfully needling people…or has it somewhat heated and the temperature suddenly rose with Gomez’s “out of the blue” comment?  

    Again, given your long history of distorting things to fit position you are taking in a given moment, you post has no credibility and you need to give the complete context.  

  • edfactor


    Yes, Mr. Gomez said something terrible. No one in the Republican Party in this state should compare anyone else in the party to members of a terrorist organization. In any context. No matter what the imagined metaphorical value. Full stop.

    Yes, it must have been hard for Mr. Gomez (attacked often by Rob and Chris) and also as a board member of Republican gay rights group GOProud, to see so Republican activists in MA – including Rob and Chris – circling the wagons all week around the disgusting anti-gay views of the Duck Dynasty guy. (Save me the ‘free speech’/tolerance angle – if he was suspended for saying fetuses aren’t human beings – this crowd would have remained silent – or cheered.) I guess something this week just made Mr. Gomez lose it.

    Mr. Gomez had an opportunity to say something valuable. He could have said, “Any prominent Republican activists who publicly support someone espousing vile anti-gay views are not only compromising the citizenship of gay people in this state, but effectively removing themselves from any public, productive role in our state politics.” (Yes, he didn’t attach this comment to a post about that – though Rob and Chris have posted about that all week – but since Gomez didn’t address the content of that article specifically, I think it was just a general disgust with them lately and happened to vent at that moment.)

    But instead, he was angry and said something awful. Too bad. He’s a good man. We all make mistakes, and I am sure he will learn from this.

  • Chris and Rob… I think everyone was quite surprised at the level of ignorance and intolerance demonstrated by a bitter man, who recently lost an election, coming out of left field.

    Noise… like this… often comes loudest from the emptiest barrels.  Don’t sweat it.  He means nothing to everyone.  

  • Knightbrigade

    This is why I would rather see a brazen liberal like Markey win, rather than have a secret liberal scumbag pretender elected in mASS. This phenomenon should only pertain in MASS, because it deserves the liberal swine it elects no matter what party is elected. But Conservatives don’t need the mixed signals nationwide. Liberals are the problem no matter what party!  

  • This why the Republican Party in Massachusetts is in the shape it is in. Gomez was the latest in what the establishment Republicans want us to believe will save the party, a Democrat who puts an R after his name. We’ll see it again in 2014.

    My question to the Republican leaders is, to use a recent question aimed at Obama supporters: How’s that working out for you?  

  • I knew he is a dem and said that he should have run in dem primary. I refused to vote for him.  I have decided that I will never again hold my nose and vote for a candidate that I dislike and do not agree with.

    He should change his voter registration to unenrolled or democrat.  He’s not a republican.  I believe he won the primary because too many people did not know about the letter to Patrick.

    The low info voters voted for him in the primary.

    What can we do to reach the low info voters?  Howie Carr had this guy on his show and was trying to say that he’d be better than Markey.  

    I didn’t trust Gomez to tell the truth after his letter to Patrick became known.  Who contributes to Obama as a “favor to a friend?”

    Gomez made other comments after he won the primary that told me he is not a conservative republican, or even a moderate republican. He’s really a dem.  

  • edfactor

    Mr. Gomez decided to attack Chris Pinto and Rob Eno as individuals. He said that he didn’t want his kids to grow up to be like them.

    What does this have to do with Red Mass Group? He didn’t say all conservative activists were like the KKK – as the headline implies, he said two specific people and those they hang out with.

    I could see if he attacked RMG. I could see if he attacked all activists in the party. But this was merely a comment on the Facebook wall of someone who holds no public position.

    So why is this front page news? Why is it a post at all? Why not reply on Facebook?

  • Seems quite odd.  Forget about how ridiculous his comments are. How about that they are tactically dumb.  What is he thinking he will run for and have a legit shot at? Or is this simply a continuation of the consultant/establishment paradigm that you need to trash the grassroots to gain support with the mainstream? That has proven effective!

  • I’m embarrassed that I voted Gomez. I was a big supporter of Mike Sullivan and I’m convinced that he would have won if he won the primary. It should be the duty of every Republican in this state not to support a potential Gomez campaign in the future. It is laughable that he puts an R next to his name and it’s unbecoming of his character to make such unprovoked comments. I still don’t understand how he won that primary earlier this year.

    To paraphrase Harry Truman:  “If you give give the voters a choice between a Democrat and a Democrat; they’ll choose the Democrat every time…”

  • You’re way out of line. Gomez made a frankly offensive comment, unprovoked, trashing not only party loyalists, but his own measly intellect.

    Need I remind you that the Klan was the Democrat enforcement arm before the SEIU obsoleted them?  That Democrats are uniformly racist and sexist while Republicans are tolerant to the core?

    Don’t give me that comic book talk about believing in Christian teachings is somehow offensive to you. If it is, move to Europe and be done with our culture and society of success; you can’t have America as we know it without having the Judeo-Christian culture in the hearts of the vast majority of its people.  Parsing out God and His teachings from America leaves you with Greece. Worse- Greeks are at least observant and passionate.

    When it comes to your flat assertion that the Duck guy is somehow anti-gay: If one wants to insert his penis into another man’s anus, I can’t claim to even conceive of what be must be thinking; but also don’t care. My indifference is not anti-gay. Neither is my revulsion at the thought. I just don’t care, as long as I’m not forced to celebrate it.

    The three professionals I admire the most from my previous career are all practicing homosexuals. One of my fellow board members of the Bristol County Republican Committee is a practicing homosexual. Ed, I can’t imagine anyone on your side who can claim three (conservative) members of the clergy as friends or voluntary colleagues.

    It’s not our side who is intolerant, Ed. It’s not our side who are the “Klan.”  It is the thought police kommissars of the homosexual-union-academic-professional racist base of the left who are the violent bullies with extremist beliefs.

    Gomez continues to open his mouth and remove any doubt of his unfitness in public life due to a critical defect in intelligence and tact. Defending him does you no favors.  

  • I was a big supporter of his during both the primary and general and do think these comments are our of line and such extremes seriously undermine his point regarding the issue at hand.

    However I also don’t disagree that the Republican Party, particularly the Massachusetts Republican Party cannot and should not make this any kind of issue; the “Duck Dynasty” nonsense. A growing majority of Americans (not to mention a huge majority of Massachusetts voters) disagree with Phil Robertson and find his comments ignorant and backwards. This is Massachusetts, not Louisiana; making any kind of supportive statement towards Robertson risks damaging the state party even further and our candidates at both a local and state level. 2012 taught us that nationalizing issues hurt local candidates of our party.

    That’s all I have to say. Considering the utter disaster that has been Obamacare we should not be talking about either Gomez comments or Robterson’s. They are distracting from the real issues.