Romney won’t tell story of meeting former SEAL killed in Benghazi after SEAL’s mom objects Update: Widow of another SEAL says Romney mention ‘greatest honor’

posted at 2:41 pm on October 10, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

The Romney campaign has vowed not to tell the story of Romney’s chance meeting with the late Glen Doherty anymore, as Doherty’s mother objected to it publicly. Romney related a tale of meeting the “impressive” young man at a Christmas party, on the trail Tuesday. Doherty was killed in the attacks on the Benghazi consulate in Libya last month.

Mitt Romney’s campaign said today he will stop citing his meeting with a former Navy Seal killed in last month’s terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya after the victim’s mother protested his use of her son’s death.

“He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama,” said Barbara Doherty, the mother of the slain Navy Seal Glen Doherty.

She added, “I don’t trust Romney.”

You can watch the clip, in which Romney doesn’t use Doherty’s name, and decide if that’s what he was doing, but the campaign is of course right to respect her wishes. I know it’s impossible for me to post a moment from a presidential candidate without political implications, but truly, what’s striking about this story is the remarkable coincidence that led Mitt Romney to have had a personal encounter with Doherty, who ended up at the tragic center of this story this month. From a pure human interest angle, it’s fascinating, and clearly told with respect and in good faith by Romney:

For what it’s worth, I hope Romney’s short-lived mention of the circumstances of Doherty’s death, in which he was going above and beyond to serve and save others, leads to a wider understanding of his heroism.

In comments that have gotten far less coverage, the mother of former SEAL Tyrone Woods, also killed that day in Benghazi, took to her Facebook page to object to the administration’s handling of the investigation of the attack:

Don’t want to ever politicize the loss of my son in Libya, but it has been 16 days and the FBI has yet to get to Benghazi to begin their investigation. Apparently they have made it to Tripoli but haven’t been allowed to enter Benghazi. Meanwhile, the diplomatic outpost where Tyrone and Glen died, was not and is not secured. Absolutely unacceptable.

Update: The other side of this coin is Jane Horton, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Horton, killed in action in Afghanistan:

Jane Horton began crying on the other end of the phone when she learned that Mitt Romney had been using the story of her husband, Chris Horton, who was killed in Afghanistan, as a part of his stump speech.

“Wow,” the 26-year-old said. “I had no idea.

“To be honest, I’ve been through a lot and I’m not a super emotional person but it brings me to tears,” Horton said in an interview with ABC News, after being informed of her husband’s newfound spot on the national stage. “Not that he’s telling my story, but that he’s telling my husband’s story, it means the world to me.

And, the quote Romney should put on his bathroom mirror for inspiration:

“One of the last things my husband said to me before he was killed, when I would ask him, ‘Chris, what do you need over there? What can I send you?’ he said, ‘I need a new president,’” Horton recalled.

Her husband had done some work in the Oklahoma Romney office in 2008, and Romney tracked Jane down in 2011 after he heard of his death, sending her a hand-written note. The two wrote back and forth several times:

They first spoke when Romney wrote her a handwritten letter after Chris was killed. It was Oct. 1, 2011, Horton said, re-reading the letter as she spoke, remembering that she was shocked Romney had put two and two together — that one of his many staffers had been killed and he’d figured out a way to find his wife.

A few months later, Horton still touched by Romney’s outreach and thinking about her husband’s support of the candidate, decided to send the candidate his name tape — the part of a soldier’s uniform that displays his last name.

Jane, who I had the privilege of meeting at the Republican National Convention when she was serving as an Oklahoma delegate, calls it the “greatest honor” that Romney is getting out the story of her husband, which is exactly what he would have wanted.


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Ironic screen name you have there.

Dante on October 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

No, not ironic at all.

Unlike a smug, immature, uncivilized little anarchist like you who does not really understand the difference between “violence” and “self-defense”, or “freedom” and “slavery”, I believe people should have the final say over what happens to their own creations, and not allow thieving, barbaric leeches, who “didn’t build that”, to selfishly benefit themselves to others’ handiwork through manipulative coercion.

Anti-Control on October 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I believe people should have the final say over what happens to their own creations, and not allow thieving, barbaric leeches, who “didn’t build that”, to selfishly benefit themselves to others’ handiwork through manipulative coercion.

Anti-Control on October 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Let’s say a publisher/author has printed on the cover of a book, “Do not destroy or mutilate.” Let’s say I purchase the book and promptly shread it into pieces, should I be punished? What if the publisher/author has printed, “Do not resale or give away”? After all, isn’t that their right? Isn’t that their final say? You aren’t advocating for ownership or property rights; you are claiming that we do not own property, that our possessions are merely leased and subjected to the whims of the creator.

That’s absolutely ridiculous.

And yes, your screen name is most certainly ironic. The only cure for your ignorance is education. You clearly do not understand the issue.

Dante on October 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Remember the last touching story Obama told about a serviceman. He used his name a few times and mispronounced Corpsman. SCOAMF

Schwalbe Me-262 on October 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Dante on October 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

What is the opposite of self-control? Do you believe you can answer that coherently?

If I tell you that I believe in self-control, not statist-control, does that mean my name is ironic, or that you are not as smart as you think you are when interpreting its meaning?

You’re a immature, uncilvilized, anarchistic doofus who clearly doesn’t understand the basis for capitalism or contract law, and because you are not only bad-mannered, but a bad communicator as well as arguer, I will just silently pat your little head as you babble at me!

Anti-Control on October 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The Romney campaign has vowed not to tell the story of Romney’s chance meeting with the late Glen Doherty anymore, as Doherty’s mother objected to it publicly.

With all due respect to the grieving mother, her son should NOT have been in that country in the first place.
So she doesn’t like or trust Romney, eh? What about the incompetent P-in-C who is behind our illegal involvement in “Lybia”. It was King Barry the Mideast Muslim Meddler who got her son killed because of his meddling and an egregious lack of security for the Consulate.
Excuse ME, ma’am, but this is OUR country too. Your son’s death was not only unnecessary, but it was a loss felt by many people. So go ahead and “pull the lever” for the man-child and his “posse”, the “choom gang”, who got your REAL man killed. Sleep well as others are similarly effected. You COULD help lead the debate instead of leading from behind like the embarrassment in the White House.
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Karl Magnus on October 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Anti-Control on October 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Anytime you wish to actually discuss the content of the argument instead of ad hominems, feel free.

Dante on October 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Mr. Doherty’s sister. She does a good job.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/sister-of-navy-seal-killed-in-libya-i-dont-agree-with-moms-anger-at-romney-lets-blame-the-terrorists/

Cindy Munford on October 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

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Thanks for that link, Cindy’. I believe she handled that with great “class”.
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Karl Magnus on October 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM

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I’m totally with you in sentiment, Karl’.
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Anti-Control on October 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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Anytime you wish to actually discuss the content of the argument instead of ad hominems, feel free.

Dante
on October 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

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ATTENTION EVERYONE ! . . . I will now take a poll:

How many commenters here, believe that Dante actually discusses the “content of arguments” instead of engaging in “ad hominems”?

listens2glenn on October 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Anti-Control on October 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Anytime you wish to actually discuss the content of the argument instead of ad hominems, feel free.

Dante on October 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

How many products would I continue to produce if I can’t profit from them because of you?

hawkdriver on October 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

A Cindy Sheehan moment.

unclesmrgol on October 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

How many products would I continue to produce if I can’t profit from them because of you?

hawkdriver on October 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

No one would be preventing you from trying to make a profit.

Dante on October 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

How many products would I continue to produce if I can’t profit from them because of you?

hawkdriver on October 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

And why have you refused to answer my questions?

Dante on October 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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