Yesterday in blustery Iowa, Mitt Romney touchingly recalled a chance meeting of someone whose name has recently been in the news…
Self-deprecatingly, the Governor told of an incident regarding a humorous neighborhood Christmas party mix-up in 2010. Before that night was over, Romney would meet a memorable young man from his home state of Massachusetts. As he continued to tell the story he became somber, voice wavering, and he choked up as he revealed the identity of the man.
Who did he meet that made such an impression on him?
On Sept 11th of this year, when terrorists ambushed our consulate in Benghazi, Libya and Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed, former Navy SEAL Doherty was also murdered:
“We had a lot of things in common,” Romney said of Doherty, recalling the two had skied at some of the same places, and that when they met Doherty had discussed his care and concern for people he had met working in the Middle East. “You can imagine how I felt when I found out that he was one of the two former Navy SEALs killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11th.”
Romney only recently learned for certain that Doherty was the same man he had met at a party in La Jolla, California, a campaign spokesman said.
Reminiscing on a windy Tuesday in Iowa, Romney cited reports on CNN International that Doherty had left a safe location to rush to the aid of the consulate under attack last month.
“They didn’t hunker down where they were in safety – they rushed there to go help,” Romney said, tying that spirit to his candidacy. “This is the American way – we go where there’s trouble. We go where we’re needed. And right now we’re needed.”
The killings in Benghazi were horrific and tragic…
A decorated veteran, Doherty served in the SEALS for nine years which included multiple combat deployments. His sister, Katie Quigley, said of her brother, “He was really good at what he did. He was a sniper. When he was in the field, his main mission was intelligence gathering. He served in Iraq when the palaces came down after the capture of Saddam Hussein.” Doherty also served in Afghanistan. He left for Libya on Sept 5th.
At the time of Doherty’s death, he was contracted by the State department to provide security for the consular staff. He leaves behind his wife, Heather Doherty, and two children.
The Obama Administration scandal, in what some are now calling Libya-Gate, continues to unfold. It will surely be discussed at the next presidential debate on October 16th in Hempstead, New York, where foreign policy will be a topic.
UPDATE – Due a complaint by Barbara Doherty, Glenn Doherty’s mother, the Romney campaign announced Governor Romney will no longer mention the time he met Glenn.
Ms. Doherty’s comments:
“I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda,” she told WHDH. “It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.”
Note: Romney did not specifically mention Doherty’s name and did not use it to denigrate Obama.
Our thoughts and prayers continue for the Doherty family and the loved ones of those slain in the Benghazi attack.
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