Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will no longer bring up Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, the campaign said Wednesday in response to a complaint from Doherty's mother.
Boston's WHDH later reached out to Doherty's mother, Barbara, to get her reaction to Romney's campaign trail anecdote.
"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.”
Doherty similarly decried the politicization of her son's death in an interview with the Boston Herald last month.
Glen Doherty's friend, Elf Ellefsen, also spoke with Seattle's KIRO, expressing similar disagreement with Romney's mention of his friend's death.
According to Ellefsen, Doherty found his exchange with Romney to be "insincere and stale."
"Mitt Romney approached him ultimately four times, using this private
gathering as a political venture to further his image," Ellefsen told
KIRO. "He kept introducing himself as Mitt Romney, a political figure.
The same introduction, the same opening line ... [Doherty] said it was
pathetic and comical to have the same person come up to you within only a
half hour, have this person reintroduce himself to you, having
absolutely no idea whatsoever that he just did this 20 minutes ago, and
did not even recognize Glen's face."