Mitt Romney has agreed to stop publicly discussing a former Navy SEAL killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya following complaints from the victim’s mother. Glen Doherty was one of four Americans killed in the attack in Benghazi one month ago today. In his campaign stump speech, Romney has repeatedly recounted his story of meeting Doherty at a function several years ago.
Mitt Romney: “I just learned a few days ago that he was one of the two former Navy SEALs killed in Benghazi. And it broke my heart. He was a guy who had lived in my home state of Massachusetts. We shared some passions for the kinds of things he was interested in.”
Romney has invoked the killings in Libya to criticize President Obama’s foreign policy. In response to Romney’s speech, Doherty’s mother, Barbara Doherty, said, “I don’t trust Romney. 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.”
A friend of Doherty’s, Elf Ellefsen, has also criticized Romney’s speech, saying that Romney had forgotten meeting Doherty several times at the event and that Doherty had found him to be “insincere and stale.”
Elf Ellefsen: “Romney actually approached him, using this private gathering as basically a political venture to further his image. And Glen just believed it to be very insincere and stale.”