Note to Mitt Romney: Don’t mess with mothers.
The Republican presidential candidate has agreed to stop recounting the story of Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL who died in the attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya, after his mother complained.
“Governor Romney was inspired by the memory of meeting Glen Doherty and shared his story and that memory, but we respect the wishes of Mrs. Doherty,” campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said today in e-mailed statement.
Romney first revealed his personal link to Doherty, whom he met at a party near his second home in La Jolla, California, during a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday. Since then, the story has become a standard part of his stump speech, part of an effort by his campaign to show the softer, more compassionate side of its candidate.
That didn’t sit well with Doherty’s mother, Barbara, who complained to Boston television station WHDH that her son was being used as little more than a political prop.
“I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda,” she said. “It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.”
As almost any mom will tell you, it’s always smart to call home.