Vets Group Urges Gomez to Admit Mistake with Fringe-Right Video, and Move On

 ·  VoteVets.org, Press Release

 

“He is doing no service to the cause of military members, their families, and veterans who need attention,” says vets’ group chair.

BOSTON, MA – The leading progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, representing over 330,000 supporters, today is urging Massachusetts Senate Candidate Gabriel Gomez to disassociate himself from the false charges made in a video he promoted.  Gomez was a spokesperson for a group called OPSEC, which charged – falsely – in a video called “Dishonorable Disclosures” that President Obama didn’t thank the military for killing Osama bin Laden.  In recent days, Gomez has again started to defend the charges in the video, as it has been raised in the news.

Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org, said that while Gomez may be keeping relations warm with fringe-right megadonors for political gain, it is at the detriment of the real issues facing veterans, the military, and military families.

Soltz debated Gomez about the video, on MSNBC’s Hardball last year.  During the debate, it is shown that the video from OPSEC makes a number of false charges.  That can be viewed here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sXsVrnwCO0 



“Mr. Gomez really should admit his mistake, and stop defending the demonstrably false video from this fringe-right group,” said Soltz.  “When I debated him on Hardball, it seemed like he really didn’t even believe a lot of what was in the video, and now he suddenly is supporting it, again.  It’s clear why, though.  He needs far-right money to come into the Commonwealth to support his Senate bid. So, he’s once again doing their dirty work, promoting their swift-boat video smearing President Obama.  Gabriel Gomez should be better than this, and it is disappointing to see him putting campaign cash over being responsible.”

“Unfortunately, by continuing to defend this muck, it takes attention away from some very legitimate issues that service members, their families, and veterans care about.  He is doing no service to the cause of military members, their families, and veterans who need attention,” Soltz added.  “I just really wish he’d tell the truth, say representing this video and group was a mistake, and move on.”

 

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 330,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

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