The mother of slain former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty has told the Romney campaign to stop mentioning her son during his campaign speeches.
Barbara Doherty's son, whose son Glen was killed during the Sept. 11 U.S. consulate attack in Libya, is questioning Romney's motives for talking about her son and has accused him of trying to use her son’s death for political gain. She told WHDA: "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.”
Romney began using the chance meeting with Glen at a Christmas party during a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday. According to a Boston.com report, Romney stated: “One of them was a guy from my home state of Massachusetts, a relatively young guy, compared to me. He was a former Navy SEAL. He was living in San Diego. 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. 11. “And it touched me, obviously, as I recognized that this young man that I thought was so impressive had lost his life in the service of his fellow men and women.”
Romney mentioned Glen again during a campaign stop in Ohio on Wednesday, saying: “He came from Massachusetts, where I’d been governor, had family there. He also had skied in some of the places, snow skiing that I had found during the Winter Olympics in Utah, that I’d skied at. And we had a nice chat together.”
During a radio interview, Elf Ellefsen, a close friend of Glen's, recounted a different version of Glen and Romney's meeting however, saying Romney had to be reminded of Doherty’s name four times in a span of 20 minutes. NWCN quotes Ellefsen as saying
“He (Doherty) said it was pathetic and comical. They had the same person come up to you within only a half hour, reintroduce himself to you having no idea whatsoever that he just did this."
When asked how Glen would feel about Romney using his story in campaign speeches, Ellefsen said “He wouldn't like it, but he wouldn't want any spotlight either. He’d just want Romney to conduct himself as a gentleman,”
Ellefsen went on to say “It makes me sick, Glen would definitely not approve of it.”
A Romney campaign spokesman, Rick Gorka, said: "Gov. 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."