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Gabriel Gomez backpedals, says 'Klan' doesn't mean 'Ku Klux Klan'

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Failed republican senatorial candidate Gabriel Gomez of Massachusetts has expressed "no regrets" for his Facebook post that clearly equated conservative activists Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno of the blog RedMassGroup and Chris Pinto, an official for the Worcester GOP, to the Ku Klux Klan at Boston Herald Radio today.

In fact, he claims that he has had "so many people" thanking him for his comments on Eno and Pinto, an assertion that is quite difficult to believe. He also backpedaled on referring to the prominent conservatives as 'Klan' members, despite his since-deleted Facebook post.

As reported yesterday at the Examiner, it started when Gomez posted an unprovoked comment on Facebook saying,

"I thank God every day for people like Chris Pinto and Rob Eno because they serve as perfect examples for my kids of who and what not to be when they grow up...the level of ignorance and intolerance exhibited by them and their small 'Klan' are an embarrassment to our civil society. Merry Christmas."

After the comment was challenged on social media, Gomez deleted it.

But now Gomez says he stands by what he said. He also bashed readers of the RedMassGroup, saying that they only represent .1 percent of the GOP in Massachusetts.

But his comments got even crazier.

Of Eno and Pinto, he told Boston Radio Herald that

"These are the kind of people that, you know, make the Republican party hated in Massachusetts....I am sure they probably have a handful of people that read their RedMassGroup...I mean, I am not even really sure who reads RedMassGroup, but from what I understand, it's been almost nothing but destructive..."

He continued to say that he doesn't have "any regrets" for his post (despite having deleted it) and he said that they were likely offended because they know Gomez is smart.

He said,

"Obviously I touched a chord with them because they know I'm bright."

Gomez continued to say that someone had the "gall" on "one of the radio shows" to call John McCain a RINO (a word used to describe GOP members that do not follow conservative principles. It stands for "Republican in name only.")

But the best (or worst) part is when the interviewer challenged him on the "Ku Klux Klan" comparison. He denied that "klan" meant "Ku Klux Klan" and said bizarrely that "clan" can be spelled with a "K or a C". The host asked, "Is there a different 'Klan' that you were referring to?"

Gomez responded, "Obviously I wasn't thinking of the Ku Klux Klan. That's ridiculous."

But if one looks at the actual quote, he wrote precisely,

"...the level of ignorance and intolerance exhibited by them and their small 'Klan' are an embarrassment..."

He continued to say that "they can try to twist and infer whatever they want..." Later he stated that Republicans in Massachusetts need to be "more inclusive and tolerant."

As GoLocalWorcester noted yesterday, Gomez is being particularly hypocritical considering,

"...when Gomez was a candidate for U.S. Senate against ultimate winner Ed Markey, Gomez actively sought the support of the Worcester GOP and RedMassGroup."

Why would he have done that if he believed the groups were so "destructive"?

Follow Renee Nal on Twitter @ReneeNal and Facebook.

Check out her news and political commentary on Liberty Unyielding, Gather and TavernKeepers.com for news you won't find in the mainstream media. Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.

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