“The only time that these presidents, Lincoln and Eisenhower and other wartime presidents, ever used the word ‘I’ was when they said ‘I thank you’ to the troops,” Gomez said during the interview.
In announcing bin Laden’s death, Obama credited “the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals” for disrupting terrorist attacks and strengthening homeland defenses.
Gomez said he donated to Obama’s primary campaign in 2008.
Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh criticized Gomez for “hanging out last year with a secretive group that tried, and failed, to damage the president for his handling of bringing justice to Osama bin Laden.”
“Massachusetts voters, who overwhelmingly voted last fall to support the president’s ideas and agenda, won’t be swayed by Gomez’s attempt at running the Romney Campaign 2.0,” Walsh said Monday in a written statement.
The 47-year-old Gomez has worked for the private equity firm Advent International since 2004.
According to the company’s website, Gomez’s private equity experience “covers a broad range of industries including business services, health care, distribution, financial services and industrial products.”
Before joining Advent, Gomez worked at Summit Partners for three years, according to the website. Before that, he worked as investment banking associate at Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co. in its aerospace and defense group.
His military service includes nine years in the Navy as an aircraft carrier pilot and Navy SEAL commander. He received a degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The primary is April 30. The special election is June 25.