Donald Joralemon: A SEAL’s skills not suited to public office
To the editor:
Gabriel Gomez, Republican candidate for Senate, repeatedly cites his years as a Navy SEAL as his key qualification for office. A SEAL learns to obey without question orders from superiors and to expect the same from those of lower rank, to identify and kill enemy targets and to operate in units that are effectively men-only.
We may applaud his military service, but these are not talents suitable to the role of a senator, who is expected to listen and reflect, to negotiate and compromise and to treat women as equals. The talents he brings to the table would exacerbate the dysfunction in Washington that Gomez bemoans, which is, in any case, largely the result of obstruction from his party.
Gomez is not qualified for the position he seeks.