Remember Brad Garnett? He’s the classy fellow in the gray hoodie and backwards baseball cap who is among the most enthusiastic of the “war whoopers” and “tomahawk choppers” that made national news after BMG posted a video of them a couple of weeks ago. Garnett works as a field coordinator for the Massachusetts Republican party, and he’s listed on Scott Brown’s website as the contact for the Boston area office of “MassVictory,” which appears to be a joint venture between the Brown campaign and the Mass. GOP.
The photo, dated August 24, is captioned “What a great pic from the Squantum stand-out last night in Quincy. Great job everyone!” The sign – gosh it’s so clever. It’s a play on words, you see – the stand-out was held in the part of Quincy known as Squantum, and someone hilariously changed the name to “‘SQUAW’ntum” because, you know, Elizabeth Warren is a fake Indian, as you can tell by just looking at her.
Now, to be clear: this photo was posted about a month before the “tomahawk chop” incident. So it was shot and posted before Brown sternly instructed his staff that there was to be no more behavior of the sort seen in the video. Still, once Brown issued that warning, shouldn’t the photo have been taken down? Is the proprietor of the MassVictory Boston area Facebook page – who may be Brad Garnett, though we can’t say for sure – simply disregarding Brown’s admonition?
One gets the sense that, far from what we saw in the video being an isolated incident, this kind of thing is – or, at least, was – business as usual for the Brown campaign.