Former U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, R-Mass., apologized Monday for saying that two conservative activists, including Rob Eno (see his tweet, above), belong to a  “Klan.”

In a radio interview Monday morning, Gabriel denied that “Klan” was a reference to the Ku Klux Klan, and blamed Eno and Pinto for twisting his words.

Here is the full text of Gomez’s apology, posted to Facebook Monday evening after Twitchy and other websites covered the story:

Dear friends,

I’ve always said that leaders should admit when they are wrong. That starts with me.

Over the weekend, I regrettably used inappropriate language to share my disagreement with some with whom I disagree on specific social and policy-related issues.

While attempting to speak out against those who question the commitment of fellow Republicans, I used careless language in characterizing their views that clouded the point I was trying to make. I was wrong to do so, and I apologize to Rob Eno and to Chris Pinto.

Leaders have a responsibility to share their views in a respectful way. In this instance, as someone who understands the slings and arrows of political life, I failed to live up to the standard of discourse every leader should strive for.