Biden’s brawlers: Veep’s security team squared off in Nantucket melee

Jana Winter

Getting into a barroom fight with the men who guard Vice President Joe Biden would likely get someone locked up — unless the brawlers also happen to be on the very same security team.

That’s just what happened in a bloody, booze-fueled brawl that spilled out of Nantucket’s Rose and Crown nightclub while Biden and his family were spending last Thanksgiving on the island, according to police logs, notes and reports obtained by It was one of at least two fights police in and around Martha’s Vineyard have investigated involving Secret Service agents and other members of President Obama’s and Biden’s security details in the last year as the leaders and their families vacationed nearby.

The fight, which a police report said “caused visible damage to both parties,” pitted Jonathan Dawes, a hulking, 217-pound Secret Service agent, and Eric “Bomb Squad” Gahagan, a Massachusetts State Police bomb technician assigned to Biden, against three Air Force officers who had just been assigned to the same detail. The airmen, who suffered black eyes, head contusions and a chipped tooth, thought their assailants were local cops. Gahagan and Dawes knew the airmen were part of the Biden detail.

A bouncer told cops “the incident bothered him because Gahagan and Dawes were both considerably bigger than the men they attacked,” the eight-page police report stated. “He said he felt that Gahagan and Dawes were acting like bullies.”…

…Dawes, an avid workout buff, has in the past been a prolific blogger who has posted photos on various bodybuilding sites about his grueling workouts and Secret Service training. For example, on Nov. 26, 2008, after Obama and Biden had been elected, but before they were sworn in, he wrote:

“so i’m stuck on Nantucket (one of the islands off of massachusetts) for thanksgiving… i have 2 options for working out. one is at the local fire department or there is a “health club” which charges $25 per day!!! or $85 for the week!!!!!  the equipment in the FD is circa Arnold days! so i think i’ll use some of the tax payers money and use the good gym!!! Thank you to all of you who pay your taxes!!!”

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