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Romney Hires Openly Gay Spokesman Richard Grenell

Mitt Romney has hired Richard A. Grenell, a veteran GOP communications strategist as his national security and foreign policy spokesman. Grenell worked in the Bush White House.

Andrew Sullivan writes: Grenell

He has lived with his partner, Matt Lashey, for the past nine years, and is a frequent advocate for Republicans and gays. Which is why this pick is interesting. For Romney to have an openly gay spokesman is a real outreach to gay Republicans, a subtle signal to moderates, and the Santorum faction's reaction will be worth noting.

MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner offers some backstory:

Grenell served through September 2008 in the Bush administration as a spokesman to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- and told The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld as he left the administration that it was his hope that New York would have marriage equality soon and that he would one day be able to marry his partner, Matt Lashey. The couple has been together 10 years.

Log Cabin Republicans executive director R. Clarke Cooper, who also served in the Bush administration, tells Metro Weekly that Grenell will be "a tremendous asset" to the Romney campaign.

"Having served with Ric," Cooper says, "I can attest that his experience in the multi-lateral environment of the UN and familiarity with domestic and international media make Ric a strong voice."

And Kren Ocamb sees a shift:

Rachel Maddow called it! Wednesday night she wondered why Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major talk in North Carolina – and never mentioned the antigay Amendment One on that state’s May 8 ballot. Mark this day, April 18, as the day Romney pivots to appeal to mainstream voters for the general election.

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  1. Hey its hard to get a good paying JOB!
    And thats all this is. This is no signal about the Romney Campaign or anything else.
    Opportunist meet Opportunity.
    The money stay in the family.
    Policy will still be anti-gay this serves no one exempt Mr. Grenell and his "partner".

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Apr 20, 2012 12:48:53 PM

  2. This is sort of like...
    "How can I be anti gay...I got a gay friend....and I even gave him a JOB working for me!"

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Apr 20, 2012 12:50:52 PM


    yeah, it means sooo much. it's like having GOProud get hired to draw your carriage. "Look! We're being included!"

    No, you're slaves.

    nobody with a functioning brain and an actual spine would fall for this. who will? insecure whiteboy homosexual conservatives who will take any opportunity to be a doormat for the GOP. enjoy it boys! the rest of us, alas, actually have our dignity.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 20, 2012 1:12:05 PM

  4. Hateful, intolerant left-wingers who happen to be gay as usual do not miss to display the worst of their nature. You can always rely on towleroad to present the sewers of the Dem hackery.

    Posted by: AG | Apr 20, 2012 1:13:51 PM

  5. For those defending Mr. Grennell, I have one question. Other than giving an interview saying he hopes to get married in New York soon, what exactly has he done for gay rights? Demonstrable, documentable proof of his advocacy for gay rights. Andrew Sullivan says he's a "frequent advocate for...gays," but I couldn't find a single thing on the Internet. But I found an awful lot of information on his efforts on behalf of multimillion dollar companies. I'm not saying he's not truly a "frequent advocate for...gays," but I couldn't find one shred of public evidence to support that assertion. To me, his appointment reminds me of the ineffectual cocktail party gays at HRC. Just because he came to your party, or invited you to his, does mean he'll back you up when it comes to affording you your long overdue equal rights.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Apr 20, 2012 1:29:05 PM

  6. Just one, ONCE, I'd love to see one of this site's ( or ANY) Gay Republicans, put a face and name to their conservative-defending comments and show us all, specifically, what pro-LGBT work they and their conservative family and community are DOING to promote and Champion LGBT Equality amongst other conservatives.

    truly. TRULY.

    Alas, it's likely never gonna happen. Grow a pair, boys. Your smooth barbie crotches are all too visible.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 20, 2012 1:29:34 PM

  7. MRROBOTO - it's like GOProud's stroke-mouthed posterboy Chris Barron.

    he hates the "gay left" - calls them the "American Taliban" - insists that hate crimes dont' happen (unless they're made-up ones where black youths attack republican gays..HAHAHA!), they do absolutely NOTHING for LGBT Equality, just insult those who do as "running around with rainbow flags"....and then he goes and gets married in DC where Marriage Equality is legal.

    he did NOTHING to bring marriage equality to DC. just those horrible leftist liberals did. the people he hates. then he went there to reap the benefits of their work.

    that's the gay republican way. suck up to the communities that are ashamed of you by letting them know that you can't stand liberals, then take advantage of all the work liberals do for you that your own chosen-people never would, and never WILL.

    that's why gay conservatives hate liberals so much. we're talking about a demographic of men who know damn well that the people they've been raised to hate are the only people in this country doing anything at all FOR them.

    that's. gotta. hurt.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 20, 2012 1:35:08 PM

  8. @MRROBOTO Oprah Winfrey never did anything to advance "civil rights", but by simply hosting her talk show and making tens of millions of people comfortable with an African-American woman, bonding with them, sharing their problems and issues with them, and making them love her.......she probably did more to advance the acceptance of blacks into the social mainstream than all the legislation that has ever been passed in the entire history of the country.

    And that is what some of you hard-core politicos just don't get (or don't want to acknowledge)--social progress has a lot more to do with making people like you and be comfortable with you.....feeling common bonds and shared values with you and respecting you.......than it has to do with passing laws or winning court cases......WAY MORE.

    But maybe that is what you are afraid of--your activism being rendered irrelevant by actions that really make a difference?

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2012 1:43:33 PM

  9. JACK - Something we don't "like" - you mean, openly working for people who have advocated for taking away the right to marry by constitutional amendment when you say you hope to marry is equivalent to, say, not "liking" broccoli, or the way that color makes your skin tone look, or country music? It's just a matter of inconsequential opinion, or taste, that gets the knickers twisted?

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 20, 2012 1:48:08 PM

  10. And AG, we can always count on you to be an ignorant a**hole.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 20, 2012 1:50:10 PM

  11. Has anyone else noticed that if you take your dentures out while you're giving head at a gloryhole that your gums end up bruised after the third or fourth penis that's been in your mouth? Any tips on how I can prevent further bruising to my gums? Leaving my dentures in is not an option.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2012 1:56:10 PM

  12. "Something we don't "like" - you mean, openly working for people who have advocated for taking away the right to marry by constitutional amendment when you say you hope to marry is equivalent to, say, not "liking" broccoli, or the way that color makes your skin tone look, or country music? It's just a matter of inconsequential opinion, or taste, that gets the knickers twisted"

    Imagine that every gay man or lesbian, particularly those in my age group (I am 54), had refused on principle to work for or have anything to do with anyone who is a homophobe in any area of their lives (even putting aside the absurdity of claiming that someone who would hire an openly gay man for such a prominent position is a homophobe)....imagine that we all had to disassociate ourselves from any homophobic family members.

    Just imagine. You would not be able to leave your house in the morning....and you certainly would not be able to change anybody's attitudes.

    This is what I mean by extremists who do not have a rational real-world perspective.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2012 1:59:15 PM

  13. @Rick, you could try letting them have a go at your other orifice, just to give your gums a rest. Perhaps alternating will do the trick. Let us know how it works out!

    Posted by: Andrew | Apr 20, 2012 2:02:40 PM

  14. @Andrew The "dentures" comment was authored by Little Kiwi, acting as an impostor, who is so deeply threatened by the lucidity and power of my arguments (as are others) that he has no choice but to try to divert attention from them.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2012 2:06:21 PM

  15. How about you finally SHOW US, Rick, what kind of example you're leading every single day?

    I do it. Click my name, see who i am and what i do and WHY.

    but just so we're clear, you going out into the mainstream and insulting "effeminate" people doesn't make you look impressive.

    I call your bluff - for the billionth time. Show us who you are and "what" you're doing.
    ten bucks says your cowardly @ss cant'.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 20, 2012 2:07:44 PM

  16. @ RICK :
    "Power of your arguments" ?

    In support of GOP or GOProud or Romney, seriously ?

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | Apr 20, 2012 2:16:29 PM

  17. @JACKFKTWIST In support of eradicating homophobia and eventually freeing men from their sexual and emotional dependence on women, which is my goal......and which has little to do with partisan politics and the passage of legislation, which I think will have minimal impact on the direction the culture takes

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2012 2:28:12 PM

  18. If calling out hypocrisy, particularly by someone taking on a role in a political campaign (What, only job posted in the want-ads this week? Only person to offer a job? Starving?) makes me an extremist, I'll take the label with pride.

    Posted by: TJ | Apr 20, 2012 2:31:47 PM

  19. Rick wakes up every day, drinks three cups of poison, and wonders why the people he hates aren't dying.

    it's because we're not the ones drinking the poison. he is :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 20, 2012 2:49:45 PM

  20. Question Rick
    For your part what do you do to eradicate homophobia?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Apr 20, 2012 3:24:39 PM

  21. Yes, because being Mitt's house ni99er is the best way to "work within the system". Good luck with that, quislings.

    Posted by: wtf | Apr 20, 2012 4:57:25 PM

  22. "Grenell worked in the Bush White House"

    The only signal that sends to me is that he's entirely untrustworthy, and probably a self-centered jerk.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 20, 2012 5:05:00 PM

  23. "If calling out hypocrisy, particularly by someone taking on a role in a political campaign"

    And I assume you apply this policy evenhandedly and call out anybody who is gay who works for Obama or for Hillary Clinton (or who worked for Bill Clinton), since the first two are on record for opposing same-sex marriage and the third was opposed to it when he was in office. And that, in the name of fairness, if Romney is a homophobe for opposing same-sex marriage, you agree that it follows that Obama and Hillary are also homophobes.

    Right? Right.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2012 5:15:31 PM

  24. Republicans suck, and Romney is the biggest suck of all. Its a great shame that Mr Grenall has anything to do with Republicans at all considering that their idea of Gays/Woman/Non Christian/non White/Non Conformist is so Naziesque.

    Posted by: Michael Breen | Apr 20, 2012 5:38:43 PM

  25. Richard Grenell is a misogynistic bigot who sold out the gay community in Uganda when he was John Bolton's spokesman.

    He also has tweeted that Rachel Maddow "looks like a man," and "should take a breath and put on a necklace."

    Richard Grenell is the most self-loathing form of "openly" gay men: he mocks everyone who disagrees with him and reserves a special hatred for women. He is a pig.

    Posted by: Max V | Apr 20, 2012 6:49:07 PM

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