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Did Mitt Romney's Campaign Try To Silence Richard Grenell?


Richard Grenell claimed that he resigned from Mitt Romney's campaign because of the "hyper-partisan" debate about his homosexuality. Andrew Sullivan now reports, however, that Grenell may have been frustrated by the reaction within Romney's camp to the controversy, particularly how Romney campaign staffers tried to "silence" him.

According to Sullivan's sources, Romney's campaign asked Grenell, the candidate's foreign policy advisor, to stay silent on a conference calls with reporters about Romney's international policy. Apparently reporters wondered why Grenell was not on a call he coordinated. He was, however, on the call, but had been told not to speak out, up or otherwise make his presence known. Grenell, Sullivan writes, had been "muzzled."

Sources close to Grenell say that he was specifically told by those high up in the Romney campaign to stay silent on the call, even while he was on it. And this was not the only time he had been instructed to shut up. Their response to the far right fooferaw was simply to go silent, to keep Grenell off-stage and mute, and to wait till the storm passed.


A couple other thoughts... If all gay Republicans who support marriage equality are banned even from speaking on other topics entirely (like Iran or Afghanistan, where Grenell is a fire-breather), who's left? The answer, I'm afraid, is no one. Grenell was prepared to stay silent on gay issues entirely and do his job. But that wasn't enough. Romney's anti-gay agenda is therefore deeper and more extreme than Bush's.

One has to wonder what Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom, who yesterday claimed Romney is against "intolerance," will have to say about this.

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  1. Whenever I think of powerful gay republicans I think of this scene from "Angels in America", not because of the closeted nature of the character, but because even in the face of truth he show denial and delusion in thinking that he's different from all the other gay men who share his circumstance.


    Posted by: Frank | May 3, 2012 11:24:50 PM

  2. I have no respect for Grennel. Anyone who is an adult LGBT person and works for Republicans has to have a serious amount of self loathing.I am way past dealing with those people.

    Posted by: jack | May 4, 2012 2:19:13 AM

  3. Who cares? By working for the republican party Grinell shows himself to be a self loathing homosexual.

    Posted by: jack | May 4, 2012 2:54:56 AM

  4. Sullivan fails to acknowledge that the reason that Grenill was silenced was BECAUSE HE WAS GAY and they were hoping to "sneak" him into the campaign without the religious wacko's realizing it. Grenill quit, regardless of what Sullivan says, because the campaign was being heckled about his homosexuality and Romney doesn't have sufficient backbone to stand up to them and run his own show. This is what the country will get if they elect Mitt - someone who will have to check in with the religious right before making any decisions and will flip-flop all over the place trying to explain his decision making. Grenill was stupid to take the job in the first place and the campaign, regardless of what they say, was breathing a sigh of relief when he volunteered to leave on his own. Now we'll all just have to sit back and see what Bryan Fischer and the AFA tell Romney to do next. It's time for Mitt to grow a pair - the wingnuts hate Obama so much that they will vote for Romney even if he picks RuPaul as his running mate!

    Posted by: ThomT | May 4, 2012 11:41:25 AM

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