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Gay Romney Advisor Richard Grenell Resigns After Campaign by Anti-Gay Conservatives

Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney's recently appointed openly gay spokesman, has resigned in the wake of a campaign by social conservatives, the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin reports.

GrenellSaid Grenell in a statement:

I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. I want to thank Governor Romney for his belief in me and my abilities and his clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team.

Adds Rubin: "According to sources familiar with the situation, Grenell decided to resign after being kept under wraps during a time when national security issues, including the president’s ad concerning Osama bin Laden, had emerged front and center in the campaign."

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer was among those leading the charge.

Argued Fischer in a CNN appearance: "Well, the point here is that personnel is policy. Everybody in D.C. says that. Personnel is policy. When Governor Romney picks somebody who is an activist homosexual and puts him in a prominent position, he’s sending a shout out, it seems to me, to the homosexual lobby."

Grenell had also been criticized for his sexist tweets (which were deleted from his account).

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  1. yet another resignation from a position of power.

    Posted by: jim | May 1, 2012 3:31:11 PM

  2. Hey Richard, if Romney were a strong leader he'd be able to squelch the hatred from the fascist right. Seems Obama probably doesn't look so "weak" when the man that hired you won't stand up for you.

    Maybe now you'll understand why many of us have such vitrol for the Republican party. And why we view someone like you as a man who will sell his soul to the highest bidder.

    Posted by: Bart | May 1, 2012 3:33:42 PM

  3. I detest Grennell because of his politics.

    But an odious right-winger gay guy is still ten thousands more deserving of respect than the odious American Taliban who control the GOP.

    Posted by: K in VA | May 1, 2012 3:34:09 PM

  4. Seeing this, GOProud? The former governor from Massachusetts can't even have a gay employee without feeling the wrath of the crazy GOP base. What makes you think he'd be "allowed" to actually do anything of substance for LGBT people?

    Posted by: Mike | May 1, 2012 3:42:45 PM

  5. So Grennell, now you know what it feels like to be fired from a job because you are gay. Hurts, doesn't it? Maybe you'll learn a lesson. The Republicans hate us, don't want us near them, don't want us to have jobs, etc., etc.

    Posted by: jht | May 1, 2012 3:43:38 PM

  6. Bad that he's gay, perfectly OK that he's a raging misogynist. Roger that.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | May 1, 2012 3:45:17 PM

  7. I agree with Bart, as a potential leader, Romney has the opportunity to lead by example here and make the right decision. At the very least he should condemn the bigots who pushed for this resignation.

    Posted by: chad | May 1, 2012 3:46:24 PM

  8. He started out in the position as a jerk with his comments about women needing to dress like women, and now he's out on his a@@ despite pretending to go along with their misogynistic ideals. Oh well. Now everybody hates him.

    Posted by: MrJ | May 1, 2012 3:48:01 PM

  9. Well Log Cabin Republicans, as much as you love money and all the power it brings, remember that the hate for you by that party is even more powerful. Better run home and hide before they find you.

    Posted by: StevyD | May 1, 2012 3:50:43 PM

  10. I can't wait to hear what GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans have to say about this. Surely we're all blowing the GOP's anti-gay rhetoric entirely out of proportion.

    I feel little sympathy for the tool, but I'd rather he been kept on to spite the right-wingers and maybe alienate them. Hopefully he's learned his lesson that gays will always be thrown under the bus by Republicans, even those that don't personally have a problem with gays. Grenell is a second-class citizen to Romney and the Right, plain and simple.

    Posted by: Iko | May 1, 2012 3:51:44 PM

  11. I disagree with his politics, but what is worse than his resigning because he is gay it that Romney accepted his resignation. He already has the nomination sown up and he didnt have the balls to stand up and defend an employee he chose to the extreme fringe right of his party and tell them to go bugger themselves. Not likely he would do anything as President expect to fight any progressive legislation.
    I suppose 60 years ago these same wing nuts, or their parents, were fighting against the Black civil rights movement. Lord knows they could find Biblical justification for that too.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | May 1, 2012 3:52:40 PM


    Time to take a break, resign from the party, and tell them you will be back when they do not force you to be a traitor to yourself and those you love.

    Posted by: Bob | May 1, 2012 3:54:34 PM

  13. He's complaining about a hyper-partisan atmosphere as a Republican? Give me a break. Who caused that?

    Zero sympathy.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 1, 2012 3:56:22 PM

  14. when all is said and done, it's kind of win/win. Repubs, still a-holes. Gay Repubs (ugh), let's see how you spin this...

    Posted by: doug | May 1, 2012 3:59:54 PM

  15. Oh Mr Grenell, you are old enough to know that when you sup with the devil you must use a long spoon.

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | May 1, 2012 4:09:40 PM

  16. Now who was the Poster yesterday calling to change things from the inside ?
    Jim, was that you ?

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | May 1, 2012 4:11:13 PM

  17. I wonder how pissed Grenell was that not once did Romney or his campaign speak out against the homophobes. When the Post asked the Romney campaign for a comment, they made sure to say Grenell resigned for "his own personal reasons". They said he was highly qualified but not once did they condemn the attack from the far right or religious whackjobs. And I think it is interesting that we hadn't heard a thing from Grenell since he was hired. I guess the Romney campaign didn't think he was that useful.

    I kinda feel bad for Grenell but not too much. At the end of the day, he is still a sexist tool.

    Posted by: KT | May 1, 2012 4:19:22 PM

  18. See what happens when you play with fire? You get burnt. When will these money grubbing gays understand that the GOP hates them.

    Posted by: Dairyqueen | May 1, 2012 4:22:18 PM

  19. This is how it will go down. RIP: Gay marriage.

    Posted by: Edward | May 1, 2012 4:33:11 PM

  20. Edward, what? Why would that be the case? The old folks are still dying, and several states have already achieved equality (mine by huge margins). The GOP will be left behind, but how is that news?

    Posted by: KevinVT | May 1, 2012 4:35:13 PM

  21. "my ability to speak...has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign"

    Really? You believe they reserve their disgust for you, only for Presidential campaigns?

    C'mon, buddy... grow a pair & tell'em to f*k themselves.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | May 1, 2012 4:36:18 PM

  22. BUH-BYE KAPO!!! Don't let the dorr slam on your worhtless ass on the way out!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 1, 2012 4:38:28 PM

  23. I saw Jim LaSalvia's of GoProud comments: " The best and brightest aren't able to do their jobs because a few on the fringe are so fascinated with their personal lives and make such an issue out of it that they are forced to leave their jobs," he said. "On a day that national security affairs are front and center, Mitt Romney doesn't have the best person out there speaking for him, and he has Bryan Fischer [of the American Family Association] and Tony Perkins [of the Family Research Council] to thank for that."

    Seems they're going to blame the bigots. But shouldn't he also blame Romney, for not standing up to the bigot and putting Grenell front and center, considering Romney wants to be the most powerful person in the whole US of A? Romney shows he'll be gutless on gay rights issues.

    Posted by: sara | May 1, 2012 4:41:56 PM

  24. I'm puzzled by the Eric Slocum story. He was a terrific reporter and the few times I ran into him around town he seemed like a very nice guy, but he committed suicide back in February, as noted in the dateline in the article. Any particular reason for posting it now?

    Posted by: Smartypants | May 1, 2012 4:43:42 PM

  25. And who says that the Republican Party is anti-gay? Anyone with a brain!!!

    Posted by: jack | May 1, 2012 4:48:12 PM

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