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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. Wow. Just wow. They actually caved to Bryan Fischer?? That speaks volumes. VOLUMES.

    I'm sort of in disbelief. In the year 2012, a candidate for President of the United States -- on a major party ticket -- would actually fire a staffer for being gay. Speechless.

    Posted by: Rick | May 1, 2012 4:56:37 PM

  2. "President Obama's foreign policy failures" on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death ? Ironic.
    This guy is a quisling mouthpeice, nothing more. I have no sympathy for him, he got in bed with dogs and got up with fleas, he got what he deserved.
    Romney is showing what spinelss, sleazy piece of work he really is, his word and support is worth nothing.

    Posted by: NwYrkr | May 1, 2012 4:57:39 PM

  3. Another openly gay person receives the 2012 Republican Welcome Wagon. Someone needs to get the memo to those still locked inside their GOProud and LCR bubbles that Romney's party only likes you when you're a good closeted boy. At least he can get back to his misogynist tweets now!

    Posted by: Ernie | May 1, 2012 5:04:57 PM

  4. Congrats, gay left! A gay Republican resigned, you won. You hate gay Republicans as much as your tactical ally, the religious right.

    Posted by: AG | May 1, 2012 5:17:52 PM

  5. Haha, AG, are you feeling like you got punched in the mouth? You deserve it. Democrats aren't perfect, but your group won't even give you a seat at the table. They don't even want the Uncle Toms to use what skills they have while keeping them from full equality. Enjoy your day!

    Posted by: PDX Guy | May 1, 2012 5:27:01 PM

  6. To AG...it was the Republican right who didn't want "the gay" in their little tent, so I don't know why you are blaming the left? But nice try though!

    Posted by: KL | May 1, 2012 5:28:10 PM


    Posted by: VDUFFORD | May 1, 2012 5:37:42 PM

  8. On the bright side, now Miss Grenell has plenty of time to sit at home (and watch Rachel Maddow, employed with her own tv show and with a #1 NYTimes bestselling book - 4th week on The List) and string pearls.

    Posted by: Oliver | May 1, 2012 5:40:46 PM

  9. AG:

    - Religious right does everything in its power to take rights away from gays.
    - Gay republicans help to elect them anyway.
    - Religious right forces gay republicans out.
    - It's the gay left's fault.

    It takes a special kind of willful stupidity to actually try to push this line of "logic". Grenell resigned because the religious right wanted him out. People like him, and like you, help keep those right wingers in power. Own it, stop blaming it on everyone else, and STFU.

    Posted by: Rafi | May 1, 2012 5:42:22 PM

  10. @AG: You think the religious right is a tactical ally of the democrats? What planet do you live on ? They OWN the republican party. Yep, the once GOP is now owned by a bunch of bible thumpers.

    Posted by: jack | May 1, 2012 5:52:28 PM

  11. Wanted to say long ago that David Ehrenstein is clearly the most repugnant creature posting on this site. No one else here can compete with him in terms of hate.

    Posted by: AG | May 1, 2012 5:54:32 PM

  12. It's Tuesday.

    Tomorrow, he'll issue a "clarification" that the hyperpartisanship he refers to is the nasty, nasty Left.

    His statement is completely vague about who he means. (OK, whom he means) It's the WashPo that's reporting the obvious. He'll probably blame the librul media, as well.

    Posted by: BobN | May 1, 2012 6:04:28 PM

  13. Both the religious right and the left-wingers want the GOP to be a bunch of bible thumpers. The former because that's who they are, and the latter because it discredits the GOP. In this sense they are tactical allies.

    Posted by: AG | May 1, 2012 6:11:04 PM

  14. Ok, let me see if I have this straight. Grenell is openly gay and supports marriage equality yet belongs to a party that not only opposes marriage equality but also basic civil rights for him. So how does he support marriage equality? He does not. If the GOP were to win in November it would be a vindication in their minds that their anti-gay positions are the winning ones. If gay republicans really want to help their party get over their exploitation of anti-gay animus they should be working for their partys defeat. Perhaps a major loss in November will help the GOP see their anti-gay plank is the wrong way. If Grenell wanted to keep his job he could have come out against equality so that the right can claim even gays don't believe they are equal. But still, it's just the fact he is gay that did him in. No matter how much of a quisling or kapo a gay republican is he/she will still be rejected.

    Posted by: ian | May 1, 2012 6:18:22 PM

  15. The 2012 GOP IS the religious right, as the Grenell fiasco demonstrates. They discredit themselves as a modern party quite well every day without any help from the left.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 1, 2012 6:22:40 PM

  16. @Nwyrkr: This white male U S Navy veteran will proudly go to the polls in November and vote to reelect that outstanding human being and president MR Obama. Deal with it. Thats right, deal with it!!!!!!

    Posted by: jack | May 1, 2012 6:31:19 PM

  17. Thanks Rafi for your succinct skewering of the delusional AG.

    Posted by: antb | May 1, 2012 6:33:01 PM

  18. For some reason, this development really bothers me. I'm not sure, but I think some line has been crossed in the Republican Party, and it is a deeply troubling one for the future of the country.

    Posted by: happyday | May 1, 2012 6:37:42 PM

  19. AG: It is not what some people want. The Republican party is controlled by a bunch of bible thumpers. Just ask Fr Santorum. The Republican party's message throughout most of the primary election season has been a Taliban-Lite message.They are anti women, anti gay, anti science, anti green etc. They own your party. Deal with it.

    Posted by: jack | May 1, 2012 6:38:04 PM

  20. Conservative gays-----conservatives just aren't that into you. That goes for Richard Grenell, Rick/Jason/etc., Markus, AJ, and other right-wingers here. I think Grenell is a pretty detestable individual, I don't support gays who go out of their way to fight for inclusion within a group of people who can't stand their existence, but at the end of the day, homophobia is homophobia, and this collusion by social conservatives to push Richard Grenell out of Romney's campaign team is horrific homophobia. Romney only hired Grenell because he wanted to look more inclusive and it backfired, predictably.

    And if there was ANY question whether or not you would vote for Obama in November, better read and re-read this story a few times to get this message stuck in your heads: REPUBLICANS, BY AND LARGE, HATE THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. A vote for anyone but Obama (and that includes not voting at all) is a vote that ultimately damages our community. Stories like this make me motivated to make sure Romney doesn't win in November.

    Posted by: Francis | May 1, 2012 7:04:11 PM

  21. Jack, you mis-read my posting. It was intended to be critical of Grenell and Grenell's characterization of President Obama"s foreign policy as a "failure" when President Obama has restored our reputaion abroad, has been the voice of reason and destroyed a mass murderer and seriously weakened his network. I voted for Obama in 2008, will do again in November and contribute to every other e-mail request for campaign contributions, not much, but every little bit helps. I think history will see Obama as one of our more successful presidents along the lines of FDR

    Posted by: NwYrkr | May 1, 2012 7:44:59 PM

  22. Don't forget to take off your rose colored glasses before you get punched in the face.

    Posted by: Edward | May 1, 2012 7:58:11 PM

  23. Any facts for that statement there Edward ?Or just more typical right wing hyperbolic garbage completely contrary to the facts ?

    Posted by: NwYrkr | May 1, 2012 8:24:26 PM

  24. Guess he didn't get the Ken Melhman memo....GURL u got to be
    in the CLOSET if you wanna work for the GOP...and hate you some of the queers every now and then.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | May 1, 2012 8:40:07 PM

  25. Grenell can fade away into the sunset for all I care, but, still: What a cowardly little wimp.

    Posted by: ConBab | May 1, 2012 8:41:50 PM

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