Romney Abandons Openly-Gay Spokesman — Driven Out by Gay Haters

May 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM 2 comments

So, less than two weeks ago, Mitt Romney appointed openly-gay Richard Grenell as his Foreign Policy and National Security spokesman.  Grenell didn’t get off to a very good start but that didn’t seem to be a problem. Then suddenly today, we hear that Grenell is out.  It wasn’t his nasty tweets (above link) that got him in trouble, it was the openly-gayness:

(Image via The Huffington Post)

Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives.


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.

Pieces in two conservative publications, the National Review and Daily Caller, reflected the uproar by some social conservatives over the appointment.


In the National Review, Mathew Frank wrote late last week: “Suppose Barack Obama comes out — as Grenell wishes he would — in favor of same-sex marriage in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. How fast and how publicly will Richard Grenell decamp from Romney to Obama?”


Romney can cross women off his list of potential voters, and Latinos and — woohoo — now gays.  Interesting election strategy.




Entry filed under: 2012 Election, GLBTQ, Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates".

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JC for pennies  |  May 2, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Too bad that the bigots are now riding high in the Romney campaign. But still, it sounds like being booted from the Romney camp couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  May 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Yeah, ahem, right.

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