Anti-Gay Conservatives Force Mitt Romney’s Gay Spokesman To Resign
Only two weeks after being hired by Mitt Romney as his foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, an openly gay man, has resigned after conservative anti-gay groups such as the American Family Foundation forced him to do so. According to the Washington Post, the groups gave the Romney campaign much grief about the hiring and the flak was too much for Grenell, who felt unsupported by the campaign.
￼”I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman,” Grenell announced. “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.”
Matt Rhoades, a Romney campaign manager, reacted on behalf of the campaign stating, “We wanted him [Grenell] to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.”
But this resignation is likely to harm Mitt Romney, who is currently trying to shed his conservative skin in exchange for a more moderate one. This resignation demonstrates the clout that right-wing extremists have over Mitt Romney, who couldn’t even be bothered to publicly defend his hiring of Grenell against the pressure from anti-gay conservatives. It speaks volumes about Romney’s ability to make his own independent decisions without bowing to the demands of right-wing activists and hate groups. Here you have a prime example of Romney making an applaudable decision to hire a gay man before being forced to flip flop and allow him to resign without defending him once in public. If Romney cannot stand up to his own party, especially the extremists, he will be the kind of President that Grover Norquist wished for at CPAC, a wishy washy Chief Executive who will sign any bill conservative groups demand him to sign.