Romney's Openly Gay Spokesman Resigns
Richard Grenell had been controversial
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2012 5:24 PM CDT
A screen grab of Richard Grenell off YouTube.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Richard Grenell's job as Mitt Romney's foreign policy spokesman lasted all of about two weeks. Grenell had been a source of controversy on two fronts: He was openly gay, which rankled some conservative commenters, and he had issued a long trail of tweets before taking the job that mocked not only Callista Gingrich but prominent Democratic women, including Rachel Maddow and Hillary Clinton. The Right Turn blog at the Washington Post broke the news and says Grenell was "hounded" from the job "by anti-gay conservatives." (It cites this National Review column as an example.)

But Politico says Grenell's "off-color and massively off-message tweets" also played a role, as does CNN.

  • Grenell statement: "... 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." But he made a point to thank Romney for his "clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team."
  • Romney camp: “We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons. We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.”