New Romney Spokesman Tweaking Left and Right

Left calls Richard Grenell sexist, right annoyed that he's gay
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2012 7:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's newly appointed foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell has only been on the job a couple of days, but already he's drawing plenty of heat from both sides of the aisle. The left is upset with Grenell's tendency to make sexist attacks on women, particularly on Twitter, reports Raw Story. Rachel Maddow seems to be a popular target of Grenell's, with him tweeting a year ago that she "needs to take a breath and put on a necklace," and more recently calling her a Justin Bieber "#DeadRinger." In addition to Republicans' usual female targets, such as Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, Grenell has insulted Callista Gingrich repeatedly—“do you think callista’s hair snaps on?," snarked one tweet—and has said that the Obamas' children should be fair game, too.

But Grenell has also alienated many on the right, mostly just by being openly gay, notes Buzzfeed. Bryan Fischer, an analyst for the American Family Association, said that Grenell's appointment was a clear "message to the pro-family community: drop dead." While Romney distanced himself from Fischer, many Democrats seemed to be delighting in the Republican in-fighting caused by Grenell. "Let them have at it," says a former Clinton aide. "Fun for the whole family." (Read more Richard Grenell stories.)

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