Grenell Departure Is Romney Campaign's First Big Mess

Campaign failed to anticipate problems: NYT
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2012 12:32 PM CDT
Grenell Departure Is Romney Campaign's First Big Mess
Richard Grenell   (InfoCareMedia)

At least six top Romney campaign aides and advisers called Richard Grenell after he submitted his resignation, urging him to reconsider and remain Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesperson. But after weeks of being silenced and, he felt, not allowed to do his job, Grenell was done, the New York Times reports in an extensive look at the mess behind the Grenell incident—or what the Times calls “the Republican candidate’s first public misstep since effectively clinching the nomination.”

The Romney camp made at least two mistakes: It received glowing personal recommendations for Grenell but failed to vet him digitally—thus missing his controversial Twitter postings—and it failed to anticipate how big of a problem his sexuality would be. When the backlash to his appointment started up, Grenell was repeatedly told to lie low and let it blow over. He repeatedly asked to take a more public role but was not allowed to; the last straw was an extremely important conference call, before which Grenell was specifically asked not to speak. Click for the full story. (More Richard Grenell stories.)

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