Richard Grenell Quits; Is Too Gay for the Romney Campaign

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 17:44 EDT
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Richard Grenell at the UN, 2008 via Flickr
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Nine short days ago, I wrote this:

If you were a presidential candidate facing a huge gender gap in the polls, would you: A) Hire as your new spokesman a guy who has made such repeated sexist attacks against women like Rachel Maddow, Callista Gingrich, Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, and Michelle Obama, that he had to scrub 800 tweets from his account, or would you: B) TOTALLY NOT HIRE THAT GUY.

If you chose option B, congratulations! You’re not Mitt Romney!


Oh, and Grenell is openly gay — not that there’s anything wrong with it — but that is not going to play well with social conservatives (like hatemonger Bryan J. Fischer) who already have serious concerns about Romney’s mormoniness.

So there you have it, folks — with this questionable political hire, it seems the Mittastrophe might never end.

Today, this happened:

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.

In a statement obtained by Right Turn, Grenell says:


    I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. 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.

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.

I hate to do the Toldja So Dance, Mittens, but — Oh, who am I kidding!  I love to do the Toldja So Dance!

Hey, don’t feel bad! You had a gay guy on your staff for nine whole days! Grenell’s employment lasted longer than Hanukkah! That’s got to mean something.

ABL aka Angry Black Lady aka Imani Gandy is a recovering attorney with a burning love of fire and perfectly-constructed sentences. The “anger” portion of her moniker stems not from her displeasure at the hellscape that American politics has become, but rather is a symptom of the pituitary tumor which has been indefinitely detained in her brain since 2006. When she’s not pointing out that people are wrong on the Internet – or writing for Balloon Juice, The Grio, The Team Uterati Wiki Project, or RH Reality Check -- she likes long sits on the beach. Also, she thinks gravity is a real downer. You can follow her on Twitter at @AngryBlackLady.
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