Gay Adviser Quits Romney Campaign

It may not be “don’t ask, don’t tell” in Mitt Romney’s campaign, but it might need to be a new policy soon, as foreign policy adviser Richard Grenell resigns due to pressure from social conservatives who disapprove of his sexual orientation.

According to The Hill, “A few leading social conservatives including the American Family Association had attacked Romney for adding Grenell to the campaign, and some bloggers including one at the influential National Review questioned whether he would stay loyal to Romney if President Obama announced support for same-sex marriage.”

Grenell made sure to take a swing at the social conservatives calling for his ouster before he left.  “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.”

So, just so we are clear — social conservatives pressured a Romney adviser into quitting because of his sexual orientation.  However, they had no issue with the same adviser’s string of sexist comments regarding women.

No wonder the GOP has a women problem.

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Heather G.
Heather G5 years ago

A lot of commenters seem surprised that someone gay would be a republican. Why? Gay does not automatically mean liberal, just like conservative does not automatically mean straight. How many people base their choice of political party on their sexual orientation? Also "conservative" and "liberal" are not clear-cut categories, they only exist in relation to each other, as two parts of a whole rather than two separate things, and maybe they are more alike than different. It's entirely possible to be both conservative and liberal, for instance, to think obamacare should be repealed but that same-sex couples should be able to marry.

Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance5 years ago

After reading several articles about this, 'good riddance' seems appropriate. It seems that this loyal Republican/Teabagger has no sense of propriety or common sense. Should he have been fired for being gay --- absolutely not. There is nothing wrong with being gay, unless of course you're part of the GOP and then you have to deal with all their social and religious fundies. Then it is CYA boys!

Valarie Snell
Valarie Snell5 years ago


Ron B.
Ron B5 years ago

Obama's foreign policy failures and weak leadership?? There is certainly nothing wrong with being gay, but there is with being blindly ignorant. The one thing that Grenell needs to get straight is his thinking about Obama and the Democrats. This guy has been drinking way too much Republican kool-aid and is spouting the same old lying GOP talking points.

Johnice R.
Johnice R5 years ago

It appears the Mittens fired Mr. Grenell after the GOP higher-ups told him to. It appears that he was guilty of being gay, trashing Rachel Maddow and others on Twitter before he was hired. The GOP did not feel that a gay person could voice their message effectively. Mittens loves to fire people, he is on the record for stating such thus, bye-bye Mr. Grenell!

Romney's Bigot Base Bullies Gay Foreign Policy Spokesman Into Quitting

Posted byriese
on May 2, 2012

Well, that was "fun" while it lasted!
Some were surprised when Mitt Romney's campaign hired an openly gay Republican foreign policy spokesman named Richard Grenell last month. Those surprised people will probably feel less surprised to hear that Grenell "abruptly resigned on Tuesday after antigay elements in the party criticized his appointment and some Republican advisers said Mr. Grenell had been sidelined by the campaign during a busy foreign policy week."

Ben M.
Ben M.5 years ago

Come on LADIES, come on HOMOSEXUALS, come on RATIONAL THINKING U.S. CITIZENS, vote the Republicans out of every office we can. If we want change this is the only way for us to move toward being an actual democracy. I guarantee that Mitt Romney, and anyone who would even consider supporting him, does not have the citizens of our country in his best interst!

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V5 years ago

I won’t try to list all the people the Republicans, the Tea Party and the Religious Fanatics are attacking, the list is too long. It is much easier to but it this way. Unless you are a very RICH, WHITE, CHRISTIAN MALE, why the hell would you vote for these want to be dictators??? This article shows they don’t mind throwing one of their own under the bus if it suits them. Bet the idiot will still vote Republican because it takes a lot to reverse the brainwashing.

Diana Bair
Diana Bair5 years ago

A person that is gay, should no circumstances be involved with a republician, a party that does not care for or support him/her. people are people.....humans, no matter their life style, This world is made up of so many different types, in so many ways. we can accept or not but we do not be filled with hateard for others. Mitt is wrong for this country, and dishonest. Not only is romney involved in sending jobs to other countries, He has sent large portions of his MONEY also. in the "The National Memo", I read; where not only does romney have a swiss account, and holdings in the cayman islands, he/family, also has accounts in bermuda,ireland,luxembourg, germany, and australia, and not disclosed in tax returns. LOOK IT UP, I am sure I got it all right, but check it out, and he WANTS to be our PRESIDENT!!!!!!??????!!!!!!!. I am voting straight DEMOCRAT,........Diana.

Jerry t.
Jerold t5 years ago

Why would a gay ever hook up with that Godless thing in the first place?

Kristen H.
Kristen H5 years ago

Hopefully this misguided Republican will re-think his party affiliation after this... I do hope it hasn't messed his mind up too terribly. People are unbelievably cruel and I agree, that the emphasis on personal issues detracts from the ability to fill staff positions with people who are qualified to do the job(s) that need doing. Perhaps this is why we currently have a throng of Play-Doh men and Plastic women in government today. Hm.