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Was Richard Grenell Asked to Resign?

By May 2, 2012

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After a Republican candidate race that mirrored more of an audition for X Factor than a political showdown, the stage couldn't be brighter for Mitt Romney.

Speculation over his attractiveness to American ultra-conservative factions may still be in question, but no longer can politicos deny his staying power. He's beat out the king of chicken, the queen of spin, the prince of controversy and the crust of the scary side of American conservatism to become the GOP presidential hopeful.

It comes as know surprise, however, that like most good media images Romney's play into the Republican hearts was manufactured by a gay man.

Openly gay Richard Grenell, 45, was hired by Romney as an adviser on foreign policy and national security in April after previously serving as spokesman for the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.

While Grenell's credentials place him in prime position to spar with the Obama camp over foreign policy, a favorite talking point of Republican leaders, his personal life has proven more scandalous than the idea of preserving Alaskan wetlands. So much so that Grenell resigned abruptly Tuesday citing increased criticism and probing into his personal life.

A Romney spokesman said the office is "disappointed that Ric decided to resign... for his own personal reasons," but the his exit adds more than a tinge of curiosity.

Grenell may be highly qualified to help propel Romney to victory, but being an openly gay man makes him less than attractive to ultra-conservative voting blocks, whom have little trust in Romney's closeted liberalism.

Romney has a history of playing to the right while his natural tendencies read more moderate. Yet, the political whispers in his ear continue to advise against the McCain mistake of appearing too mainstream. Could it be that GOP would rather loose 2012 than admit that its potential victory was on the strength of an openly gay man?
May 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(1) James Butler says:

Has anything really changed? The Republican Party has always made it perfectly clear that it abhors homosexuals because it has to pander to the evangelical right. It is beyond me how any gay individual worth his or her salt could support Republicans!

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