HOUSE OF CARDS

Romney’s Gay Foreign-Policy Point Man Resigns After Being Bullied By Neo-Cons

Just two weeks after Richard Grenell (right) was hired to be Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy wonk, the openly gay spokesman has announced his resignation.

In a statement obtained by the Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin, 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.

Almost immediately after signing on, Grenell found himself stymied in the role—kept out of the loop and away from the microphone when international issues flared up. And conservative pundits were already branding him a Benedict Arnold for being a epublican and a homosexual. (Oh, he’s a traitor all right—just not to the GOP.)

Grenell got in hot water last week when a number of his tweets making fun of prominent Washington ladies (Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Callista Gingrich) surfaced, but it doesn’t seem like that was a factor in his leaving.
That make sense—it would require the GOP to be concerned with how it was viewed by women.

The Romney campaign actually tried to get Grenell to stay in his job, though to no avail.  “We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons,” Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades told Levin. “We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.”

Grenell already has his next gig lined up—working on Rep. Mary Bono Mack’s campaign. Apparently she doesn’t think he’s misogynistic. Republican war on women—pah!

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