|Richard Grenell, a gay conservative agitator.|
Besides the president, Mitt Romney spent a majority of his campaign beaten down his political foes within his own party.
I'll admit that most Republicans aren't satisfied with the notion of him being their nominee, but they're desperate and they'll vote for anything to defeat President Barack Obama.
After a brutal primary fight against Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, the race for the nomination has been a little bruising for the soon to be nominee Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney, the former one term governor of Massachusetts is running once again for President Of The United States. After suffering a setback in 2008, when Senator John McCain of Arizona managed to capture the Republican nomination, many thought that Mitt Romney would do it again.
Now Republicans see Mitt Romney as the one capable of beating President Barack Obama. The major concerns that face the Republican nominee, is pretty much him! Mitt Romney's inconsistencies will hurt him and Republicans are hoping that he'll eventually appeal to the Tea Party. They're hoping that when Mitt Romney secures the nomination and picks a viable running mate, the Republicans will be enthusiastic in voting for him.
But here comes the problems. The Obama campaign is going to hammer the former governor's one term record as governor. They'll find issues with his stance on issues. And the president's liberal allies will paint the former governor as an out of touch politician with statements that are inconsistent with general public. They will paint the former governor as a person willing to appeal to extremists.
Here's the kicker, a political ally who happens to be an openly gay Republican who has his share of outrageous statements is being forced out by the campaign. Richard Garnell, an openly gay conservative agitator who recently scrubbed his Twitter page after making inflammatory statements is on the firing squad after the American Family Association and other anti-gay groups warned the Romney campaign that he will face mutiny if he doesn't get rid of this guy.
|Mitt Romney's inconsistencies worries Republicans. After facing a brutal primary, Romney will become the Republican nominee for president. President Barack Obama will go after the candidate over his past statements.|
Gay Romney aide steps down, citing backlash over sexuality
In a statement provided to The Washington Post, Grenell, who is openly gay, said: “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.” He added: “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.”
Grenell was a volunteer consultant to the Romney team before he was officially brought aboard, but the hiring was controversial from the start.
Shortly after Romney announced that Grenell would join his team, the former spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations was forced to remove entries from his Twitter account that some considered offensive. Grenell came under fire for a series of snarky tweets aimed at women, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow; and Callista Gingrich, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
The tweets included posts about Clinton’s appearance, Gingrich’s hair and Maddow’s lack of jewelry,
And some longtime reporters openly complained about Grenell’s confrontational style, which sometimes included calls to editors and freezing reporters out of stories. Among Romney’s biggest champions in the twitterverse, Grenell often used his Twitter account to call out reporters and to criticize U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
|Richard Grenell's Twitter page with offensive tweets.|
Matthew J. Franck, director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute, called Grenell a “loose cannon” with a passion for the “gay agenda.”
“My problem is that by his own description he is an ardent activist for same-sex marriage who went to go work for a candidate who wants to defeat same-sex marriage. It doesn’t look good to the people that Romney needs support from to have an advocate for same-sex marriage in such a high-profile position,” Franck said. “The Romney campaign needs to be unequivocally opposed to same-sex marriage and to appear to be. The campaign has remedied a problem that was bound to get worse.”
While discussions of foreign policy have been front and center in the campaign for the White House, Grenell has been largely absent.
Last month, Eric Ferhnstrom, a senior Romney aide, welcomed Grenell to the fold with this cheeky tweet: “Welcome aboard to @RichardGrenell. Your etchasketch is in the top drawer. Storage for your sense of shame is on 3rd floor.”
The Romney team maintains that it was Grenell’s decision to leave his post.
“We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons,” campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in a statement. “We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.”
Jennifer Rubin, who writes The Washington Post’s Right Turn blog, contributed to this report.