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Romney’s Gay National Security Spokesman Resigns

by Kasie Hunt
Wednesday May 2, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's national security spokesman resigned Tuesday after critics questioned his conservatism because he is gay.

Richard Grenell announced he had decided to leave Romney's campaign shortly after he was hired in late April. Grenell, who is openly gay, previously worked for neoconservative former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, as well as other foreign policy hawks.

"My ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyperpartisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign," Grenell said in a prepared statement.

Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades said the campaign was disappointed with Grenell's decision, saying he "had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill."

While the presidential campaign has centered on foreign policy in recent days, Grenell was not speaking on the record on behalf of the Romney campaign during that time. Vice President Joe Biden made a major address in New York, and the Obama campaign has been marking the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.

A series of critics on the right had suggested Grenell's sexuality would present problems for the Romney campaign. Romney has struggled to court the religious wing of the Republican Party as he sought the nomination, having previously changed his position on social issues like abortion.

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  • Marc , 2012-05-03 03:57:33

    The Republican party has lost its collective mind.

  • , 2012-05-05 02:33:22

    i cannot believe that mitt romney, who RUINED this state, is now their candidate for president. how stupid are these people who vote for him ?? what’s really scary is how these candidates somehow have an actual chance - even with a campaign against ex-pres bush’ re-election: "anybody but bush" because he didn’t win the first election and was clearly doing a horrible job, but it didn’t seem to matter and he actually won that second time around.. it makes you think we are absolute idiots. america has no idea how to do what would be best for them.. if every intelligent vote cancels out and idiot’s vote, we can clearly see that more idiots are voting. all i can say is If you know some smart people, make sure they get to the polls.

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