Richard A. Grenell, who was hired just last month as national security and foreign policy spokesman for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign staff, caused a big stir in political and journalism arenas for his harsh views. Now he is causing another stir: he resigned today from the Romney camp, and media reports are suggesting he was pushed out by anti-gay conservatives in the Republic Party. Grenell worked at the United States mission for the United Nations during the George W. Bush presidency.
Grenell’s statement, published by The Washington Post, reads: “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.”
Grenell, 45, joined the Romney campaign with a solid Republican legacy, having worked for President Bush for eight years as director of communications and public diplomacy at the US mission to the UN. His immediate boss was John Bolton, the US ambassador to the UN from 2005 to 2006. People feared that Bolton’s denigrations of the UN would be echoed once again by Grenell through his Romney post and a Romney presidency, if that materialized.
The Washington Post quoted articles in the National Review, the conservative publication, saying that Grenell could not be openly gay and work for a Republican presidential candidate. Grenell was also apparently left out of the Romney campaign conversation recently on the merits of President Obama’s national security policies.
In addition, Grenell attracted attention for deleting hundreds of his own tweets, notably those on prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, when he was first hired by Romney.