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Mitt Romney wanted Richard Grenell to stay on the job.

Posted by on May. 4, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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(AP) PITTSBURGH - Walking a careful line, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Friday he had wanted an openly gay spokesman who resigned from his campaign this week to stay on. Hours later,he worked to court the party's conservative wing by meeting with former rival Rick Santorum.

In an interview with Fox News, Romney said his campaign hires people "not based upon their ethnicity, or their sexual preference or their gender but upon their capability." He called the former spokesman, Richard Grenell, a "capable individual" and said many senior campaign aides urged him not to leave.



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Jambo4
by Gold Member on May. 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

That's what I understand as well and the quote I posted the other day from Grenell also reflects that he doesn't think poorly of Mitt Romney.

I'll go get it.

Romney looks at experience and what the individual can bring to the team.. he always has.

Jambo4
by Gold Member on May. 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM
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Quoting Jambo4:

That's what I understand as well and the quote I posted the other day from Grenell also reflects that he doesn't think poorly of Mitt Romney.

I'll go get it.

Romney looks at experience and what the individual can bring to the team.. he always has.

Grenell:

 "I want to thank Gov. 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." 

mom2myprince
by on May. 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

 *SMFH*  They paid that man to say that.

Romney does not sit well with the gay community

If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, coopted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin?"

Though Romney has been quoted as saying he did not want Grenell, who is openly gay, to resign, Fischer continues, "He wanted this guy gone because there was not one word of defense", not a peep.

Being
aware of the Thought process is a way of seeing why you do some of the
things you do on a daily basis..Unconscious thought goes unnoticed and
you react with them without thinking about it.....Think deeply into what
makes you tick,what makes you happy and every other emotion you get
from thoughts..Learn your thought process and begin to know yourself..
Jambo4
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM


Quoting mom2myprince:

 *SMFH*  They paid that man to say that.


Do you have any proof or do you just like to disparage Grenell's words on your own assumptions?

Jambo4
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I thought this was interesting.  I read comments here about some tweets Grenell had done.  This gives a more rounded version of things. From the Washington Post. 

Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney spokesman, resigns

 at 03:26 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Richard Grenell is resigning from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign less than two weeks after being hired.

The foreign policy spokesman came under fire for some crude (and since deleted) tweets about various prominent women. He also drew criticism from some social conservatives for being openly gay.

Today was supposed to be Grenell’s first day.

Grenell explained his decision in a statement obtained by the Post’s Right Turn blog, which broke the story. He said that while his sexuality “was a non-issue” for Romney’s team, he struggled in the face of a ”hyperpartisan discussion of personal issues.”

“We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons,” said Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades. “We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.”

One adviser to Romney added that “every indication is that the decision” was made by Grenell himself. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton was among those who tried to convince him to stay.

Grenell is perhaps best known for being  George W. Bush ’s top spokesman at the United Nations, serving under Ambassadors Bolton,  John Negroponte  John Danforth  and  Zalmay Khalilzad .

But he had a reputation as a polarizing figure among press who worked with him in the past, with some U.N. reporters describing Grenell as overbearing and untrustworthy.

After he was hired by Romney and drew scrutiny for some of his past comments about Callista Gingrichand Michelle Obama, among others, Grenell deleted over 800 tweets from his account and took down his personal website.

He was hired through the policy side of the campaign — not the political side, where a different level of vetting occurs.

It’s not clear which “personal issues” caused Grenell to resign. Some supporters of President Obama’s campaign have decided it was his sexual orientation.

“Today we learned that in the year 2012, a Republican nominee for President can't have a gay person as spokesman,” wrote Obama Digital Director Teddy Goff on Twitter. “This is the kind of bigoted, anti-gay extremists a Romney administration would find itself held hostage to,” added pro-Obama super PAC founder Bill Burton. “After a brief and wondrous moratorium, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell once again firmly in place inside the Romney campaign,” said former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett.

“Ric was essentially hounded by the far right and far left,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper in a statement.

Grenell’s full statement:

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.
mom2myprince
by on May. 7, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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   *Open eyes people*

Don't blame just  the president.

Being
aware of the Thought process is a way of seeing why you do some of the
things you do on a daily basis..Unconscious thought goes unnoticed and
you react with them without thinking about it.....Think deeply into what
makes you tick,what makes you happy and every other emotion you get
from thoughts..Learn your thought process and begin to know yourself..
Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on May. 7, 2012 at 1:07 AM
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I'm glad to see a man willing to take on a GOOD worker nomatter what their race, sexual preference, gender, etc.

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