Mitt Romney wanted Richard Grenell to stay on the job.
(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.