By Ryan Collett
Mitt Romney’s newly-hired foreign policy and national security spokesperson resigned this week. Richard Grenell, who is openly gay, was hired by the Romney presidential campaign only two weeks ago.
While far-right Republicans condemned Romney’s hiring of an openly gay staffer, the majority of public criticisms about Grenell stemmed from inappropriate statements he had written on his Twitter account.
Upon his appointment to the Romney campaign, Grenell deleted the Twitter messages along with his personal website — but not before reporters were able to find them.
The Romney campaign claims that Grenell’s speedy resignation was his own decision.
“We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons,” said Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades. “We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications.”
Grenell, a Republican, previously served former president George W. Bush as spokesperson for the US Ambassador to the United Nations and held the position for more than seven years. On his resignation from Romney’s team, Grenell commented on the “hyperpartisan 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 nonissue for him and his team.”