AirTalk for August 29th, 2012

Did GOP conservatives force openly gay Romney spokesman's resignation?

Richard Grenell 2012 Republican National Convention

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Richard Grenell sits down for an interview with Larry Mantle at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

A Southern California native, Richard Grenell has been active in politics for years. He has served as a consultant to former New York Governor George Pataki, as well as the Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for the previous four U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations.

His most recent role was on Mitt Romney’s campaign, working as the Republican nominee’s national security spokesman. However, that stint lasted less than a week as conservatives concerned with traditional marriage and family values pressured Grenell, an openly gay man, to resign. He acquisced, and Romney accepted his resignation.

What does this mean for those who are openly gay within the Republican Party? How does Grenell feel about his decision to leave the campaign now?


Richard Grenell, spokesman for the last 4 US ambassadors to the UN; he also briefly served as Mitt Romney's national security spokesman

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