Patt Morrison for May 2, 2012

Openly gay spokesman resigns from Romney campaign over 'hyper-partisan issues'

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event in Chantilly, Virginia, on May 2, 2012. Romney said he was 'pleased' by US President Barack Obama's visit to Afghanistan, after the election-year rivals had sparred over the commemoration of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman resigned yesterday after some social conservatives criticized the campaign's appointment of the openly gay Republican.

In a statement published in the Washington Post’s Right Turn, Richard Grenell revealed that his “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.”

The Romney campaign was reportedly reluctant to use Grenell as a spokesman due to pressure from socially conservative circles that object to his support of same-sex marriage.

WEIGH IN:

Was the campaign manipulated by conservatives who condemn same-sex marriage? What does his resignation mean for the Romney campaign’s appeal to gay Republicans?

Guests:

Christian Berle, deputy executive director, Log Cabin Republicans, a national gay and lesbian Republican grassroots organization

Emily Schultheis, national political reporter for Politico


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