Romney Campaign Hires Homocon Richard Grenell As Foreign Affairs Spokesman
The Romney campaign has hired homocon Richard Grenell as its spokesman on foreign affairs and national security issues. Metro Weekly:
Grenell served through September 2008 in the Bush administration as a spokesman to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- and told The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld as he left the administration that it was his hope that New York would have marriage equality soon and that he would one day be able to marry his partner, Matt Lashey. The couple has been together 10 years. Log Cabin Republicans executive director R. Clarke Cooper, who also served in the Bush administration, tells Metro Weekly that Grenell will be "a tremendous asset" to the Romney campaign. "Having served with Ric," Cooper says, "I can attest that his experience in the multi-lateral environment of the UN and familiarity with domestic and international media make Ric a strong voice."GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia told Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner: "I think [Romney] picked the best person for the job, and I think that's all you should read into this." Andrew Sullivan reacted too: "For Romney to have an openly gay spokesman is a real outreach to gay Republicans, a subtle signal to moderates, and the Santorum faction's reaction will be worth noting."
RELATED: Last month Grenell wrote a blistering attack on liberal gays for continuing to support President Obama. From the Washington Blade:
The overwhelming majority of people running gay organizations are Democratic activists that don’t want or believe in bipartisan politics. They just want Democrats to win elections. Capehart and the folks at HRC know that if they can’t deliver the gay votes and money for their Democratic Party candidates then they won’t get bigger jobs, consulting gigs or dinner invites. They are loyal to their party at the expense of the movement. It’s politically smart – if you want to further your career within the Democratic Party, that is. Gay leaders in Washington deserve this duplicitous president.And yet he goes to work for the signer of NOM's hate pledge, which vows to write anti-gay discrimination into the federal constitution.