Bush Adviser Hits Romney Camp For Ousting Gay Spokesman

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    May 03, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    Source: Think Progress

    Bush Adviser Hits Romney Camp For Ousting Gay Spokesman
    By Alex Seitz-Wald on May 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Former Bush political adviser Mark McKinnon criticized the Romney campaign for its handling of former foreign policy spokesman Ric Grenell, who resigned from the campaign just weeks after being hired. Romney had been under fire from anti-gay activists on the far right for taking on Grenell, who is openly gay, and instead of standing up the haters, the campaign muzzled the Grenell, then grudgingly accepted his resignation in order to avoid a confrontation.

    McKinnon, who also served on Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential run and went on to found the group No Lables, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell today that Grenell’s departure is “very unfortunate” and said Romney should have stood by his aide, because Americans want a president who has “clear convictions and stands behind his decisions”

    MCKINNON: It’s disappointing, it’s frustrating for a lot of us Republicans who would like to see more people like Grenell in positions of authority. … Clearly, he was being muzzled for some reason…and that seems to a response to pressure from the right.

    These are examples where people like me would like to see Mitt Romney stand up and say, I don’t care what people think, this is my guy, I’m standing behind him, and I want him out front. We need to see more examples of that, because what people ultimately want in a president is somebody who’s strong, somebody who’s bold, somebody who has clear convictions and stands behind his decisions.

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    May 03, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    White4DarkerFL said

    MCKINNON: These are examples where people like me would like to see Mitt Romney stand up and say, I don’t care what people think, this is my guy, I’m standing behind him, and I want him out front. We need to see more examples of that, because what people ultimately want in a president is somebody who’s strong, somebody who’s bold, somebody who has clear convictions and stands behind his decisions.



    I agree with this whole-heartedly. I'm not sure if Mitt Romney standing up for Grenell would have kept him there, since Grenell seemed bound and determined to not take the heat. The whole debacle was a major disappointment for all concerned --- that is, accept the far right fringe who got to claim victory on this one.
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    May 03, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
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    White4DarkerFL said

    MCKINNON: These are examples where people like me would like to see Mitt Romney stand up and say, I don’t care what people think, this is my guy, I’m standing behind him, and I want him out front. We need to see more examples of that, because what people ultimately want in a president is somebody who’s strong, somebody who’s bold, somebody who has clear convictions and stands behind his decisions.



    I agree with this whole-heartedly. I'm not sure if Mitt Romney standing up for Grenell would have kept him there, since Grenell seemed bound and determined to not take the heat. The whole debacle was a major disappointment for all concerned --- that is, accept the far right fringe who got to claim victory on this one.


    The Far Right is not a fringe in the GOP.

    They run the show.
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    May 03, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    White4DarkerFL said
    CuriousJockAZ said
    White4DarkerFL said

    MCKINNON: These are examples where people like me would like to see Mitt Romney stand up and say, I don’t care what people think, this is my guy, I’m standing behind him, and I want him out front. We need to see more examples of that, because what people ultimately want in a president is somebody who’s strong, somebody who’s bold, somebody who has clear convictions and stands behind his decisions.



    I agree with this whole-heartedly. I'm not sure if Mitt Romney standing up for Grenell would have kept him there, since Grenell seemed bound and determined to not take the heat. The whole debacle was a major disappointment for all concerned --- that is, accept the far right fringe who got to claim victory on this one.


    The Far Right is not a fringe in the GOP.

    They run the show.


    Not true!!! Don't take MY word for it...just ask Michelle Bachmann or Rick Santorum icon_wink.gif
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    May 03, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
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    These are examples where people like me would like to see Mitt Romney stand up and say, I don’t care what people think, this is my guy, I’m standing behind him, and I want him out front. We need to see more examples of that, because what people ultimately want in a president is somebody who’s strong, somebody who’s bold, somebody who has clear convictions and stands behind his decisions.


    In other words, what people want in a President, Mitt Romney is not capable of doing, due to his weakness and anti-gay bigotry.
  • Lincsbear

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    May 03, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    Yes, Romney looks weak. I`m afraid this will only embolden the far right of his party to make more demands of him.

    Sometimes as leader you have to face down your own side in order to do the right thing!