Richard Grenell: Openly gay adviser to Romney campaign for brief time discusses marriage, gay Republicans and the election ADDED Video link, discusses why he left Romney campaign

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    May 23, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
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    Over the last few weeks there has been a public debate about how Republicans react to the issue of gay marriage. Some extremists have given the media fodder by suggesting that support for gay marriage disqualifies one from being a GOP activist. Some have even said that gay Republicans shouldn't be too visible or involved in party politics.

    But the implication of these views—that the conservative or Republican electorate consists of one-issue voters—is erroneous. Anti-gay extremists not only dismiss a plethora of serious issues confronting America and the world, but they fail to recognize the consistency of living by the conservative ideal of limiting government involvement in our lives.

    The claim that gays should be barred from conservative activism is not only bigoted but is a bipartisan view. The intolerant assault comes from the far right, who object to Republicans who are gay, and the far left, who object to gays being Republicans. When the extremists on both sides are the only ones speaking up, the majority suffers.

    In reality, not all GOP activists or even religious people want to be the arbiter of who gets to be a Republican. I grew up in an evangelical Christian home and attended an undergraduate evangelical Christian university. I know firsthand that many Christian conservatives and evangelicals applaud the partisan activism of gay conservatives. They recognize that individuals have different strengths and opinions. And like most Americans, they vote on a variety of issues with multidimensional and subjective priorities.

    Mitt Romney appointed me to serve as his foreign policy and national security spokesman based on my experience and qualifications to speak clearly and forcefully on his behalf. The governor and his team knew that I have consistently challenged the Obama administration's failure to lead the world and confront the most important international issues we face. They also knew I was gay.

    Thousands of Republicans privately voiced support for my appointment and were disappointed by the events that led to my resignation earlier this month. Some did so while admitting they disagreed with my support for gay marriage. But they too are passionate about a strong America, personal responsibility and independent religious institutions—issues that should be at the forefront of this year's presidential election.

    Like many voters, I rarely agree with a candidate's every position. I can support Mr. Romney for president but not agree with all of his stated policies. I can be proud of President Obama's personal support for gay marriage and still take exception to his dismal national-security and economic records.

    Millions of American voters will also evaluate both candidates' policies in total and come to the same conclusion: Mr. Obama doesn't deserve to be re-elected and Mr. Romney does.


    Voters need to be reminded of Mr. Obama's foreign-policy performance: his secret whispers to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for more flexibility on missile defense; his snubbing of Israel and other allies while extending a hand to those who want to degrade the U.S.; his inability to lead at the United Nations. The president's record proves he is too politically contrived and dangerously weak to deserve a second term.

    As the longest-serving spokesman for the United States at the United Nations, I saw firsthand the importance of a foreign policy focused on progress, not popularity. One needs to look no further than the brutal regimes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Eun to see that under Mr. Obama the U.S. has turned its back on too many that seek a better way of life.

    Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon than ever before and yet the president campaigns on the erroneous assumption that we are safer now. Allies like Turkey, India and Brazil openly ignore the U.S. while the president looks to make more concessions to Russia that gut our missile-defense capabilities. We've responded to our enemies and ignored our friends.

    Americans who agree on the principles of self-reliance, capitalism, unapologetic U.S. global leadership and a government designed to do what the private sector can't or won't do should support Mr. Romney. Mr. Obama, conversely, has demonstrated a willingness to abandon the entrepreneurial spirit that made America great while embracing a new era of government-centered decisions.

    While there are many reasons not to vote to re-elect President Obama, gay marriage is not one of those issues. National and economic security absolutely are.


    Mr. Grenell was director of communications and public diplomacy for the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2001-09. He served briefly as Mitt Romney's foreign-policy and national-security spokesman.
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    May 23, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    I'm sorry to burst your bubble John.. but I DETEST (most) gay republicans because they are PUSSIES. Not because they are conservative, but because they have absolutely NO balls to stand up to the party 'bosses' and tell them to go fuck themselves when it comes to 'gay' rights, privileges, and protections. AND they are PUSSIES and ball-less when standing up to the party bosses to tell them this crap about USING gays as a political football is BULLSHIT!

    Remember, I WAS a Republican for most of my adult life. I am a very fiscally conservative individual.. but I also make sure my voice is heard LOUDLY to either party when they are pulling bullshit.
    I have lived my entire life being taught to STAND up for myself and those I am protecting REGARDLESS of 'who' is oppressing whom.
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    May 23, 2012 10:03 PM GMT

    " But they too are passionate about a strong America, personal responsibility and independent religious institutions—issues that should be at the forefront of this year's presidential election."


    Well socal, what is meant by "independent religious institutions" ?


    "We've responded to our enemies and ignored our friends."

    Yet your current GOP when in power has in the past borrowed heavily from the world's largest communist country.

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    May 24, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidVoters need to be reminded of Mr. Obama's foreign-policy performance: his secret whispers to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for more flexibility on missile defense; his snubbing of Israel and other allies while extending a hand to those who want to degrade the U.S.; his inability to lead at the United Nations. The president's record proves he is too politically contrived and dangerously weak to deserve a second term.

    As the longest-serving spokesman for the United States at the United Nations, I saw firsthand the importance of a foreign policy focused on progress, not popularity. One needs to look no further than the brutal regimes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Eun to see that under Mr. Obama the U.S. has turned its back on too many that seek a better way of life.


    I seem to remember how Obama's election was supposed to improve how foreign countries viewed the US... now American allies like the UK are pissed because Obama outed one of their agents, and those who despise Americans see her as weak...

    As I've heard it said, if the Obama is viewed like the Carter Administration, that's a best case scenario.
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    May 24, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidThousands of Republicans privately voiced support for my appointment and were disappointed by the events that led to my resignation earlier this month.
    That one word speaks volumes!
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    May 25, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303610504577419973861004532.html?mod=ITP_opinion_0

    The claim that gays should be barred from conservative activism is not only bigoted but is a bipartisan view. The intolerant assault comes from the far right, who object to Republicans who are gay, and the far left, who object to gays being Republicans. When the extremists on both sides are the only ones speaking up, the majority suffers.

    Thousands of Republicans privately voiced support for my appointment and were disappointed by the events that led to my resignation earlier this month. Some did so while admitting they disagreed with my support for gay marriage. But they too are passionate about a strong America, personal responsibility and independent religious institutions—issues that should be at the forefront of this year's presidential election.



    Some giant unanswered questions in this self-serving diatribe:

    If so many Republicans were on his side, why did he resign?
    If Romney knew he was gay when he appointed him, and continued to support him, why did Grenell resign?
    If the whole point of this story is that gays can be conservative, why is Grenell not still serving in the conservative campaign he joined?

    Answer: Because the GOP is bitterly anti-gay and drummed him out of his position.

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    May 25, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
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    socalfitness saidVoters need to be reminded of Mr. Obama's foreign-policy performance: his secret whispers to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for more flexibility on missile defense; his snubbing of Israel and other allies while extending a hand to those who want to degrade the U.S.; his inability to lead at the United Nations. The president's record proves he is too politically contrived and dangerously weak to deserve a second term.

    As the longest-serving spokesman for the United States at the United Nations, I saw firsthand the importance of a foreign policy focused on progress, not popularity. One needs to look no further than the brutal regimes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Eun to see that under Mr. Obama the U.S. has turned its back on too many that seek a better way of life.


    I seem to remember how Obama's election was supposed to improve how foreign countries viewed the US... now American allies like the UK are pissed because Obama outed one of their agents, and those who despise Americans see her as weak...

    As I've heard it said, if the Obama is viewed like the Carter Administration, that's a best case scenario.


    Good article on Obama's foreign policy. In a word, pathetic. So many examples in this one article. Additionally, he did all the wrong things with the Russians.

    http://spectator.org/archives/2012/05/21/losing-the-world-to-win-reelec/
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    May 25, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    Thousands supported Grennell as opposed to how many hundreds of thousands that didn't, like that lovely parish whose pastor advocates rounding up the gays for electrified fence concentration camps?

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    May 25, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    Grenell discusses why he left

    Ex-Romney adviser speaks for first time since departure

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/americas-newsroom/index.html#/v/1652926754001/ex-romney-adviser-speaks-for-first-time-since-departure/?playlist_id=86909
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    May 25, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    Wow. What a pathetic douche bag. I'm sure he's been promised some role in the administration for toeing the party line.

    I'm guessing he doesn't even ask for dinner before getting fucked.
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    May 25, 2012 7:18 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidWow. What a pathetic douche bag. I'm sure he's been promised some role in the administration for toeing the party line.

    I'm guessing he doesn't even ask for dinner before getting fucked.


    This comment pretty much is a good gauge of how far you've fallen - from principled if somewhat deluded criticisms to partisan hack. He's a douche bag why precisely? Because he thinks there are more issues in the world than gay marriage? You know, gay men have jobs in the for profit private sector as well. Not that you apparently understand that.
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    May 25, 2012 10:37 AM GMT
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    Christian73 saidWow. What a pathetic douche bag. I'm sure he's been promised some role in the administration for toeing the party line.

    I'm guessing he doesn't even ask for dinner before getting fucked.

    This comment pretty much is a good gauge of how far you've fallen - from principled if somewhat deluded criticisms to partisan hack. He's a douche bag why precisely? Because he thinks there are more issues in the world than gay marriage? You know, gay men have jobs in the for profit private sector as well. Not that you apparently understand that.

    He is a "pathetic douche bag" because he doesn't think Obama deserves another term. But are right, he has devolved from failed attempts at making logical arguments to nothing but a bitter, bile speaking piece of irrelevance.
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    Jun 02, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    Grennell answered all the questions tonight on CNN in a very revealing interview on "Outfront" with Erin Burnett. He stated his unwavering support for Mitt Romney, and outlined quite clearly how the shouts from the far left ("you can't be gay AND conservative") were just as responsible for him resigning as the shouts from the far right ("you can't be conservative AND gay"). Having seen this interview, I have far more respect for Ric Grennell than I did before