Romney’s former openly-gay adviser rewriting history to blame left for his job loss

Sorry, but this man and his friends already let the truth slip out right after he was forced out of the Romney campaign. He left because the right-wing forced him out. Yet now he seems to be attempting to rewrite a little history to help his former boss (who didn’t lift a finger to defend him).

It’s also possible that this newspaper is trying to rewrite the history. Christian Post:

Richard Grenell, an openly gay foreign policy expert, was on staff with the Romney campaign for less than two weeks. But in his first interview since resigning, he insists that he was not forced to step down.

In a recent interview with The Desert Sun, Grenell said that it was his decision to leave the Romney campaign after he realized he would be a distraction to the campaign and its message.

“The far left doesn’t want a gay person to be conservative and the far right doesn’t want a conservative to be a gay person,” says Grenell. “Some of the most hateful, mean-spirited intolerant comments about me being the foreign policy and national security spokesman for Governor Romney…were coming from the left.”

Oh, folks on the left weren’t sympathetic at all to any gay man supporting a candidate who doesn’t even believe in his basic humanity (or, in the case of Romney, is practically an honorary homosexual but now is pretending to be Atila the Hun in order to convince voters he’s really a Republican, when he’s really not). But it was the right wing who called for Grenell’s head, and got it. Let me quote at length from my previous post on the matter:

UPDATE: Per Jennifer Ruben at the Washington Post, Romney threw the gay spokesman under the bus:
During the two weeks after Grenell’s hiring was announced the Romney campaign did not put Grenell out to comment on national security matters and did not use him on a press foreign policy conference call. Despite the controversy in new media and in conservative circles, there was no public statement of support for Grenell by the campaign and no supportive social conservatives were enlisted to calm the waters.

Wow. From the Washington Post’s conservative blogger, Jennifer Ruben:

Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives
By Jennifer Rubin

Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives.

Pieces in two conservative publications, the National Review and Daily Caller, reflected the uproar by some social conservatives over the appointment. [UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Although Grenell also raised the ire of liberal commentators with now-deleted tweets about certain prominent women, none of the sources I spoke with mentioned the tweets as a factor in his resignation decision.]

And Romney specifically told his gay spokesman to shut up, in order to appease the far right that was out for his neck.

Even former Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer seemed appalled at the way the Romney camp was treating Grenell.

And in the end it was the very far right hate groups that Romney was wooing who claimed credit for Grenell’s political demise.

But as is typical on the right, nuance is a foreign concept. Left and right weren’t happy with Grenell (his sexist and homophobic comments about Democratic political leaders didn’t help), but only one side refused to defend Grenell, and then took Grenell’s scalp as a trophy – his own side.

And that’s the best proof I can give for why Grenell’s critics were right – why work for a team that hates you?


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