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Details emerge about resignation of Mitt Romney's gay spokesman

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  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    May 3, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    "Those close to Mr. Grenell, known as Ric, insist that when he had sought forceful support from those who had entrusted him with a major role..."

    Um, excuse me, but "Ric" was hired to provide forceful support for Romney, not the other way around.

    Sounds like "Ric" anticipated that his open gayness would be displayed like a badge of honor by Camp Romney, and that didn't happen. Most "straight" people can keep their sexual orientation in the closet; why is that so difficult for some gay people?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 3, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    It must be a slow news day. The slogan is "It's the economy stupid". The liberals will do anything to change the subject.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 3, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    I suppose it was pretty easy to go through lots of people at Bain Capital, so what's one more or less? But this kind of little ugliness shows again Mitt's weakness, which he'd be packing to the White House. You can't please everybody, not even everybody claiming to be on your side. Caving in to a little group of radio haters will only encourage them to do it all again, and they will NEVER be satisfied.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    May 3, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Rather blew all to heck the new BYU philosophy with their Gay Forum, and the supposed understanding of the LDS Church towards Gays. Perhaps if Romney were not Mormon, this incident would disappear with the outgoing tide.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 3, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    Sounds like this was a bad idea from the get go.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 3, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Just another example, and we'll have plenty more, of how Mitt is not worthy to be president. Remember he left office as the Govenor of Massachuests after only one term and a 30% approval rating. He's the Republican's "John Kerry".

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    @bikeboy
    "Sounds like "Ric" anticipated that his open gayness would be displayed like a badge of honor by Camp Romney, and that didn't happen. Most "straight" people can keep their sexual orientation in the closet; why is that so difficult for some gay people?"

    You're blaming Ric for bigoted conservatives bringing up his sexual orientation? First off straight people don't keep their sexual orientation in the closet, they openly display pictures of their wives or husbands on their office desks. The only reason this is difficult for gay people is that when they do things that straight people take for granted, they get harrassed for it.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    May 3, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    atl134, sounds like Ric never had a chance to put any pictures of his loved one(s) on his desk. The article is fairly devoid of details of what he did to offend the "religious right," other than being gay (and that alone shouldn't be basis for termination), but apparently he was going all catty with various females that the liberals like to put on pedestals. (If I'm interpreting "twitter barb" correctly...)

    Apparently somebody at Camp Romney concluded that he would end up being a liability to the effort, rather than an asset. It's unlikely Romney will get much of the gay vote either way.

  • Kdee SLC, UT
    May 3, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    Hmm - so the right objected because of who he is - a gay man - and the left objected because of his actions - making inappropriate comments about Newt Gingrich's wife, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Rachel Maddow, along with other questionable tweets.

    Who you are versus your ability to do the job for which you were hired.....

    Somehow, I think the liberals have the high road on this one.

  • George Bronx, NY
    May 3, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    @VST
    While it was not easy to find I was able to confirm that the actual approval rating for Romney was 34% in 2007. If you google surveyusa you can find the information on the poll numbers for his entire time as governor. While I cannot excuse FT's spelling errors maybe I can console you by saying their, there, they're