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GOP hopes dashed

Posted on: May 10, 2012

Republican hopes  that Grenell might represent a sea change for the Republican Party were aparently premature.  On Wednesday the Huffington Post reported that Richard Grenell had quit the Romney campaign.

According to him, he left because he felt “like his reputation was being destroyed by criticism and he was unable to defend himself.”  Most of said criticism came from far right figures like Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, and Gary Bauer, all of whom expressed worry that his hiring might signal that Romney supports gay marriage and that Grenell would advocate for his beliefs inside the White House.

Several top Romney officials tried to persuade Grenell to stay, and the campaign even went as far as to contact Ken Mehlman and try to appeal to Grenell to stay on, but Grenell was convinced that the Romney campaign staffers did not do enough to confront or privately persuade conservative leaders to quiet their criticism.

There are hints that there may have been some internal pushback as well.  Rather than boldly defending Grenell the campaign provided statements upon request and kept him from defending himself publically.  One source even reports that he was told to “be quiet and not to speak up until it went away.”  Last week, he was even “instructed to shut up” before a foreign policy conference call with reporters according to Andrew Sullivan and the Huffington Post.

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