Re: Exit, Pursued By Elephant

by Katrina Trinko

Kevin, it’s worth noting that while Richard Grenell himself seems to be suggesting in his statement that pressure from some social conservatives was the issue (“[M]y ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign”), he also authored hundreds of controversial tweets. And Grenell was also disliked by some of the reporters he worked with, with a Reuters reporter referring to him to the Huffington Post as “the most dishonest and deceptive press person I ever worked with.” Now, the tweets may not have been the issue (the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin reports none of  her “sources familiar with the situation” mentioned the tweets as a factor), and no doubt, just about every spokesperson has some reporters who are not fans. But without more information, it seems a little early to definitively say the only possible reason for Grenell’s decision to resign was related to his support for gay marriage.

UPDATE: “We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons,” says Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades in a statement. “We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.”