The Corner

Re: Exit, Pursued By Elephant

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.” 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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