It only been two weeks since the still-not-officially-but-will-totally-be Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney announced he'd hired Richard Grenell -- an openly gay Republican -- as his foreign policy spokesman.
But, on Tuesday, Richard quit the campaign.
So, what happened?
- Many conservative talking heads and writers had problems with Richard (a.k.a. Ric), due to what they claimed was his possibly shaky loyalty about his sexuality.
- One columnist suggested that Ric would jump ship as soon President Obama announced his support for gay marriage.
- The Romney campaign responded to the backlash by keeping Ric away from the press, which goes a bit against the point of being a spokesman, no?
- Meanwhile, the Obama campaign started hammering Mitt about his statements and stances on foreign policy, to which Ric should have been responding.
In a statement released to the press, Ric explained:
"My 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 then thanked Mitt for "his belief in me and my abilities and his clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team."
We hate to say "we told you so" when we first wrote about Ric's hiring on April 24th and noted that "this could get kind of messy."
Wait, we don't hate that ... because we told you so!
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