The Republicans view of family first may have been damaged by the idea of an openly gay foreign policy spokesman. On his radio show, Sean Hannity mentioned the one who took the hardest hit by the Romney campaign was Newt Gingrich. It could be said that Richard Grenell also took a hard hit. He was on the Romney team for less than a month, and forced out of his position by right wing extremist.
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association felt as though Romney had told the pro-family community to "drop dead," with his hiring of an openly gay man. Anti-discrimination laws may someday work in the favor of the LGBT community, but not today. Fischer believes Governor Romney has a much better shot at the evangelicals vote, with Grenell off the team. Bryan Fischer declared, "Huge win." He doesn't believe Romney will make the mistake again too soon of not discriminating against what one is as opposed to what they can offer.
Mitt Romney proved he wasn't antigay when he hired an openly gay representative to his staff. All who see this view may have their blinders on. One who is able to look past sexual orientation should have no problem defending their selection of those they add to their staff. Mr. Romney may have had stars in his eyes when he first considered the addition of Mr. Grenell to his team. Since Romney is openly Mormon, he should have known Grenell's place on his staff would be criticized. Money can buy a lot, but it can't buy him the LGBT and the Family Values vote at the same time.
Richard Grenell has a Masters degree from Harvard University's JFK School of Government. He served in the UN for six years, and has been in public relations and communications for roughly twenty years. Based on his qualifications, he appeared to be Mr. Right for the job. Richard Grenell had also thought he found his Mr. Right, when given the opportunity with Governor Romney. He was being given an opening to go up against Obama's policies. This relationship didn't work out, but hopefully neither will stay discouraged for long. Mr. Right's still out there, somewhere.