Romney's campaign is facing criticism for its handling of a situation involving Richard Grenell, an openly gay man who resigned this week as the campaign's foreign policy spokesman after anti-gay conservatives complained about his hiring.
According to sources familiar with the situation, Grenell decided to resign after campaign officials specifically instructed Grenell to remain silent during a time when national security issues, including the President’s ad concerning Osama bin Laden, had emerged front and center in the campaign.
It sounds like the Romney campaign kept Grennell hidden to appease the ultra-conservative anti-gay far right.
Executive director of GOProud, Jimmy LaSalvia said, “There are choices to be made in campaigns, they chose to be quiet in hopes that it would blow over, and it festered and got worse. Had they confronted it, it wouldn't have become the issue that it did."
Mitt Romney stayed quiet in this instance just like he stayed quiet during a Republican debate last year when a U.S. soldier was booed. According to Mitt Romney (click on the link to see the video) he hasn't made it his "practice to listen to the cheers and the boos and then try and correct the people on their expressions and their views" but he has clarified he heard the people booing our soldier and did nothing.