Romney is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t with some conservatives.
Right Wing Watch dug up tape of American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer from last week. He slammed Mitt Romney… for not standing up to people like him.
“If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin?” The evangelical leader railed, “How is he going to stand up to North Korea if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me? I don’t think Romney is realizing the doubts that this begins to raise about his leadership.”
Fischer first criticized Romney for hiring Richard Grenell, an openly gay man, as his foreign policy spokesman, then called it a “huge win” after he resigned. Now, Fischer said the whole ordeal exposed Romney’s fragility as a leader for letting Grenell go.
Addressing the situation last week, Romney said, “We wanted him to stay with our team. He’s a very accomplished spokesperson, and we select people not based upon their ethnicity or sexual preference or gender, but their capability.”
Grenell cited the “hyper-partisan discussion” surrounding his personal life as a reason for his departure.