Why Would an Openly Gay Romney Staffer Resign?

Richard Grenell spoke to the Washington Post about his decision to step down just seven days after being hired as Romney’s spokesman for foreign policy issues:

“While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, 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…I want to thank Governor Romney 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.”

His resignation may have had something to do with articles like this one by Bryan Fischer: 

“If the Secret Service scandal teaches us one thing, it is this: a man’s private sexual conduct matters when we’re talking about public office…Given the propensity for members of the homosexual community to engage in frequent and anonymous sexual encounters, the risk to national security of having a homosexual in a high-ranking position with access to secret information is obvious.”

TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro looks at the social and political dynamics of a campaign trapped by it’s base.