Staff Reports
Created: 04/20/2012 07:49:21 AM PDT

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has reportedly hired Richard A. Grenell, who has been a spokesman for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, as his national security and foreign policy spokesman.

The Washington Post reported that Grenell, a veteran communications strategist who also served in George W. Bush’s administration and also with the United Nations, is among a series of new hires on the Romney campaign as the candidate beefs up his staff for the general election against President Obama.

Grenell, who is based out of Los Angeles, has gained attention in the Inland Empire as a communications manager for Jeff Burum. Burum, who runs the development firm Colonies Partners – the developer of The Colonies Crossroads in Upland — has been fighting county prosecutors in court over allegations of corruption several former public officials surrounding a $102 million settlement agreement the county made with Burum’s firm.