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Gingrich’s Second Wife Says Newt Wanted Open Marriage

Posted on Jan 19, 2012

It’s kind of awkward, when one is trying to woo Republican family values enthusiasts, to have one’s ex-wife drop the kind of PR bomb that Newt Gingrich’s second missus, Marianne Gingrich, just did at the height of the campaign season.

Team Newt was scrambling Thursday to contain the fallout from the former Mrs. Gingrich’s interview with ABC’s Brian Ross, slated to air that evening after yet another GOP debate, in which she claimed her ex-husband, ever the political animal, had once proposed that they make a radical change in their marital model. A clip from the “Nightline” interview follows the excerpt below.  —KA

“Election 2012” in The Wall Street Journal:

ABC just put out a video clip and excerpts of the interview, which is scheduled to air on Nightline tonight after the GOP presidential debate in South Carolina. Ms. Gingrich, who was married to the former House speaker for 18 years, said she is disclosing details of her marriage now to tell voters what she knows about Mr. Gingrich’s character. The two divorced in 1999, after, she says, Mr. Gingrich had suggested an open marriage that would allow him to continue an affair with Callista Bisek,  the congressional aide who later became his third wife.

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By NZDoug, January 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

What a slimball!
I felt emabarrassed having him on my tv.

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By A Bird in the Hand, January 20, 2012 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

Newt is the classic bought and paid for politician..
‘Do as I say not as I do’...And he means it. He really believes that he is somehow better than us and is above what he insists on applying to the ‘rest of us’..Hypocrite..

South Carolina: Please wake up..soon.

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By upgradeyourlife, January 20, 2012 at 9:29 am Link to this comment

I can’t believe this serial liar is even given air-time, then they have the audacity to say Ron Paul isn’t a serious candidate.

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By Dennis in MI, January 20, 2012 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
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What a joke these mainstream Rtards are. Did ya see how the audience reacted when he blames the media? the corporate, right wing, not liberal, MSM? South Carolina, bastion of family values is gonna vote for Newt because he is the lowest common denominator in the lowlands of the slave state south. Newt’l show how low we can go.

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By Egomet Bonmot, January 20, 2012 at 8:39 am Link to this comment


“I see no problem, no hypocrisy, in watching an immoral man speak of the virtues of morality.”

Sadly a million South Carolina crackers are gonna disagree with you.

Btw Callista is ancient Greek for most beautiful.  Gingrich is the Goldilocks candidate.

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By IMax, January 20, 2012 at 4:16 am Link to this comment

Richard Raznikov,

One could argue that a man who drinks is the best to speak to the problems that come with drinking.

I see no problem, no hypocrisy, in watching an immoral man speak of the virtues of morality.

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By BrilliantBill, January 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment

Though I risk insulting the porcine, Newton Gingrich is a pig, pure and simple.

How any country can not only tolerate but take seriously such a pig in public life is beyond absurd.

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By Berynice, January 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment

I’m dumbfounded that any woman wants to have sex with him. Amazing!

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By Richard Raznikov, January 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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In answer to Travis S. 
We don’t care about a politician’s personal life.  However, we do care about liars
and hypocrites because they make really bad choices for high office –– as we
should’ve learned by now.  If a candidate drinks, that’s not news unless it effects
his/her job performance.  But how about if the same candidate who drinks makes
speeches about how drinking is a sin?  Then it’s an issue.  Same with Gingrich.  It’s
his ‘holier than thou’ posturing which creates the story.  If he hadn’t spent so
much time attacking the morals of others, his serial adultery wouldn’t be that
significant to me.

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By omop, January 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

If De Newt had done some heavy thinking he would have converted to the
Islamic faith [which as one who has converted a couple of times] he would
know that he could marry at least 4 women if he could afford it.

Or the real reason for his wanting “an open marriage” is because Calista
was not ready to commit.

In either case we were spared another stab at defining what “is” IS.

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By Travis S, January 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment
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Why do we care about a politicians personal life? Let’s let bad candidates just be
bad candidates. We dont’ need this sludge to define the problems.

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