Good Afternoon folks, this story is impossible to ignore. I hadn’t planned on staying with another Newt story two days in a row, but this one has to be put out there now…it’s been a fast and furious story since last night and all day today so far. We all know the mainstream media is going to do whatever they have to do to take out any candidate we have on our side of the aisle…nothing new there, but this is undoubtedly a major one when it comes to Newt.
Here’s a detailed report from the Washington Post…no friend of anyone on the right, but it does spell out much of what is going on with the latest scandal regarding Newt’s past with an interview from his second wife Marianne:
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 1999 asked his second wife for an “open marriage” or a divorce at the same time he was giving speeches around the country on family and religious values, his former wife, Marianne, told The Washington Post on Thursday.
Marianne Gingrich said she first heard from the former speaker about the divorce request as she was waiting in the home of her mother on May 11, 1999, her mother’s 84th birthday. Over the phone, as she was having dinner with her mother, Newt Gingrich said, “I want a divorce.”
Shocked, Marianne Gingrich replied: “Is there anybody else?” she recalled. “He was quiet. Within two seconds, when he didn’t immediately answer, I knew.”
The next day, Newt Gingrich gave a speech titled “The Demise of American Culture” to the Republican Women Leaders Forum in Erie, Pa., extolling the virtues of the founding fathers and criticizing liberal politicians for supporting tax increases, saying they hurt families and children.
“When a liberal talks about values, will he or she actually like us to teach American history?” Newt Gingrich told the women’s group. “Will they actually like young people to learn that George Washington was an ethical man? A man of standards, a man who earned the right to be father of this country?”
Appearing at a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, the former speaker called the interview by his ex-wife “tawdry and inappropriate,” and refused to answer any questions about it.
“I’m not going to say anything about Marianne,” he said, as his third wife Callista stood a few paces behind him.
Marianne Gingrich said she was speaking out for the first time this year because she wanted her story told from her point of view, rather than be depicted as the victim or suffer a whisper campaign by supporters of Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid.
“How could he ask me for a divorce on Monday and within 48 hours give a speech on family values and talk about how people treat people?” she said.
Asked about the timing of the revelations, she said she had had so many requests for interviews that “it was unavoidable.” She said that during a campaign season, “I knew I wouldn’t get through this year without” doing the interview.
The Gingrich campaign spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
In the four weeks after that 1999 phone call, Marianne and Newt Gingrich saw a counselor. During that time, he seemed to vacillate about what he wanted to do. Marianne Gingrich had learned the name of his then-paramour, Callista — now his wife — though Newt Gingrich never talked about her by name.
Newt Gingrich asked Marianne for an “open marriage” so that he could continue to see whoever he wanted. Marianne Gingrich, who had attended services in a Baptist church with Newt Gingrich, refused.
She said she decided to go public when she heard someone make derogatory comments about her on a radio program.
“Truthfully, my whole purpose was to get out there about who I was, so Newt couldn’t create me as an evil, awful person, which was starting to happen,” she said.
She talked on video for two hours to ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross, an edited version of which will be broadcast on Thursday night’s “Nightline,” and a transcript of which was released today. She laughed when told that some were reporting that she had a “bombshell,” and emphasized that many of her views of Newt Gingrich and his political positions are positive.
In anticipation of the interview, Newt Gingrich told NBC’s “Today” show that his divorce was a private matter. He said his daughters from his first marriage had written a letter to ABC News asking the network to spike the broadcast.
“Intruding into family things that are more than a decade old is simply wrong,” he told NBC.
Then we have Rush Limbaugh adding his two cents on the matter today, you can read more here.
Now, lets see..the hypocrisy of the media is nothing but obvious, it always has been since I can remember and that’s been quite a long time. We all remember the pass they gave BJ Clintoon when it comes to his past affairs. Some of us have read and may remember the press keeping it under their hats for their beloved JFK and his numerous affair, one with Marily Monroe…on and on it goes.
But for me, speaking as a woman…what Newt’s done is no laughing matter and there is no excuses for this no matter which way it tries to be spun by those on our side of the aisle when it comes to some of the Talking Heads via radio. In fact it’s quite insulting to me….but that’s just me.
So folks, before the South Carolina debate tonight we all know some of the questions that may be asked by the leftist on CNN about Newt’s problems, along with the BS they put out all day yesterday and today about Romney’s Cayman Islands taxes etc, etc. At least he paid his taxes and hasn’t had to go back and amend them unlike what tons of dems, presidents or not have had to do. Oh yes, the hypocrisy is deep when it comes to the left and their sanctimonious non-stop talking points that is nothing but pure crap with their never-ending agenda of search and destroy…nevertheless, what Newt did doesn’t make it right in my eyes!
Anyway folks, to cut to the chase…do you think this revelation from Newt’s second wife will hurt him, or backfire on the media?