Gingrich Ex-Wife: Newt Asked Me For An Open Marriage

It’s he-said, she-said, of course but Newt’s marital history makes this all the more believable.

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Of late, a lot of my conservative friends have been telling me that this sort of marital infidelity doesn’t matter. That it’s between a husband and a wife. There’s some truth in that, though I think loyalty and honesty are important considerations in any candidate. I feel that the sort of person who would betray their spouse is the sort of person who wouldn’t hesitate to betray other things. Like campaign promises.

If two consenting adults agree to have an open marriage I’m not one to judge. I don’t think it would be a good decision, it wouldn’t be something I’d want for myself, but if it’s a decision they make then c’est la vie.

Does this matter? Should voters care about this? I don’t think there’s any one valid way to evaluate a candidate. We all have different priorities. But this added to other things we know about Gingrich paints a very unflattering picture.

Gingrich wasn’t a candidate I’d support before this, but if I were one of his supporters I think this would have me dropping that support.

Update: Ed Morrissey questions the timing:

It is, however, supremely unfair of Marianne to dump this on the race now — not to Newt, but to voters who sincerely backed Gingrich. If Newt so lacked the “moral character” for the Presidency, why did it take Marianne eight months to tell us? Her relative silence in 2011 gave voters the impression that she had nothing to add to the debate over who should represent the GOP in the presidential race.

Of course this was timed to have maximum impact on Gingrich’s campaign, but it doesn’t change the veracity of the comments.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Jamermorrow

    Marriage is the preservation of the family. Good things gays can’t get married because we don’t want to lose the sanctity of marriage. LMFAO

  • Tim Heise

    This is the main reason I’d never vote for him even if he got the nomination.

    • Guest

      So you would vote for four more years of the decline of America.

      • Jamermorrow

        more like 12 years if you add the Bush years

        • Guest

          Lower unemployment, gas at $1.70 per gallon, oil at $37.00 per barrel, electricity much cheaper than it is now, health insurance cheaper than it is now. That’s some decline. Bush was far from perfect, you must enjoy failure on a personal level as well.

          • Jamermorrow

            Lower unemployment was a result of much too low interest rates and government spending. Low interest rates created a phony housing market. Gas was much more than that except at the end when commodity prices fell world wide because the massive fall in the money supply due to bank failures. Health insurance was cheaper but the prescription drug plan is now part of the reason they are much higher. Republicans have not been much better than democrats because of the lesser of two evils approach Republicans always take.

          • Guest

            If I were to agree with you, we’d both be wrong.

          • Guest

            “Lower unemployment was a result of much too low interest rates”

            Interest rates are much lower now, soooo…..

          • Jamermorrow

            Created a phony consumer based economy that is collapsing. Soooo

          • Guest

            I agree, obama’s policies are collapsing the economy, deliberately.

      • Tim Heise

        indirectly, by not voting for president. Sure.

        • Guest

          So you, like Jamer, prefer the continuing decline in America.

          • Tim Heise

            silly guest (if that is your real name). if that phrase makes you feel better then sure whatever. So if we disagree with your political approach, then we want american to die. please.

          • Guest

            My political approach is to vote for whoever is best for the country, and that isn’t obama.

          • Tim Heise

            what if neither canidates are best for America?

          • Guest

            Last time I looked, there’s only one Marxist running in the next election.

          • Tim Heise

            ok I rephrase, what if the “best” person is not running?

          • Guest

            Then you choose the best of what’s available.

    • toomuchguvmint

      So a marxist is preferable to a lyer and cheat?  When was the last time we had a president who never lyed or cheated in any way?  Marxist have traits that are a whole lot worse than lying and cheating!

      • Jamermorrow

        Please explain to me the differences in George Bush’s economic beliefs and Obama’s economic beliefs. Both like low interest rates, both like bailouts, the tax rate differences are marginal, both like government spending, both like government involvement in medical care, both like creating new government agencies. I will concede that Obama is a Marxist but I would also argue that Bush was to.

        • Guest

          Obama thinks that digging the hole deeper and deeper will get us out of the hole. Obama thinks that killing jobs is better than actually letting jobs be created. Dumb move, or calculated move to bring the country down?
          I say calculated move.

      • Tim Heise

        I disagree with some of your terms used but whatever. As far as the “lessor of two evils” approach to voting . . . that is when I do not vote

        • Jamermorrow

          Same here. That attitude is destroying the Republican party. The lesser of two evils attitude is going to ruin the U.S..

          • JustRuss

            Speaking of Romney we’ve often heard, “Don’t let the Perfect be the enemy of the Good.”

            In this case, don’t let the Evil win because Bad is the only other choice.

    • madmartigan

      Who among us is perfect? Do you not believe in redemption? 

      • Tim Heise

        No one is. I do believe in it. We are taught to forgive and forget BUT not to be stupid. No one knows his heart but him and God. I can not and will not vote for someone like that. Their is a different between voting for someone and forgiveness. I do not have to forgive him, for he did nothing to me. Voting for him is completly different.  

      • ellinas1

        Who has been redeemed?
        Who was the redeemer?

    • awfulorv

      And I’d not vote for him because of his treatment of his, lovely, second wife. With exes. like that, who needs Leprosy.   And, also, because I have taken a sizable  position in the Amalgamated Barbed Wire Fence Corp., which I’m certain will increase their sales, exponentially, during Obama’s second term.

  • madmartigan

    All this is old news. It’s been replayed over and over in the media. I wonder if Obama would have been President if the media would have done their job this well and vetted him.  As Perry says, I believe in redemption and that pertains to Newt as well.

  • Captornado

    Has someone fallen on hard times and needs her 5 minutes??

  • A Citizen

    “I feel that the sort of person who would betray their spouse is the sort of person who wouldn’t hesitate to betray other things. Like campaign promises.”

    Are you saying that Obama is cheating on the Moocher?

  • badlands4

    Wait, wait, wait. Wasn’t *she* the mistress he left his wife  for? If so, then……..wow. Hypocrisy with a capital H. Amazing hypocrisy if that is true.

    I would never vote for him, but for this wife, if the affair is true, to complain that he wanted to have  another women in their relationship is pretty pathetic after she *was* the other woman.

    • toomuchguvmint

      I guess Mariannne should not have gotten involved with a married man.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Let he who is without sin vote for Romney.  Romney in a landslide. (sarc)

  • awfulorv

    Well don’t that beat all…I knew the MSM were devious, but I never imagined they could spirit  Marianne “faithful” Gingrich away from Capt. Schettino’s table , off the sinking ship, in total darkness, and deliver her, babbling away, into Gloria Allred’s  hands, just in time to Torpedo Newt’s political aspirations. Damn good job, if you ask me.

  • C. Y.

    All Newt has to do is claim he was an Undercover Democrat at the time and all the accusations will be okay.  :0)

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Didn’t the Clintons have an open marriage? Seriously.

    I’ll never forget about the time Bill used a cigar to play with Monica’s vagina. I bet  he took that cigar and walked down to Hillary’s office, lit the cigar….and blew smoke in Hillary’s face.

    • RCND

      He interrupted her alone time with Barbara Streisand just to do that too I believe

      • mickey_moussaoui

        ha

  • reverendyo

    Newt and Obama are both the most narcissistic candidates of all time.  Newt’s ship will sink after Florida, but right now he is ‘buoyed’ by his ability to play politics and his ‘promises’ to Perry and Palin for their future opportunities on his team.  Newt’s promises have to be taken with his past history in mind, namely his word, his honor and his faithfulness. 

    Bottom line, after Florida, Romney, Santorum and Paul. 

  • awfulorv

     How many taxpayer dollars were spent keeping  Marianne ” Faithful” Gingrich quiet, during Newts time in the House? That’s the question we should be asking.

    • Gil

      How many tax payer dollars are being spent so Moochelle’s mommy can live in the lap of luxury in the Whit House?

      • awfulorv

        You’re misinformed. She dwells in the newly built shack out back, near her Watermelon, and Collard green , patches,  Directing the Dalai Lama to the most discrete exit whenever he visits the White House.

        • Gil

          My mistake, sorry. Thanks for the update!

  • awfulorv

    Neiman! Neiman! For goodness sakes, drop your Internet Exorcism project and hie yourself back to this Blog. A crisis has arisen regarding what looks, suspiciously, like Newt the Grinch, and Free Love, and your wise counsel is desperately needed.  PS:  your costly advice on the Saints is forgiven.

    • awfulorv

      Whew!  Glad to see you’re back. That was close…

  • Brenarlo

    I’m sure he support a Federal Marriage Amendment. 

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Off topic a little, but, why do we assume the woman is a victim when it comes to marital affairs?
    Could it be that Newt’s first wife was the problem? Maybe she has issues.Maybe she pushed Newt out. Just sayin’

  • awfulorv

    On the other hand, you Ugly, bitter, ex wife, if Newt becomes president, and, subsequently, establishes a coherent energy policy, which reduces the cost of a gallon of gas by a dollar, thereby saving American drivers $1.500.000.000 a week, we voters will not care a whit whether Newt banged you every night, on weekends, or never. We will be interested, though, in which of  Obama’s operatives, Axlerod is my choice, dangled the thirty pieces of Silver in front of your greedy eyes.

  • sanity

    I dont care about his “personal” life, I care whether he can do the job, if he can turn things around, if he can pull us back to greatness.

    As for his marriage to her….since then, how has his record been with his current wife? With his kids? How many years ago was this “issue” with his ex?

    Personally, I like Newt for his hard hitting answers and not taking crap from the media when they try and play gotcha games. I do think he is a very smart man…..I just dont think he is presidential material though. I think he is probably as thin-skinned as Obama is, and it irritates me that he made a play up of not going negative and now seems to be the most negative there is.

    As for his ex coming out about personal stuff that was in their marriage, I think is nothing more than a way to hurt Newt for what happened in the marriage, and the media is licking it up like the poodles they are finding something they can use against any republican candidate to hurt their chances.

    Have to ask yourself this, if this was a Democrat in this position – would the media be so hyped and wanting to break this before the SC primary? Would they want to break it at all?

    Married to Marianne Ginther (1981–2000).
    Callista Gingrich (2000–present) 

    His current wife he has been with for about 12 years. Has there been any issues? Troubles? Problems with his current wife of 12 years?

    You want to decide on support based on problems he had many years ago rob, with an ex-wife that is bitter with how things were or turned out. When you get divorced, most times, it is bitter, it can turn nasty…….so do we base support for a person on something that occurred 12 + years ago and getting information from an ex who probably hates him?

    I have my own reason why I dont think he is the right one for president, but its not going to be based off of what he did or didnt do in his previous marriage. If I had to decide it would be based off his performance in doing his JOB for this Country.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Oh Newtie Newtie Newtie whatcha gonna do?

    And nutters, do you think if Newton Leroy somehow becomes your nominee, that this will go away?

    But please do go on about how little a candidates character, their personal character, means to you.
    I really enjoy reading those comments.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      On the liberal ABC network news tonight one of Newt’s own daughters said the mother was lying. That pretty much settles it when a daughter calls out the mother and the ex husband won’t make a negative comment about the wife. She’s bitter and making it up.

      After Clinton’s multiple affairs and possible rapes I just can’t get too excited over any Washington politician marriage scandals any more. Now that gays are getting married the whole concept doesn’t hold much sanctity anymore.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Yes, Newtie, being the family values man that he is, probably called a family meeting and presented his side of story. Ya know, the one where he wanted to do the intern without divorcing his wife and asked his daughters if they were OK with that. I’m sure that they all were there, they prayed on it. Later, Newtie decided to do the intern later in the week, ya know, didn’t want to upset the Misuses and daughters with all this new age free love mumbo jumbo, and the girls baked cookies and braided each others hair.

        • Jerry

          You just described Bubba Clinton and his women.
          You dope.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          It’s not Newt’s sex life that inflames you. It is the possibility that some Republicans might value marriage. You can’t lump all Republicans under one roof. It’s not a one size fits all political party. Maybe you had a failed marriage and you think they are judging you when some of them speak out against infidelity. This election isn’t about who is the better husband. The Kennedy’s and Bill Clinton killed and burried that presidential image years ago. This election is about the Marxist in the Whitehouse and what has to be done to remove him. Nothing more.

  • Jerry

    Oh nutter booooob. If we use your standards, and those of other dem/libs, Newt will get TWO terms just like Bubba Clinton did.
    You dope.

  • awfulorv

    Once again we have clear evidence that man is not programmed to be Monogamous. Matter of fact, this notion that women are always trying to convince we men of, that a square peg can be pounded into a round hole, speaks volumes of their, peculiar, thought processes.

    • Tim Heise

      barf

      • awfulorv

        NWR

  • awfulorv

    This just in: Chelsea Clinton has filed suit against her parents to recover the cost of replacing the 417, and counting, mirrors she has had to replace during her teen, and young adulthood, years.

  • awfulorv

    That picture of Marianne Faithful is a classic. It reminds me of the annoyed look so many of my female “employees” have given me as I, in the course of paying them for their services, have burrowed into my pouch, in search of pennies. 

  • two_amber_lamps

    Why are leftist shill media outlets allowed to run debates?  Newt takes John King out behind the woodshed…

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/newt-gingrich-attacks-john-king-asking-abo

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