Update, 1/20: Nothing new here – go home. Angry, bitter wife being used by ABC to do a hit piece on Gingrich and drag Romney down at the same time. Apparently they do the work of the DNC now. It was a whole lot of trash and it wasn’t even interesting.
Original Story: Newt Gingrich’s father was alleged to have been a womanizing drunk who beat his wife – Newt’s mother – even while she was pregnant with Newt. When they married, Newt’s mother was 16 and his father 19, according to the Daily Mail. That, to me, should be an example for all abused children – no matter what you have lived through, it does not have to define you. Newt rose above it. The shame is not Newt’s
Now Newt’s ex-wife number 2, Marianne Gingrich, who remained married to Newt for 18 years, revealed some sordid information in an Esquire interview in 2010 and now she’s doing it again on ABC tonight during ABC’s Nightline at 11:35.
Of their relationship, she says during the Esquire interview, “We started talking and we never quit until he asked me for a divorce.” She once said he’d make a wonderful President. Apparently she has changed her mind.
Esquire:…she often speaks with great kindness of her former husband. She still believes in his politics. She supports the Tea Parties. She still uses the name Marianne Gingrich instead of going back to Ginther, her maiden name…
…”He was impressed easily by position, status, money,” she says. “He grew up poor and always wanted to be somebody, to make a difference, to prove himself, you know. He has to be historic to justify his life.”
She says she should have seen the red flags. “He asked me to marry him way too early. And he wasn’t divorced yet. I should have known there was a problem.”
Within weeks or months?
The article goes on to say she is remarkably lacking in bitterness, which is nonsense, since her words throughout this article give lie to that statement; and frankly, she was the other woman and no innocent before her marriage to Newt.
How seriously anyone wants to take her comments is an individual choice, but her interview will be aired on ABC tonight, so, like it or not, we will hear the story around the clock and it will have some effect on the South Carolina race the next day.
Does ABC want to eliminate Newt Gingrich as a candidate and, if so, why? Perhaps they are just reporting what they believe to be news. Does it speak to his character and does it matter? It didn’t seem to matter in Clinton’s situation.
Read the story in its entirety here – Esquire – or wait for ABC to air their interview:
Greta Van Susteren published the following letter from Newt’s daughters –
To: ABC News Leadership
From: Kathy Lubbers, Jackie Cushman
Date: January 18, 2012
The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for everyone involved. Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events.
We will not say anything negative about our father’s ex-wife. He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves.
ABC News or other campaigns may want to talk about the past, just days before an important primary election. But Newt is going to talk to the people of South Carolina about the future – about job creation, lower taxes, and about who can defeat Barack Obama by providing the sharpest contrast to his damaging, extreme liberalism. We are confident this is the conversation the people of South Carolina are interested in having.
Our father is running for President because of his grandchildren – so they can inherit the America he loves. To do that, President Obama must be defeated. And as the only candidate in the race, including Obama, who has actually helped balance the national budget, create jobs, reform welfare, and cut taxes and spending, Newt felt compelled to run – to serve his country and safeguard his grandchildren’s future.
Why was Marianne Gingrich silent for so many years but now feels the need to come out with all this personal information? She sounds hurt, angry, and mean. She is hurting the children and other family members. Don’t get me wrong – Newt’s personal values are not mine. Newt, for what it’s worth has apologized and claims to have changed his ways. I do believe in atonement and forgiveness.