Gingrich camp heads off ex-wife interview

January 19, 2012

The Gingrich campaign launched a preemptive strike  as news spread that ABC plans to broadcast a potentially damaging interview with Newt Gingrich’s second ex-wife  on  Thursday —  just two days before Saturday’s crucial South Carolina primary.

Gingrich’s daughters (from his first marriage) Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman came to their father’s defense in a letter released by his presidential campaign.

“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,” the daughters said in the letter addressed to ABC News Leadership.

“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,” the letter said.

The daughters also said  the former House Speaker intends to stay on message, suggesting one thing he will not be talking about in South Carolina is the ABC interview.

“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… We are confident this is the conversation the people of South Carolina are interested in having,” they said.

Gingrich, who’s married,  has been divorced twice and admitted to cheating on his first two wives, including while he led the charge to impeach former President Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky affair.

Gingrich addressed the issue earlier in the campaign. A renewed spotlight on his past domestic troubles could not have come at a worse time.

Gingrich has been giving Republican front-runner Mitt Romney a run for his money in South Carolina, gaining on the former Massachusetts governor in polls and drawing enthusiastic crowds at campaign events.

Photo Credit: Eric Thayer (Gingrich at campaign stop in Winnsboro, SC)


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One divorce might be a personal tragedy, but serial cheating and multiple divorces do in fact point to personal faults that cannot be ignored.

This guy has spread his self rightousness while being a serial cheat, and having numerous other character defects that make him unworthy of holding any office.

Posted by Robert76 | Report as abusive

Well, personal business is personal business and in today’s society divorce has become a norm, With that said who cares about what happened years ago, what about today; unemployment over 9%, home forclosures still going up, there is imense suffering and hardships because people can’t find meaningful work and just a couple of years ago the last Democrat in the White House was dipping his cigars in a women junk. So, let’s worry about our futre rather than somebodies past.

Posted by toledofan | Report as abusive

Her interview displays Newt character’s and narcissistic side. Newt and his daughters can spin this anyway they want but the matter of fact is that Newt is a lying cheating SOB. Toledofan you can also spin this anyway you like by saying divorce is the norm nowadays. First of all cheating on both wives is not the norm in any given moment and secondly, evangelicals of South Carolina should be made aware of Newt’s adultress lifestyle while attempting to impeach President Clinton at the same time.

Posted by Rjohn24991 | Report as abusive

You have to wonder about evangelicals/conservatives who were outraged about Clinton’s infidelities, but are willing to ignore Newts — especially since Gingrich says he has gone to God for forgiveness; yet Marianne says he has never asked for HER forgiveness.

So, she’s saying that while he was giving speeches on family values and condemning Clinton for HIS adultery, Newt had been carrying on a 6-year affair with Callista; indicated he wanted an ‘open marriage\'; and said he found his mistress superior because she didn’t care whether he had other women, and she was going to help him become president.

I have to question the sincerity of the faith of a woman who has an adulterous affair with a man – especially a man whose wife is ill – and who will sleep in the wife’s own bed with him.

Regardless of what he professes, it appears to me that Newt’s commitment isn’t to his country, his faith or any of his wives — His commitment is to the furtherance of his own political power.

Posted by Red_In_Denver1 | Report as abusive

Watching Gingrich is like watching Jerry Springer. Too much drama. Not enough brains.

“Girl, I told you I was done. I was done witchooo and witch yo hair plugs.”

“Yeah, well these hairplugs were from my cancer, fool. Maybe you baldass should get summa them.”

Posted by AlkalineState | Report as abusive

Can anyone really see Callista as “First Lady?”
First “Mistress” maybe, but not First lady.

Posted by HAL.9000 | Report as abusive

Why do reporters always seem to omit crucial details?

The article says:

“Gingrich, who’s married, has been divorced twice and admitted to cheating on his first two wives, including while he led the charge to impeach former President Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky affair.”

It SHOULD say:

“Gingrich, who’s married, has been divorced twice and admitted to cheating on his first two wives, including while he led the charge to impeach former President Bill Clinton for [LYING TO FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ABOUT THE] the Monica Lewinsky affair.”

We ARE paying attention out here.

Posted by OldHuck | Report as abusive

He’s a hypocrite, plain and simple. Do you want a “man” of such “character” as YOUR president? I certainly don’t.

Posted by gregbrew56 | Report as abusive

Once a cheater, always a cheater.

Posted by allotta | Report as abusive

This is a man in love with himself. If he is sleeping around personally, why not politically? Toledofan, divorce is a lot more common these days, it’s true, but that hasn’t changed it into a character asset! What happens if you vote for him because he said,”X”; and he does Y? What if he does something that you absolutely hate and never dreamed he would do based on the promises he made to you during the election? You can’t divorce him for four years! Personally, I wish politicians’ sexual exploits were left out of the mix.

Posted by Mccaigallen | Report as abusive