Thursday, January 19, 2012
Marianne Gingrich, Newt’s wife from 1981–2000, is set to unload on her ex-husband saying her revelations are so damning they could finally end his political career.
So serious is the matter that Newt Gingrich cancelled all interviews on Wednesday to deal with the unfolding matter.
In an ABC Nightline interview set to air tonight, Marianne Gingrich says her former husband sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.
ABC reporter Brian Ross interviewed Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s second wife, with whom he’s said he has no relationship. The segment is likely to air Thursday on “Nightline,” an ABC News executive told The Associated Press.
The ABC News executive did not indicate what the ex-wife, Marianne Gingrich, said in the interview. The executive spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans for airing the interview were tentative.
The interview, should it air before Saturday’s primary, would shine a spotlight on a part of Gingrich’s past that could turn off Republican voters in a state filled with religious and cultural conservatives who may cringe at Gingrich’s two divorces and acknowledged infidelity.
In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.
Marianne Gingrich has said Gingrich proposed to her before the divorce from his first wife was final in 1981, and they were married six months later. Marianne’s marriage to Gingrich ended in divorce in 2000, and Gingrich admitted he’d already taken up with Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide who would become his third wife. The speaker who pilloried President Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky was himself having an affair at the time.